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USDA Forest Service

P.O. Box 3516 UAM
Monticello, AR 71656


(870) 367-3464 (voice)


(870) 367-1164 (fax)


Hot Springs Office

We have recently moved into new offices in Hot Springs.

We are now located at 607 Reserve Street

(the old Medical Director's house).

Click here for a brief history of our "new" office space...


To Contact:

Dr. James Guldin  (501) 623-1180 ext. 103

Dr. Daniel Marion  (501) 623-1180 ext. 104

Dr. Martin Spetich  (501) 623-1180 ext. 105


Fax: (501) 623-0186


RWU-4251 Staff Based in Hot Springs Office:

     Roger Perry (501) 623-1180 ext. 108

Duty Station Addresses:

Regular mail:

USDA Forest Service

Southern Research Station

P.O. Box 1270

Hot Springs, AR 71902


USDA Forest Service

Southern Research Station

100 Reserve Street

Hot Springs, AR 71901

Walk-up (street) address:

USDA Forest Service

Southern Research Station

607 Reserve Street

Hot Springs, AR 71901

(Please send all mail and deliveries to the 100 Reserve Street location)


Forest Ecosystem Management Research in the Ouachita Mountains, Boston Mountains and Ozark Highlands

The Hot Springs office of RWU-4106 is located in association with the Supervisor's Office of the Ouachita National Forest near downtown Hot Springs.  Scientist and staff at this duty station work closely with staff of both the Ouachita and the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.  Active studies administered from this office include research with pure stands of shortleaf pine and pine-hardwood stands in the Ouachita Mountains, studies of oak-hickory stands in the Boston Mountains section of the Ozark Plateau, and Interior Highland hydrological research.

Together, the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains form an area known as the Interior Highlands, the only major mountainous region between the Appalachians and the Rockies.  thus, the Hot Springs office also serves as the headquarters for the Southern Research Station's crosscutting theme, Sustainability and Productivity of the Interior Highlands Ecosystem.  The focus of this research is to better understand the structure, function and complexity of these forests in relation to their reproduction, growth and sustainability.  In this regard we provide a web of scientific support for ecosystem management in the Arkansas Highlands.

The Hot Springs office was established in 1991 to support the Ouachita National Forest as it undertook changes in its management from primarily clearcutting and planting to alternative forms of reproduction cutting that leave a residual post-harvest stand and that rely on natural regeneration of shortleaf pine and hardwoods.  That work shortly evolved into a major cooperative program with Region 8, the Ouachita National Forest, and the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest that is now called the Ouachita Mountains Ecosystem Management Research Project.  This multiscale study has three phases:

I.  Demonstration scale imposed in 1991

II.  Scientifically-based replicated stand-level research begun in 1992

III.  Landscape-scale research begun in 1994

Five-year post-harvest results for the stand-level study, and five-year baseline preharvest results in the landscape scale study, were presented during the Symposium on Ecosystem Management Research in the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains, held in October 1999 in Hot Springs.  Papers are currently being assembled into a proceeding, which will be published as a Southern Research Station General Technical Report in 2001.

Upland hardwood research of the Boston Mountains and Ozark Highlands ecological sections of northern Arkansas examines forest dynamics and sustainability in relation to natural historic disturbance, growth, reproduction and species diversity.  The ultimate goal of this research is to provide information on the ecology and management of these multi-species forests.  Research is being done at multiple scales from examination of the response of individual trees, increasing in scale to forest stand level response, national forest scale characteristics, state and regional scales.

Other research:  Our office also houses a complement of wildlife researchers from the Nacogdoches, Texas research work unit (RWU-4251).  Furthermore we have a forestry technician in support of soils research coordinated by RWU-4155 in Stoneville, Mississippi.  Both the wildlife and soils RWUs are collaborators in the Phase I, II and III research in the Ouachita National Forest.  Additionally there are university, federal and state collaborators involved in these studies that provide expertise in a wide range of specialties including agronomy, hydrology, spatial analysis and nutrient cycling.





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Last Modified: Thursday, 08-Mar-2007 09:26:27 EST

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