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Madison, WI 53726
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Central Hardwood Forests


The Northern Research Station has realigned our staff from 37 Research Work Units and Programs into 14 new Research Work Units.

RWU-4154 is now part of NRS-11, Sustainable Management of Central Hardwood Ecosystems and Landscapes.

Central Hardwood Forests

A landscape view of a central hardwoods forestThe Central Hardwood Region covers over 100 million acres and is one of the largest forest areas in the country. The region supports a diversity 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.

Research Problem Areas

Central Hardwood Research focuses on three research problems:

  • Silviculture - Socially acceptable silvicultural methods are needed to produce forest conditions that will provide forest products and other benefits desired by 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.

We also have several long-term studies located on the Sinkin Experimental Forest.

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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.

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Last Modified: 12/21/2007

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Fighting Oak Decline

More than 100,000 acres of oak-dominated forest in Missouri are suffering from oak decline, a progressive dieback triggered by a combination of old age, drought, and stress from insect and disease.