The South has a multi-year, multi-state strategy in place to address wildland-urban interface (WUI) issues. Goals of the strategy include planning, developing and implementing effective wildland-urban interface fire programs. Southern Interagency Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Strategy
A goal of the strategy is to provide an action-oriented southern interagency framework to prevent human-caused wildfires.
The SGSF will provide leadership and support to state agency programs that work to manage, conserve, restore and enhance forests to provide a sustainable supply of clean water for economic, social and ecological benefits.
This publication explains the objectives of the Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment, presents the key findings, and demonstrates through case studies some of its practical applications.
The Southern Perspective, a quarterly e-newsletter of SGSF, shares stories about southern forestry and its complex issues.
A Framework for State Forestry Agencies
The future sustainability of southern forests and the ability to manage for forest benefits, goods, and services are challenged. The Southern Wildland-Urban Interface Assessment examines critical wildland-urban interface issues with topics including population and demographic trends, economic and tax issues, land use planning and policy issues, urban influences on forest ecosystems, challenges for forest resource management and conservation, social issues, and themes and research needs for the wildland-urban interface.
The Southern Forest Futures Project builds on the Southern Forest Resource Assessment (SFRA; Wear and Greis 2002a, 2002b) which identified several forces of change reshaping forests and the potential implications for economic conditions and ecological services. The Futures Project examines how these changes and emerging factors could reshape forests over the next half century and beyond. This first-phase report presents an overview of the Project, a description of the public participation process and how public comments have provided the foundation for subsequent phases of the effort.
The U.S. South has experienced an unprecedented change in timberland ownership over the past decade with over 18 million acres of timberland changing hands. This publication presents research on the primary factors impacting this change in timberland ownership and a discussion of how such ownership changes impact silvicultural decisions, fire suppression support and activities, and expenditures on forestry research.
Guiding Principles for a Practical and Sustainable Approach to Forest Carbon Sequestration Projects in the Southern United States
Key issues surrounding the development and application of forest-based offset projects in the southern region of the United States are examined in this paper. It provides the Southern Group of State Foresters’ recommendations for how these issues should be addressed in federal climate policy, should legislation be enacted.
This regional report on forestry BMP implementation monitoring is the first in a planned series to be published every three to five years. The report provides information for the purpose of continuously improving monitoring methods and BMP implementation, and promotes consistency among southern states for this activity.
Recent concerns with energy security, energy costs, rural economies, and environmental concerns have increased interest in the use of forest biomass for energy. Forest biomass can be obtained directly from the forest in the forms of trees and portions of trees, and from forest product manufacturing facilities in the form of by-products such as bark, sawdust, shavings and other residues. This report provides instructions on the use of various Forest Inventory Analysis data to perform forestry biomass assessments and lists several methods of estimating the availability of biomass from forest sources.
Recommendations to Assist Federal Regulatory Agencies in the Determination of Ongoing Silviculture in Bottomland Hardwood and Cypress Swamps
The SGSF Water Resources Committee developed this general guidance document to assist Environmental Protection Agency and other federal regulatory agency representatives in making field level distinctions between ongoing silviculture for bottomland hardwood and cypress swamps and other land uses that may have similar operational aspects.
This handbook presents an overview of key activities for state forestry agencies to consider when dealing with all types of disaster response, from hurricanes and wide-spread tornado outbreaks, to wildland fire and ice storms. Information is compiled into three main categories for consideration: State Agency Issues when dealing with preplanning, response and recovery, Forest Damage Assessment, and Forest Recovery Operations.
The Cohesive Strategy is an unprecedented collaborative planning and risk analysis document to improve response and resiliency in the event of wildland fire.
Planning for the Future of Southern Forests: 2010 Statewide Forest Resource Assessments and Strategies
June 2010 marked the completion of statewide forest resource assessments and strategies for nearly all States and Territories in the United States. These documents were produced in response to the 2008 Farm Bill mandate to prioritize national, regional and State forest management activities. This summary analysis identifies common themes and different approaches and methods used to develop the assessments and strategies in the 13 Southern States.
Southern Group of State Foresters Water Resources Committee June 2010
2011 Texas Wildfires
A Report of the Southern Group of State Foresters
This report summarizes research on existing messages that are relevant to members of the public who live or work within the WUI. It was written for the Southern Wildland Urban Interface Council (SWUIC) to inform its efforts to recommend how forest agencies can communicate effectively with stakeholders about the risks and challenges of development within the WUI. The focal areas of the project are fire management; forest health (pests and pathogens); and land conversion impacts (forest fragmentation, water supply and water quality). The results of this research can be used to inform message content development and to implement strategies across the USFS’s Southern Region. It is a first step toward capturing what is working well and to create a platform upon which to build in the future, in order to ensure safe communities and healthy forests.