Ecological and Economic Sustainability of the Appalachian Forest in an Era of Globalization

Research Focus

The forests of the United States are influenced by many factors, including changes in land use patterns and ownerships, climates, markets, and the globalization of economies. Scientific information is needed to sustainably manage these ecosystems, particularly the diverse and economically valuable forests of the Appalachian region.

Research Areas

Using a weir to measure streamflow changes attributable to harvesting in a forested watershed.Ecosystem Structure and Processes

Discover and disseminate knowledge of forest management, silviculture, forest product economies and markets, and efficient resource utilization. Deliver tools and recommendations to enable partners and customers to better sustain forests for a variety of outcomes, products, and uses.

Forest disturbances can result from human actions, such as harvesting, as well as from natural disturbances, such as wind or ice damage, insect defoliation, or diseases.  Ecosystem Responses to Disturbance

There is a strong need to predict the effects of an ever-growing suite of disturbances on ecosystem processes and properties.

Cut and dried lumber is stacked and awaiting transportation to a manufacturing facility. sForest Products

The heavily forested Appalachian region provides important recreational uses, ecosystem services, emerging energy sources (fossil, wood, and biofuels) and traditional forest products.

Shipping containers at a port are filled with lumber ready for shipment to foreign markets where they will be processed into a variety of value-added products.Markets & Globalization

The effects of globalization on the hardwood product manufacturing industry are wide-ranging and dynamic. Nearly 60 percent of wood furniture sold in the United States is now imported from overseas.

Last Modified: June 4, 2018