Category Archives: Research

Selective Logging causes long-term changes to forest structure

Original Story by Rhett A. Butler, (February 18, 2015)

Logging in Gabon.

Recent research has showed the ecological changes of selective logging in African tropical forests.  The paper goes over the idea that the practice of selective logging contributes to the growth of weeds and vines reducing plant diversity and diminishing carbon storage. 

Rainforest in Gabon.

Data was collected on more than 500 plots in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cameroon, and Gabon that compared several traits across selectively-logged, and secondary forests.  The findings showed that even low-intensity logging causes sustained ecological changes to African forests.  Check out the article below for more info and let us know what you think.

CITATION: Roberto Cazzolla Gatti, Simona Castaldi, Jeremy A. Lindsell, David A. Coomes, Marco Marchetti, Mauro Maesano, Arianna Di Paola, Francesco Paparella, Riccardo Valentini. The impact of selective logging and clearcutting on forest structure, tree diversity and above-ground biomass of African tropical forests. Ecological Research January 2015, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 119-132 


Forestry Products Lab Tour and Grill Out

Madison and Stevens Point at FPL

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Forestry Club and the University of Wisconsin- Steven’s Point Forestry Club took a tour of the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI.  Both clubs were shown the extensive Forest Products Lab Library (FPL Library) that houses more than 100,000 specimens and samples of tree species and usage.  The tour also included these areas of focus within the research facility:

  • Durability and Wood Protection Research
  • Forest Biopolymer Science and Engineering
  • Fiber and Chemical Analysis Research
  • Engineering Properties of Wood – Wood Based Materials and Structures
  • Paper Test Laboratory
  • And so much more!

After the tour, both clubs took a trip out to Vilas Park to enjoy some good spring weather and some grilled food.  (Will have photos of the grill out up soon…)

We hope to have more opportunities like this in the future where both Forestry Clubs can come together and learn something new in this profession.

Check out Steven’s Point Forestry Club!!! They are pretty cool…

If you are also interested in the Forest Products Laboratory and would like to learn more please visit their website and sign up for a tour. You can also contact with the following information:

Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592 Email

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