Courses and Webinars

Engaging African American Landowners in Sustainable Forest Management

Research forester John Schelhas discusses integrated research and outreach effort included in three pilot projects started in different areas of the South by the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program, whose purpose is to help stabilize African-American land ownership across the Black Belt region of the South by preventing and solving problems of insecure land ownership caused by heirs’ property.

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Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis

The presenters will discuss key messages from the recently published drought assessment. Topics to be covered include a state-of-the-science review of direct and indirect impacts of drought on forests and rangelands, as well as a discussion of management options for increasing resilience to future drought.

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Rapid Appraisal Research on Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention

African American rural land ownership has declined significantly over the past 100 years, threatening critical family and community assets. The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service, seeks to address this problem through the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program. A team of social scientists recently completed baseline qualitative research in association with this program, entailing over 60 in-person interviews with African American forest owners at the pilot sites in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama. Results from this study provide insights into the history, current circumstances, and goals of African American land ownership and forest management. These insights will enhance understanding and inform outreach efforts, which we hope will accelerate an emerging trend for African American landowners to return to forestry as a sound, land-based business strategy.

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Tracking forest and landscape change from space using the ForWarn system

U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) Research Ecologists Steve Norman and William Hargrove with the SRS Eastern Forests Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) will present a webinar on ForWarn, an online satellite-based change detection tool that maps disturbances and drought effects every 8 days.

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Smoke Management, Air Quality, and Weather

The U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) and the Southern Fire Exchange, Joint Fire Science Program and Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability collaborated in 2014 to host a series of webinars about managing the smoke from prescribed fires.

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Upland Hardwood Silviculture

The goal of this course is to provide practicing foresters with information about current silvicultural practices and emerging issues based on scientific research that affects managing upland hardwoods. The course is designed for professional foresters working in upland hardwood systems. Wildlife professionals and natural resources managers from State and Federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, educators, and the general public also may take the course, with the understanding that they should be familiar with forestry terminology.

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Ramps Forest Farming Video Series

Research Forest Products Technologist, Dr. Jim Chamberlain, reviews the steps taken to manage and cultivate ramps, or wild onions. In this video series, the proper soil, shade and forest type are all considered prior to constructing a raised bed for planting ramps under the forest canopy.

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