Looking back now, it's easy to see where farmers in the 1800s went wrong. Attempting to grow profits from a lush environment, landowners cleared entire forests in the South to make room for agricultural farmland. But using primitive agricultural techniques scarred the landscape, and when the profits dried up, they abandoned the barren land. Now University of Georgia researchers want to understand the ongoing repercussions of a bygone era. Five UGA researchers are joining with the U.S. Forest Service on the project to calculate how past land use has influenced the present environment-and how it will impact the future.