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Southern forest science: past, present, and future


H. Michael Rauscher



Publication type:

General Technical Report (GTR)

Primary Station(s):

Southern Research Station


Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-75. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 394 p.


Southern forests provide innumerable benefits. Forest scientists, managers, owners, and users have in common the desire to improve the condition of these forests and the ecosystems they support. A first step is to understand the contributions science has made and continues to make to the care and management of forests. This book represents a celebration of past accomplishments, summarizes the current state of knowledge, and creates a vision for the future of southern forestry research and management. Chapters are organized into seven sections: "Looking Back," "Productivity," "Forest Health," "Water and Soils," "Socioeconomic," "Biodiversity," and "Climate Change." Each section is preceded by a brief introductory chapter. Authors were encouraged to focus on the most important aspects of their topics; citations are included to guide readers to further information.

A history of southern forest science, management, and sustainability issues
Southern forests: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow
Southern forest resource conditions and management practices from 1900-1950: Benefits of research
Southern forest resource conditions and management practices from 1950-2000: Benefits of research
The southern forest resource assessment: What we learned
Silviculture and management strategies applicable to southern hardwoods
The evolution of pine plantation silviculture in the Southern United States
Reproduction cutting methods for naturally regenerated pine stands in the south
The role of genetics and tree improvement in southern forest productivity
Forest mensuration with remote sensing: A retrospective and a vision for the future
Healthy forests in the South: Challenges for the 21st century
Restoration of southern ecosystems
Advances in the control and management of the southern pine bark beetles
The impact and control of major southern forest diseases
Monitoring the sustainability of the Southern forest
Water and soils
Influences of management of Southern forests on water quantity and quality
Policy, uses, and values
Forest values and attitudes in the South: Past and future research
Nonindustrial forest landowner research: A synthesis and new directions
Recreation and nontimber forest products
Timber market research, private forests, and policy rhetoric
Biodiversity and Southern forests
Population viability as a measure of forest sustainability
Responses of Southeastern amphibians and reptiles to forest management: A review
Monitoring tree secies diversity over large spatial and temporal scales
Population growth and the decline of natural Southern yellow pine forests
Overview of global climate change and carbon sequestration
Implications of global climate change for Southern forests: Can we separate fact from fiction?
Carbon Sequestration in loblolly pine plantations: Methods, limitations, and research needs for estimating storage pools


Rauscher, H. Michael; Johnsen, Kurt, eds. 2004. Southern forest science: past, present, and future. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-75. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 394 p.


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