Twenty-five years ago, a study was
established in the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina to evaluate
soil and vegetative effects of primary skid trail rutting and churning as
ameliorated with four types of mechanical site preparation with two levels of
fertilization. Twenty-five years later, a project is underway to examine the
long-term effects of these practices on tree and stand growth and soil physical
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Earlier this year, as part of a broader restructuring at NCASI,
laboratory functions were consolidated to the NCASI Southern Regional
Center. As a result, less space was needed at the West Coast Regional
Center and staff have relocated to a new space ideally suited to their needs.
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Investigators are using soil chemicals derived
from roots, needles, wood, and soil microbes along with other techniques (stable
isotopes and soil density fractions) to elucidate factors contributing to soil
resilience following harvesting of Douglas-fir.
NCASI recently supported a study in North
Carolina to (1) evaluate effects of varying intensities of woody biomass
harvest on the winter bird community, and (2) document spatial associations
between winter bird species and available habitat structure, including downed
wood, in regenerating loblolly pine stands.
a few remodeling items, the consolidation of Analytical Services to the NCASI
Southern Regional Center is done. All effluent/wastewater analyses capabilities
are now operational and being fulfilled out of the new consolidated laboratory.
As part of this consolidation and transition, NCASI has also hired Dr. Colin
Conerly to manage the Analytical Services program.