Impact of Stream Management Zones and Road Beautifying Buffers on Long-Term Fiber Supply in Georgia

This article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.

  • Authors: Zasada, Michal; Cieszewski, Chris J.; Lowe , Roger C.
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
  • Source: In: Proceedings of the fifth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2003 November 18-20; New Orleans, LA. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-69. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. 222p.

Abstract

Streamside management zones (SMZs) and road beautifying buffers (RBBs) in Georgia have had an unknown impact on the available wood supply in the state. We used Forest Inventory and Analysis data, Landsat Thematic Mapper imagery, Gap Analysis Program and other geographic information system data to estimate the potential impact of SMZs and RBBs in the current and future Georgia forest inventories. The analyzed scenarios are based on long-term simulations of wood supply in the State under various assumptions of regulatory constraints, expected harvesting, and intensities of management practices. The results are expressed in the form of affected areas and volumes. Obtained results suggest that introducing only some of the harvesting constraints would not drastically affect sustainable fiber supply in the State, even in the presence of increased future harvesting. The cumulative impact of obligatory SMZs, RBBs, and other anticipated factors, such as potential loss of forested land to urban expansion, could have a strong negative impact on the level of sustainable harvesting, reducing the future fiber supply in Georgia.

  • Citation: Zasada, Michal; Cieszewski, Chris J.; Lowe , Roger C. 2005. Impact of Stream Management Zones and Road Beautifying Buffers on Long-Term Fiber Supply in Georgia. In: Proceedings of the fifth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2003 November 18-20; New Orleans, LA. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-69. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. 222p.
  • Posted Date: March 31, 2006
  • Modified Date: August 11, 2006
  • Print Publications Are No Longer Available

    In an ongoing effort to be fiscally responsible, the Southern Research Station (SRS) will no longer produce and distribute hard copies of our publications. Many SRS publications are available at cost via the Government Printing Office (GPO). Electronic versions of publications may be downloaded, printed, and distributed.

    Publication Notes

    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
    • To view this article, download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.