FW: Old-Growth; Biochar Basics; Hotspots for Invasive Insects; Sustainable Forest Management; and more!

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Subject: Old-Growth; Biochar Basics; Hotspots for Invasive Insects; Sustainable Forest Management; and more!




June 2022



Station Spotlight


Using Experimental Forests to Understand Old Growth

A rapidly changing climate, catastrophic wildfires, and insects and diseases all threaten the vitality of old-growth forests. Pacific Northwest Research Station scientists and partners study how to conserve, restore and manage these vulnerable forests through long-term studies on the H.J. Andrews and Wind River Experimental Forests. This research examines various effects of management and natural disturbances, along with the fundamental structure and function of old growth Douglas-fir forests.










Biochar Basics

A new resource by Forest Service scientists, managers and other partners provides everything managers need to know about biochar use, production and benefits. Biochar is made from excess organic forest material, or biomass, like that created during forest management operations. It has unique properties that help soils retain nutrients and water. Making biochar out of excess woody biomass also stores carbon on the landscape and creates a beneficial resource out of material that might otherwise go to waste.

Urban Areas Will Be Hotspots

for Invasive Insects

Forest Service scientists were co-authors on a study that projected future tree mortality in urban areas throughout the U.S. They predict that over the next 30 years 1.4 million street trees will be killed by invasive insects. Tree replacement costs could exceed $900 million. A few urban centers will likely experience the greatest impacts, which will mostly be due to the aggressive emerald ash borer. This information will help managers and planners to know which trees in which communities will be at the greatest risk. Read the full story here.


A Global Leader in

Sustainable Forest Management

A recent review by a Forest Service scientist and partner found that the U.S. has remained a global leader in sustainable forest management practices for over a century. Key to achieving this status were stakeholder partnerships, state and local freedoms to implement federal laws, a variety of government incentive programs offering technical and financial assistance, and tax relief for landowners who responsibly manage their forests.

The Latest National Trends

in Forest Health

Annually, Forest Service scientists and partners compile broad-scale patterns of disturbances that threaten the health of forests across the country. The 2021 report details national and regional patterns in tree mortality, insect and disease activity and other disturbances, such as drought and fire. The report uses a variety of data sources, including aerial forest insect and disease surveys, remote sensing and forest inventories.


Climate Spotlight


Rising CO2 May Help Forests

More Than Grasslands

As atmospheric CO2 rises, this greater abundance of carbon may enhance plant growth rates. Forest Service scientists and partners used data from 14 long-term experiments to find that elevated CO2 enhanced forest growth more than grassland growth, particularly when precipitation was ample. This information will help future predictions of global plant productivity under climate change.



Natural Inquirer: Your Source for Science Education


The Bee Frequency

How does lawn mowing affect bees? In this middle-school friendly free publication, Forest Service scientists and their partners weigh in on this critical question. They show how scientific evidence supports the “lazy lawnmower” approach of mowing every two weeks or so. This promotes growth of flowers and consequently bee abundance.



News from the Stations


The International Institute of Tropical Forestry is working with a local partner to release the first National Woodland Owner Survey of Puerto Rico.


The Forest Products Lab has a new publication on how homeowners can better maintain their wood decks.


The Northern Research Station is featuring a scientist who studies how nature affects mental and physical health.


The Pacific Northwest Research Station has a new Science Findings on management decisions following severe wildfires.


The Pacific Southwest Research Station has a handy 2-page factsheet from their forest management handbook.


The Rocky Mountain Research Station has a new Science You Can Use on how research and management reversed declines of Idaho westslope cutthroat trout.


The Southern Research Station released its Spring 2022 edition of Research Plotsa publication summarizing the newest research and resources from the station.

























Upcoming Webinars



The Urban Forest Connections series brings together experts to discuss the latest science, practice and policy on urban forestry and the environment.


The Rocky Mountain Research Station hosts Science You Can Use, which features the station's latest research, including wildland fire, forest restoration, rangeland management and wildlife conservation. Webinars are held twice a month.


Reading the Tea Leaves is a monthly recorded series on current rangeland fuel conditions across the west with Rocky Mountain Research Station scientist Matt Reeves.


The Northern Research Station hosts Rooted in Research, which features the station's latest research with direct land management applications. Webinars will resume in the fall.


The Southern Research Station hosts Science in Practice, a series that summarizes recent research with a focus on practical takeaways for land managers and practitioners.

The Pacific Northwest Research Station hosts PNW SciCast, a series that highlights timely station research on topics of current interest to resource managers, ranging from wildfire science to climate change adaptation. Webinars are held on the last Thursday of the month.  


The Southern Research Station co-hosts a series called Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products.


The Forest Service co-hosts a monthly biochar series that covers biochar applications and environmental benefits. The next webinar, "Biochar Production in the Field: Opportunities and Challenges,” is scheduled for June 16, 2022, 11AM-12PM ET.


The SCIENCEx series explores the latest science and best practices for addressing large natural resource challenges. The series will resume this fall. Recorded webinars are also available here.



Message from the Forest Service R&D Acting Deputy Chief


Acting Deputy Chief Cynthia (Cindi) West

Stories this month describe how Forest Service researchers and partners strive for depth and breadth in their scientific pursuits. For example, they are utilizing Experimental Forests and Ranges as natural laboratories to explore the important services and functions that old-growth forests provide, creating resources that outline biochar use, uncovering what contributes to the U.S. being a global leader in sustainable forest management and summarizing the annual health status of our Nation's forests. This research highlights the critical role that science plays in informing land management planning and decision-making.















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