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Managing Future Forests for Water
Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists recently used long-term data from the Coweeta Hydrological Laboratory (Coweeta) in Western North Carolina to examine the feasibility of managing forests for water supply under the changing weather conditions forecast for the future.  View News Article (2011-09-29)

Salamanders Are a More Abundant Food Source in Forest Ecosystems Than Previously Thought
In the 1970s, ecologists published results from one of the first whole-forest ecosystem studies ever conducted in Hubbard Brook, New Hampshire. View News Article (2014-11-19)

Suggestions for a middle ground between unlogged forest and intensively managed lands
It is increasingly recognized that protected areas alone are not sufficient for successful biodiversity conservation, and that management of production areas (e.g. forestry and agricultural land) plays a crucial role in that respect. View News Article (2013-03-19)

Northwest Forest Plan has unintended benefit - carbon sequestration
The Northwest Forest Plan enacted in 1993 was designed to conserve old-growth forests and protect species such as the northern spotted owl, but researchers conclude in a new study that it had another powerful and unintended consequence - increased carbon sequestration on public lands. View News Article (2011-07-25)

Research synthesis shines light on several management options after fires in diverse ecosystems
No single decision-support system exists for selecting alternatives for postfire management. That thesis is what a recently released report on management after fire hinges upon. The publication, Effects of Timber Harvest Following Wildfire in Western North America, tells us that the type of forest landscape determines the ways fire and logging may change an area after a wildfire. View News Article (2009-03-20)

Study shows diversity of habitat needed around spotted owl reserves
A study just published this week shows many bird species, including several of high conservation concern, aren't getting the habitat they need due to a focus on promoting California Spotted Owl habitat in the northern Sierra Nevada.  View News Article (2015-04-29)

Climate change to increase forest fire danger in Europe
Climate change is expected to contribute to a dramatic increase in forest fire damage in Europe, but better forest management could mitigate the problem, according to new research from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). View News Article (2014-09-08)

Sustainable co-existence with wildfire recognizes ecological benefits, human needs
When wildfire and people intersect, it is often in the wildland-urban interface, or WUI, a geography where homes, roads and trails intermix with fire-prone vegetation. View News Article (2014-11-06)

Biodiversity in production forests can be improved without large costs
Forest management is based on recommendations that are supposed to maximize economic revenues. However, in 40% of cases a better economic result would be achieved by neglecting some of the recommendations. This would also greatly benefit biodiversity.  View News Article (2014-02-11)

Refining Fire Behavior Modeling
Research by USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station biometrician Bernie Parresol takes center stage in a special issue of the journal Forest Ecology and Management due out in June. View News Article (2012-05-23)

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