USDA Forest Service

North Central Research Station


North Central
Research Station

202 Natural Resources
Columbia, MO 65211

(573) 875-5341

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Silviculture Research

[Photograph]: Two Central Hardwood Scientists examing acorn production on a bottomland site

Why is this a priority?
The demand for wood products is increasing at twice the rate of population growth, and there is concern that demand will exceed supply in the 21st century. The public increasingly demands diverse of benefits from forests including commodities, aesthetics, clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation, spiritual values, and native biological diversity. To address these social trends, we need to assess traditional silvicultural methods and systems and develop some new, innovative approaches. Silvicultural systems are used to create specific forest conditions desired by society. This is accomplished by controlling diversity and structure of plant populations through planned disturbances based on an ecological understanding of forest succession and landscape processes.

Current Areas of Silviculture Research

Featured Publication

The status of timber resources in the North Central United States
Stephen Shifley and Neal Sullivan. Summarizes forest area, ownership, volume, growth, harvest, products, product consumption, trends, and sustainability for the North Central United States including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. More.

USDA Forest Service - North Central Research Station
Last Modified: October 26, 2004

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