Experimental Forest Network Strategy and Visioning

The Southern Research Station (SRS) is home to 19 Experimental Forests (EFRs).  These are facilities of long-term research and focal points for collaboration.
Experimental Forest Network Photo Collage

Assessments such as the Southern Forest Futures Project have illustrated risks, vulnerabilities and focal points of future scientific research in the South.  A functional EFR network is critical for addressing natural resource challenges in the 21st century.  A network will link sites strategically across geographic domains and environmental gradients, sampling a full complement of locations that are representative of the diversity of environments in question and would have the ability to answer larger scale questions and leverage the long-term investment in EFRs.

The Southern Research Station hosted a forum at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest conference center on March 15-16 in Asheville, NC.  The meeting objective was to identify critical 21st century research questions that can be addressed collaboratively across EFRs in the South.  The group discussed ideas for re-designing the existing EFRs as a network in order to answer these questions. Two project ideas were discussed: 1) Potential impacts of high precipitation events on forest roads- led by Devendra Amatya; and 2) Range-wide genetic and adaptive diversity study- led by Dana Nelson and Kurt Johnsen.

How can you participate?

Contact:  Stephanie Laseter
SRS Experimental Forest Network Lead
Ph:  828-524-6441 *430     Cell: 828-200-6352
slaseter@fs.fed.us

 
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