assessment of sustainability of our forests

Southern Forest Resource Assessment

led by the USDA Forest Service's Southern Region and Southern Research Station in collaboration with the USEPA, US Fish & Wildlife, TVA, and state forestry agencies of the Southern United States

IV. Forest Extent, Conditions, and Health

The Southern Forest Resource Assessment will address a set of questions regarding the sustainability of the South’s forests.  This page contains a list of questions that are now proposed to organize the analysis in the Forest Extent, Conditions, and Health category. These questions address broad issues so to provide additional detail, we include specific points that will be addressed as each question is answered. At the end of the page are links to the other broad categories.

To the left of each question is a "what you said" link taking you to the public inputs submitted about the earlier version of that question.

 

Comments about the earlier version of this question

1. What are the history, status, and projected future of southern forests (in terms of their area, ownership, landscape patterns, and location)?

  • Discuss the history of forest conditions back as far as can be documented.
  • Be explicit about definitions, for example the definition of a forest, and report data by forest species group wherever possible.
  • Disclose data compilation procedures, assumptions made, and the limits of the data.  For example, define the age of the FIA data for every state; recognize that tree volume estimates do not include small trees.
  • Evaluate changes in patterns of ownership and their potential implications for forest management.
Comments about the earlier version of this question

2.  What are the history, status, and projected future of the characteristics of forests in the South (age, species composition, stand size, stand origin)?

  • Evaluate the rates of change of the above characteristics and between forest types-e.g., between hardwood types and pine plantations.
  • Discuss the implications of potential fragmentation on forest structural characteristics.
  • Describe the history of forest structure as far back as can be documented.
Comments about the earlier version of this question

3. How have insects and disease influenced the overall health of the South's forests and how will they likely affect it in the future?

  • Evaluate whether forest insect and disease impacts are related to forest management intensity.
  • Evaluate whether forest insect and disease impacts differ or is likely to differ by forest type and by forest ownership group.
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of chemical control options.
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4. How have environmental stressors such as air pollution influenced the overall health of the South's forests and what are future effects likely to be?

  • Evaluate the impact of acid precipitation on overall forest health, i.e. vegetation, soils, water.
  • Evaluate the impact of ozone pollution on forest vegetation.
  • Define which forest types are at risk and how these risks are distributed spatially.
  • How might climate change influence forest conditions in the future?


Other Broad Categories:
I. Landscapes/Terrestrial Ecosystems
II. Social/Economic Factors
III. Timber Markets and Forest Management
V. Watersheds, Aquatic/Riparian Ecosystems, and Forested Wetlands
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