Forest Management Research

Visualizing Future Landscapes

Extension education is one way by which we can inform landowners, managers and policy makers about the latest technology for visualizing the extent and impacts of potential land use changes. Read more.

Forest Planning in an Era of Climate Change

Dr. Pete Bettinger was recently invited to present a summary of issues for forest planners to consider, as they relate to potential changes in the world's climate, at the 2009 IUFRO International Conference on Multipurpose Forest Management in Niigata, Japan. Read more.

GPS Research in Forested Conditions

Whitehall Forest, four miles from the main UGA campus, contains a forested GPS test site which is the most extensive in the United States, and the only one to our knowledge in the South. Read more.

Hurricane Risk Assessment and Response Plan

Recently, faculty and staff of the School assisted the Fort Stewart military installation with the development of a timber salvage and recovery study. Read more.

Combinatorial Optimization of Forest Plans

Sustainable management and planning of forests may involve approaches that accommodate broad economic, ecological, and social goals, and thus acknowledge or utilize complex functional relationships between the growth and harvest of trees and other resource values. Read more.

Economics and Uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Recently, faculty and staff of the School published research on the typical uses of GIS by recently-employed natural resource management professionals, and on the economic analyses that might be used to determine when (or if) to change or upgrade this technology. Read more.

Urban Forest Carbon Sequestration Opportunities

Forests have a vast potential to capture and store atmospheric carbon. Rapidly expanding urban and suburban areas in the U.S. South offer an opportunity to implement carbon sequestration projects through urban forest programs. Read more.

Best Management Practices for Hazardous Fuels Management in Loblolly Pine Forests

This BMP guide is intended to serve as a general overview of hazardous fuels in loblolly pine forests as well as a reference guide on different fuel reduction treatments. The primary intended audience is land managers and private landowners who either have a fuel problem or may be finding it to be increasingly difficult to prescribe burn their lands with increasing development of rural areas. While the guide will discuss prescribed burning, it will also address possible fire alternatives in a context of the infrastructure or smoke limitations that made prescribed fire unfeasible. In other words, it is assumed that prescribed fire is the preferred option and secondary options are intended as either permanent substitutes or one-time operations to allow future burning. Read more.

Forest landscape planning in Coastal Oregon

Natural resource management policies have historically been evaluated and implemented without using simulations of potential forest landscape condition over time. Forest-based resource policies have traditionally been based on stand-level analyses of individual land ownershipsRead more.