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Comments Recieved at Webinar 2

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The table below captures the comments collected during the input phase of the second webinar, April 16th at 2 pm. Comments are grouped by major forces of change.

  Comments
Social/Economic/Institutional
  An additional social factor to consider is education, or lack of education, in terms of current forest health and condition amnong the general voting population.
Family structure among land owning families - impact on forest ownership and uses.
The global stability regarding wars and the cost thereof and the growing deficit will affect how we can manage our forests
Under Social, Economic, and Inst. Facotrs - down below "Potential Future Marhet for Carbon Creditd" - you might consider adding other potential (and on-going) "non-traditional" markets such as water quality, viewsheds, habitat, etc.
Values need to be given to ecosystem services including but not limited to carbon sequestration in order to let native forests compete with other land values.
will shrinking budgets for state/fed'l resource agencies contribute to the level of landowner education?
Land Uses
  Effective land-use planning, taking into consideration ecological services of forests, wtare reosurces, etc. in long-range plans.
How will forest composition continue to change as a result of less management?
How will forests change through climate change, how quick will changes be, and how will forest mgt. practices need to adapt (species composition, forest pests etc, exotics).
What are projected effects of increased biofuel production both in currnet forest and on choice for agricultural land on ecosystems including wildife, threatened species, and so on?
Will we lose forest or forest managment options to rising sea levels
Biological
  Deer populations out of control?
What are the prospects for development of beneficial biotic agents to counter the influx of exotic pests invading our forest?
Will genetics be able to increase resistance of forests to insects and disease?
Physical
  [prescribed burning] is most certainly a valuable tool in hardwood management, but wildfires in eastern and southeastern KY have a tremendous negative impact on current value of forestland - this even lowers the ability to generate funds, or incentives, for more fire management.
As well as liability .... [prescribed burning]
More stringent air pollution regulations will affect future prescribed burning.
Prescribed burn councils are an example of a new type of organization which will be promoting prescribed burning for forest management in the future. Forest landowner organization will also wield influence in future forest policy.
Forest Management/Markets
  The hardwood market in KY is currently terrible (if you are having a sale). This will also lead to less forest management and more of the "leave it alone" style of management - leading to more changes in overall species composition, forest health, and such...
And keep markets for high quality materials.
Effects on increased biofuel prices on land prices and less opportunity for public agencies etc. to purchase for forest management
How important are conservation easement programs on private land going to become on protecting southern forests?
I think we are already seeing the public be willing to accept cheaper substitutes. Today's average young couple does not seem to value, for instance, a piece of furniture made of solid oak. They'll take the cheaper Siberian-grown and Chinese made products every time.
In upper south, we're in a situation where we have mis-managed our forests to the point that we now have to bear the costs of "fixing" things so that high quality material can once again be grown - there is no financial incentive for private landowners to do such.
Movement of markets away from US...pulp/paper
Tennessee markets are also pretty bad right now....
The future of forest products on lands in TIMO ownership which focuses more on short term management than the traditional timber company long term management.
We have to figure out a way to develop and encourage markets for low-quality material.
will a time come in the forseeable future when cheaper or more relable substitutes for forest products displace forests as economic enterprise?