The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center is participating in a nation-wide study called Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) at the Ichauway campus in southwest Georgia. The goals of this project are to test different silvicultural approaches to climate change adaptation that will also serve as useful examples across the country. The Jones Center seeks to understand, to demonstrate and to promote excellence in natural resource management and conservation on the landscape of the southeastern Coastal Plain of the United States. Central to both the Jones Center philosophy and the ASCC project is the conviction that management and research inform each other and are partners in their contribution to knowledge.
The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway is a 29,000-acre property in rural southwestern Georgia that hosts a diverse range of ecological communities. These include longleaf pine forests (both natural and plantation), mixed pine stands, riparian hardwood forests, isolated depressional wetlands, agricultural fields, shrub-scrub uplands, and human cultural zones. Ichauway was established as a quail hunting reserve in the 1920s by Robert W. Woodruff, and is located on the Dougherty Plain, a karst topography dominated by sandy soils. The Ichawaynochaway Creek flows through Ichauway, and the Flint River forms 13 miles of the property’s eastern boundary.
Site Administrators and Partners:
Seth Bigelow (Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center) and Steve Jack (Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center) are the site leads for the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center ASCC site. Key collaborators include Steven Brantley, Mike Connor, Jennifer Howze, Gail Morris, Mary Frances Nieminen, Lora Smith, Stribling Stuber, Scott Taylor, and Andy Whelan (Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center staff). Key partners include Lisa Samuelson (Auburn University) and Jason Vogel (University of Florida).