Don Bragg, the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station’s research forester, has been named project leader for two Southern Research Station research work units.
He will assume leadership responsibilities for the research work units he is currently assigned to, the Southern Pine Ecology Research Work Unit. He will also be the project leader for the Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems Research Work Unit.
The Southern Pine Research Work Unit is headquartered on the University of Arkansas campus at Monticello with research teams in Crossett and Hot Springs, Arkansas; Nacogdoches, Texas; Pineville, Louisiana; and Normal and Auburn, Alabama. The Longleaf Research Work Unit has research teams in Pineville, Louisiana, Auburn, Alabama, and Clemson, South Carolina.
“I am excited to have this opportunity and look forward to working with our partners and the public to continue the Southern Research Station’s legacy of long-term research on silviculture and ecology across the region,” Bragg said.
Bragg has a doctorate in forest ecology from Utah State University.
Originally from northern Wisconsin, Bragg started his 17-year career with the Forest Service Southern Research Station in Monticello. During this period, Bragg has worked on a range of topics including the management of naturally regenerated southern pine forests; the structure, function, and dynamics of mature pine-hardwood stands; the description of historical forest conditions; height measurement and modeling; and studies of the silvicultural responses of southern pine forests to ice storms.
In addition to his research duties, Bragg was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Forestry for the last 4 and a half years. This Journal is one of the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world and recipient of several national awards for excellence.
Bragg is currently attending the U.S. Forest Service’s Senior Leadership Program, and will graduate from the program this November. During his research career, he has authored or co-authored over 110 scientific and technical publications and given over 170 presentations.
Headquartered in Asheville, N.C., the U.S. Forest Service (FS) Southern Research Station’s (SRS) mission is to engage in high-quality research leading to the scientific and technological advances needed to sustain and enhance forest ecosystems and the full range of benefits they provide. Forests provide a full suite of goods and services vital to human health and the economy, including clean air, fresh drinking water, scenic landscapes, forest products, and recreational opportunities. Our research helps provide the science needed to addresses issues that keep our forests healthy.