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Explore the largest forest research organization in the world alongside scientists studying, questioning, and solving some of today's most compelling forest issues. Through stories, interviews, and special series, learn what’s happening in your forests, and where those forest ecosystems might be headed. Season 4: Afire A 360-degree introduction to fire from a scientific standpoint. The story of how fire research shapes our landscapes and our lives. Season 3: Women of Research Highlighting women’s perspectives in research over the past 50 years, scientists share stories of mentors and mentorship, motherhood, rural and urban stewardship, passions for science, leadership, and beyond. Season 2: Backcross Chemicals and biological control can buy trees time, but they cannot completely control the non-native insects that are attacking trees that have never experienced these insects before. We need something on top of those controls, a long-term resistance. Season 1: Balance & Barrier More than 450 non-native insects have invaded our forests and urban trees since European settlement. Come explore four of these insects, and the scientists studying and combating these pests. A Window of Resurgence for Red Spruce: In the 1970s, red spruce was the forest equivalent of a canary in the coal mine, signaling that acid rain was damaging forests and that some species—especially red spruce—ere particularly sensitive to this human induced damage. In the course of studying the lingering effects of acid rain, scientists came up with a surprising result—decades later, the canary is feeling much better. The Two-Sided Story of Periodical Cicadas: Two scientists—one who’s tracked the aboveground movements of cicadas, and another who’s unearthed the belowground impact of these insects—take you inside the many mysteries and forgotten elements of these evolutionary enigmas. Flying the Nuthatch Home: Once spanning nearly 6 million acres in Missouri's Ozarks, the shortleaf pine and oak woodland ecosystem has dwindled to 100,000 acres today. Along with the loss of this habitat, a bird—the brown-headed nuthatch—disappeared as well. However, after decades of woodland restoration, the brown-headed nuthatch has returned to Missouri—by plane. Discover more at What started as a podcast produced by the Northern Research Station focusing on the Northeast and Midwest has now expanded to cover a wide range of forest topics from across USDA Forest Service Research and Development. Forestcast is an official USDA Forest Service podcast.

Episode Date
Afire: Fire Ignition, Mitigation & Recovery in the WUI
May 15, 2024
Afire: Fire Effects Above and Belowground
May 08, 2024
Afire: Fire Weather, Wind & Smoke
May 01, 2024
Afire: Understanding Different Fire
Apr 24, 2024
Afire: Understanding Fire Differently
Apr 17, 2024
Afire: Understanding Fire
Apr 10, 2024
Flying the Nuthatch Home
Jun 27, 2023
Women of Research: Our Sustainable Future with Cindi West
Apr 13, 2023
Women of Research: Scientific & Ethical Integrity with Maggie Hardy
Apr 10, 2023
Women of Research: Changing the World Through Soil with Deb Page-Dumroese
Apr 06, 2023
Women of Research: A Life of Healthy Forests with Jenny Juzwik
Apr 03, 2023
Women of Research: The Nature of Stewardship with Lindsay Campbell
Mar 30, 2023
Women of Research: Plots to Blocks with Sjana Schanning
Mar 27, 2023
Women of Research: Juggling Motherhood & Ornithology with Susannah Lerman
Mar 23, 2023
Women of Research: Watershed Moments & Moms with Chelcy Miniat
Mar 20, 2023
Women of Research: An Ode to Mentors by Sara Brown
Mar 16, 2023
Women of Research: Twenty-Five Years of Mentorship with Laura Kenefic & Susan Stout
Mar 13, 2023
Backcross: How A Bird Influences Beech Resistance Patterns (BONUS)
Feb 07, 2023
Backcross: Will Ash be the Blueprint for Tree Restoration?
Mar 29, 2022
Backcross: A Return to Elm Street
Mar 22, 2022
Backcross: The Past, Present and Future of American Chestnut
Mar 15, 2022
Backcross: How Do You Breed Better Trees?
Mar 08, 2022
Backcross: Tree Species Restoration & Resistance Breeding
Mar 01, 2022
Searching for Cicadas in the Chattahoochee
Jul 15, 2021
The Two-Sided Story of Periodical Cicadas
May 05, 2021
A Window of Resurgence for Red Spruce
May 14, 2020
Balance & Barrier: The Future of Forest Threats
Apr 02, 2020
Balance & Barrier: The Hornless Asian Longhorned Beetle
Mar 26, 2020
Balance & Barrier: When A Single Clone Caused An Invasion
Mar 19, 2020
Balance & Barrier: Slowing the Spongy Moth's Spread
Mar 12, 2020
Balance & Barrier: Wasps vs. Emerald Ash Borer Beetle
Mar 05, 2020
Balance & Barrier: A Slow Explosion of Damaging Forest Insects
Feb 24, 2020
Welcome to “Forestcast”
Feb 24, 2020