Welcome to Southern Perspective Online. Important work is carried out everyday throughout the South. Explore how the Southern Group of State Foresters is conserving working forest landscapes, protecting forests from harm and enhancing public benefits from trees and forests.
After a two-year process, all of the Southern states have completed individual resource assessments and strategies and are taking the next steps in a national effort to protecting and conserving the nation’s forest resource.
Experts predict an active winter wildland fire season. What does this mean for the South?
Want to know how many acres of the nation’s forestland are at serious risk from insects and disease? Want to know where those acres are located? Forest health experts are working with the latest technology and data to find out. It’s called the National Insect and Disease Map and is projected to be available in 2012. Using technology to represent biology allows experts to tightly focus prevention, awareness, treatment and suppression efforts to areas where the forest health is most threatened.
It is part of the Southern Group of State Foresters mission to provide a southern perspective on public policies that influence the management of private, non-industrial forestlands in the South. SGSF helps guide federal policy and the collective direction in the region. Policy priorities focus on measures that promote the perpetuation, protection and sustainable management of southern forests through services to landowners, communities and allied organizations.
The purpose of a new approach to State and Private Forestry is to shape and influence forest land use on a scale and in a way, that optimizes public benefits from trees and forests for both current and future generations.
Using science and research to keep abreast of the state of the southern forests today, the Southern Research Station monitors the resource for impacts, challenges and opportunities. SRS strives to develop and deliver information and tools to help sustainably manage the forests and the ecosystems. The station also looks for ways that people and the ecosystem can survive and thrive together in a dynamic and complex environment.
Check out the business of conserving working forest landscapes, protecting forests from harm and enhancing public benefits from trees and forests.