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Comments Received at Webinar 1

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The table below captures the comments collected during the input phase of the first webinar, April 8th. Comments are grouped by major forces of change.

  additional primary factor should be a combined national Renewable Fuels Standard and Renewable Portfolio Standards--national policy that may put focus on the south
Land Uses
  Are there trends in conservation easements that are being considered?
Dr. Pergams, U of Illinois, use of national parks and other parks, finding a serious downturn in use of parks, kids in the future may not back environmental projects as much, and may not have an interest in the land - kids don't go outside any more
hunting licenses are trending downward
I'm concerned about future large scale changes from forestry to agricultural production for biofuels. I'm pleased to hear that you are getting input on this topic and will be addressing it.
short rotation crops, an increasing intensity of management for a woody crop market, potential 7-10 yr rotation of improved crops for woody biomass feedstock, changing marginal forested lands into woody croplands
taxes in the South are still relatively so people can actually enjoy their land
what is the relationship between state tax policy and land use change?
  Biological and Physical factor interaction: climate change may influence where species will grow with changes in precipitation patterns
Exclusion of low intensity fires over time increases the probability in intensive fires
Maintaining frequent, low intensity prescribed burns in longleaf and other pine systems - the ability to continue doing so and the impact of that, as much a social factor
  Could be important if the laws changed, so water left unused becomes somebody else's property
Groundwater recharge rates for increasing populations, and other demands on that
Maps that show sea level rise, that whole displacement of communities and how that might affect the forests, huge implications in some states
Water rights issues
Forest Management/Markets
  How have past silvicultural decisions set the current forest up for changing markets?
international markets serve as a demand factor as well as competition, such as wood pellets that both compete with chip markets in the South but add export potential
Markets: in addition to ATV additional technology such as geocaching...adventure vacations
New Markets: beyond bioenergy could also include chemical feedstocks that replace fossil fuels
People may not be planting trees as back when the markets for sawtimber were stronger
People more interested in ATV riding, these don't mind paying for the opportunity to ride on private land, in contrast with hikers, bikers
Trails in the woods seem to be more walked on now that there are more people in the community, so use of the woods is going up