The Northern Research Station has realigned our staff from 37 Research Work Units and Programs into 14 new Research Work Units.
RWU-4353 is now part of NRS-1, Ecological and Economic Sustainability of the Appalachian Forest in an Era of Globalization.
To understand natural and human-induced influences on the sustainability of central Appalachian forest ecosystems, and to provide guidelines for managing these forests to maintain or improve the productivity and diversity of the soil, water and forest resources.
Our researchers are working to develop
- Ecologically sound silvicultural alternatives for intensive management of Appalachian forests to provide diverse forest products (e.g., hardwood lumber, tourism opportunities, wildlife habitat) and maintainining or restoring the integrity of ecosystem processes (e.g., biological productivity, maintenance of biological diversity).
- Basic quantitative information about important ecosystem processes and components and the impacts of both chronic stresses and acute disturbances on these.
- Tools to better assess and/or mitigate soil and water changes attributable to forest management and associated activities.
- Manage the Fernow Experimental Forest for long-term silvicultural, hydrologic, and ecological research.
This site is under development as the Forest Service brings together the Northeastern and North Central Research Stations to form the Northern Research Station, serving the Northeast and Midwest. Check back often as we expand our site to reflect our combined commitment to supporting the natural resources and people of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States.
For more details about our research visit http://www.fs.fed.us/ne/parsons/ne4353.htm
Last Modified: 12/21/2007