The Central Hardwood Region is one of the largest forested areas in the country, covering more than 220 million acres, located largely in the Midwest, southern Great Lakes, and western mid-Atlantic region. It comprises a variety of forest ecosystems, most notably upland oak-hickory and oak-pine forests, oak and pine savannas, old-growth hardwood and pine forests, and bottomland hardwood forests along the Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi Rivers. These ecosystems are habitats for many neotropical migrant birds (songbirds) and the threatened Indiana bat.
Our Research Areas
- Silviculture - Innovative silvicultural methods to produce composition and structure needed for conserving biodiversity and providing habitat, products, and other ecological services to benefit society.
- Wildlife - Land managers, planners, and owners need information on how local and landscape factors affect the demographics and viability of selected wildlife species.
- Landscape - Land managers, planners, and owners need new knowledge and new modeling tools to assess the effects of alternative land management practices and natural disturbances on a range of human and ecological benefits.
Where We Are
The Central Hardwoods Research Work Unit is located on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia and at the Sinkin Experimental Forest on the Mark Twain National Forest. It brings together a multidisciplinary team of natural resource professionals to examine the problems of its region at all levels, from the individual organism and species to the landscape level. These problems fall into three general categories---silviculture, wildlife, and landscape.
- Shifley, Stephen R.; Moser, W. Keith; Nowak, David J.; Miles, Patrick D.; Butler, Brett J.; Aguilar, Francisco X.; DeSantis, Ryan D.; Greenfield, Eric J. 2014. Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter forest conditions and management needs in the Northern United States. Forest Science. Vol. 60: (issue and page numbers pending).
- Wang, Wen J.; He, Hong S.; Fraser, Jacob S.; Thompson, Frank R.; Shifley, Stephen R.; Spetich, Martin A. 2014. LANDIS PRO: a landscape model that predicts forest composition and structure changes at regional scales. Ecography. 37: 001-005.
- Cox, W. Andrew; Thompson, Frank R. III; Cox, Allison S.; Faaborg, John. 2014. Post-fledging survival in passerine birds and the value of post-fledging studies to conservation. The Journal of Wildlife Management. 78(2): 183-193.
- Reidy, Jennifer L.; Thompson, Frank R.; Kendrick, Sarah W. 2014. Breeding bird response to habitat and landscape factors across a gradient of savanna, woodland, and forest in the Missouri Ozarks. Forest Ecology and Management. 313: 34-46.
- Brandt, Leslie; He, Hong; Iverson, Louis; Thompson, Frank R.; Butler, Patricia; Handler, Stephen; Janowiak, Maria; Shannon, P. Danielle; Swanston, Chris; Albrecht, Matthew; Blume-Weaver, Richard; Deizman, Paul; DePuy, John; Dijak, William D.; Dinkel, Gary; Fei, Songlin; Jones-Farrand, D. Todd; Leahy, Michael; Matthews, Stephen; Nelson, Paul; Oberle, Brad; Perez, Judi; Peters, Matthew; Prasad, Anantha; Schneiderman, Jeffrey E.; Shuey, John; Smith, Adam B.; Studyvin, Charles; Tirpak, John M.; Walk, Jeffery W.; Wang, Wen J.; Watts, Laura; Weigel, Dale; Westin, Steve. 2014. Central Hardwoods ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework project. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-124. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 254 p.
Last Modified: 03/06/2012