Online Learning – Forest Health

Pests and Invasives

Woodland Stewards Webinar Series – Identifying and Managing Woodland Threats (On-Demand Webinar)
Threats to your woodland can come in many sizes and shapes; disease, insects, invasive plants, and any combination of these three categories. In this session, our team of experts will introduce you to a few basic pest principles, present a model example of each threat, and offer some simple practices to help ensure your woodland remains healthy and productive.

Beneficial and Pest Insects in Our Forests: Management Recommendations (On-Demand Webinar)
Many different types of insects inhabit our forests, both beneficial and pest insects. Native insects like bark beetles, pine tip moth, and Deodar weevil can cause problems in pine stands.  The distinction of when a native insect becomes a pest insect be highlighted.  Management options including habitat management, thinning, burning, and pesticide use will be discussed.

Invasive Species in Southern Forests: Problems and Solutions (On-Demand Webinar)
An invasive species is a non-native species (including seeds, eggs, spores, or other propagules) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic harm, environmental harm, or harm to human health. The term “invasive” is used for the most aggressive species.

Southern Pine Beetle Biology, Ecology and Management
This webinar focuses on the basic biology, ecology, and management of the southern pine beetle (SPB). It will look at the southeastern U.S. and the recent encroachment of SPB into the northeastern states.

Invasive Plant Best Management Practices
Whether you’re a gardener, a landowner, a forester to a logger; the movement of invasive species is always a concern. A BMP can be as simple as cleaning your shoes or as complex as pressure washing your bulldozer. Regardless of your practice, the goal is always to minimize the spread of invasive species. Learn how to create best management practices (BMPs) that help identify and minimize the spread of invasive species.

Drought and Invasive Species
Drought creates the potential for invasive plant species to increase in diversity and abundance in a variety of ecosystems, often mediated by the occurrence of disturbances (wildfire, insect outbreaks).

Privet Biology and Management in Southeastern U.S. Forests
Chinese and Japanese privet (Ligustrum spp.) are now prevalent across much of the southeastern U.S.  Once a prized landscape shrub, privet has become extremely common in many wooded areas, impacting wildlife, native vegetation, and biodiversity.


Weather and Climate

Weather Variability and Its Impact on Forest Health
This webinar discusses the impact weather and climate have on forest health and productivity. It also addresses short- and long-term impacts of droughts, floods, winds, and ice on insect and fungal populations and damage in southern forests.

Southern Foresters’ Climate Observations
Climate change beliefs and concerns are well documented for the American public, but fewer studies focus on the perceptions and adaptation needs of key groups involved in management of natural resources. We surveyed professional foresters in the southern United States to identify how frequently they observe sixteen climate-related variables that affect pine plantations and forests to evaluate how climate change responses vary across the South.