Science in Practice Webinar Series

These 30-minute sessions summarize recent research with a focus on practical take-aways for land managers and practitioners.

Look for upcoming webinars on our Events page →


Experimental forests: A network of opportunities

August 27, 2020  |  Topics: experimental forests

Presented by Johnny Boggs and Stephanie Laseter, SRS Experimental Forest Network Co-Leads

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Forest Inventory and Analysis and Experimental Forests and Ranges are cornerstones of Forest Service R&D.
  • Network-wide data collection and sharing are critical for answering broad-scale questions and identifying trends and patterns that generate new questions.
  • The SRS Experimental Forest Network offers many opportunities for research and collaboration, and can be a template for doing both new science and current science more effectively.

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New fuel measurements for operational RxFire models

October 6, 2020  |  Topics: fire

Presented by Louise Loudermilk, SRS Research Ecologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • New operational 3D models such as QUIC-Fire, may change how land managers plan for and manage prescribed fire, but they require unique input data about fuels.
  • Representing fuels in 3D adds detail on fuel structure and distribution. This info allows researchers to explore how fuels are distributed within and across plots, stands, and different ecosystems.
  • Researchers are combining different ways of measuring and representing fuels in 3D for these models and for streamlining monitoring protocols.

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A new chapter in the Southern Forest Assessment Library: Southern Forest Outlook

September 23, 2020  

Presented by John Coulston, SRS Supervisory Research Forester; Daniel McInnis, Southern Region Shared Stewardship Coordinator

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • How we have used these synthesis documents in the past, and how we plan to use the Southern Forest Outlook (SFO).
  • The mission of the SFO, which is to inform forest sector decision makers and the interested public about observed trends, anticipated futures, and critical issues based on authoritative synthesis and interpretation of existing science, data and projections.

Learn more about the Southern Forest Outlook here.

This webinar recording is unavailable, but you can download the slides below.

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From the forest to the faucet: Linking forests to water supplies across the South

September 18, 2020  |  Topics: water

Presented by Peter Caldwell, SRS Research Hydrologist; Ning Liu, UMN Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • New data and tools are available that connect forests to specific municipal water supplies across the South.
  • Approximately 56 million people (~ 50% of the total population) receive some portion of their water from forest lands.
  • Managing and maintaining forests in water supply watersheds will be critical for protecting water resources in the future.

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Silviculture for oak seedlings: The variable retention shelterwood in upland hardwood forests

August 27, 2020  |  Topics: oaks, silviculture

Presented by Callie Schweitzer, SRS Research Forester

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Oak requires disturbance to recruit into larger size classes. This study used shelterwood harvest and midstory herbicide treatments to alter light conditions to favor oak over other competing hardwood species.
  • Treatments resulted in some recruitment of oak into larger size classes over time, but competing hardwoods also responded favorably.
  • A future challenge is finding the right levels of disturbance to promote oak regeneration. Competing species and site conditions are key considerations.

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American chestnut revival: Restoration efforts in the Southern NFS

August 14, 2020  |  Topics: chestnut restoration

Presented by Stacy Clark, SRS Research Forester

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Restoration on public lands will require a targeted approach.
  • Animal browsing and root rot disease will impede future restoration efforts.
  • Ten years of field trials show that hybrid American chestnuts are extremely competitive.

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How human-made corridors impact forest regeneration

August 6, 2020  |  Topics: forest restoration

Presented by Rima Lucardi, SRS Research Ecologist; Gary Ervin & Adrian Lazaro-Lobo, Mississippi State University

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Invasive plant species negatively impact the regeneration of tree seedlings and saplings in southern forests.
  • In the South, invasive plants have the most severe impact on regeneration of pine (Pinus) tree species.
  • The project used FIA data to track the presence or absence of 16 target nonnative species that are widely distributed and spreading rapidly across the region.

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Fantastic flying mammals: A synthesis of forest management effects on bats

July 29, 2020  |  Topics: bats, silviculture

Presented by Susan C. Loeb, SRS Research Ecologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Loeb synthesized the results of 88 studies on silvicultural treatments and the responses of temperate, insectivorous bats. The studies spanned three continents and included treatments such as shelterwood harvests, fire, gap formation, and plantation forestry.
  • The review found that roosting behavior is more sensitive to silvicultural treatments than foraging or commuting behavior.
  • The synthesis also revealed gaps in bat research. More research is needed on the physiological and demographic responses of bats to silvicultural treatments, along with responses during different seasons and across broader scales.

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Advances in efficient high resolution forest mapping

July 20, 2020  |  Topics: forest disturbance, forest mapping

Presented by Steve Norman, SRS Research Ecologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • New high-resolution remote sensing and analytical tools are revolutionizing how we monitor disturbance.
  • The HiForm workflow rapidly generates vegetation change maps that show the footprint and severity of disturbances.
  • Having this technology is only half the battle, as assessment requires local knowledge, ancillary data, and skill.

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Battling beetle breakouts: Pine beetle mitigation strategies in the southeast

July 15, 2020  |  Topics: invasive species

Presented by Steve McNulty, SRS Research Ecologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • The Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Outbreak Model uses stand conditions, climate, and insect factors to predict areas at high risk of future outbreaks.
  • Previous year SPB spots are the best predictor for current year spots. Pine stand density is the next most important factor in determining SPB outbreak location.
  • As the climate changes, SPB outbreaks within the current range are becoming more likely, and SPB range will likely expand northward.
  • High-risk areas can be monitored with traps. If SPB is found, mitigation—seek, find, destroy—should begin quickly.

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