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Illustrated book de-mystifies science, best practices for an important part of prescribed burns


Prescribed burns are an essential part of forest management, but the main byproduct—smoke—often gives people pause.

Now, a new guidebook focused specifically on smoke… Read Article


First introduced to the United States as an aquarium plant, hydrilla might now be considered the kudzu of the lakes across the Southeast. Its aggressive stems can grow up to an inch a day and extend 20 to 30 feet into dark waters where many native plants can't grow. 

But aside from… Read Article

You can learn a lot about animals by simply watching them. But some secrets can only be revealed in the dark. With an ultraviolet flashlight.

This happens to be the case for pocket gophers, a small, rodent species that lives underground in sandy soil. A new paper by University of Georgia… Read Article

A handful of years ago, Russell Wilson was getting ready for deer season. 

Walking through the woods near his home in Northwest Georgia, he stumbled upon a vine dripping in purple fruit. “I just started shaking the branches and I got a ton of muscadines,” said Wilson of the native… Read Article

Case studies show how policy, process—and politics—can influence public lands’ future


Every well-managed forest needs a plan.

If the forest is yours, crafting that plan and the goals it outlines might be simple. But when the forest is owned by everyone—for example, the more… Read Article

Replacing petroleum-based aviation fuel with sustainable aviation fuel derived from a type of mustard plant can reduce carbon emissions by up to 68%, according to new research from Warnell associate professor Puneet Dwivedi.

Dwivedi led a team that estimated the break-even price… Read Article

A rare study shows how one of Georgia’s barrier islands provides a safe haven for gopher tortoises and gives researchers at the University of Georgia evidence to prove species relocation is an effective conservation tool.

Georgia’s state reptile is one of the most threatened… Read Article

High in the mountains of Colombia, a species of bear known for its black coat and cream-colored “spectacles” around its eyes builds nests in trees and forages for food.

Known as Andean bears, these animals prefer to be alone. But, as agriculture and ranching expand and encroach on their… Read Article

 Across the South, demographics are shifting—and not just in urban and suburban areas. Rural parts of the state, where forestry has long dominated and served as a leading source of jobs, is now feeling these changes.

To better understand how an aging population might influence the… Read Article

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