The Southern Forest Futures Project Technical Report

Table of Contents

For the Futures Project, the South has been divided into five large sub-regions (see figure). These divisions are roughly based on aggregations of similar ecological units and each has separate social/cultural/economic identities as well. However, individual sub-regions are not homogenous, so the sub-regional teams will strive to address the diversity of conditions and concerns within their sub-region.

The Futures Project divided the South into five large ecological sub-regions that have distinct ecological traits as well as social/cultural/economic identities (see map below). Teams are preparing reports for each sub-region that distill information from the Technical Report and discuss management implications and challenges relevant to each. These reports will be available as they are completed.

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Chapter 1

Design of the Southern Forest Futures Project

David N. Wear and John G. Greis[1]

Chapter 2

Constructing Alternative Futures

David N. Wear, Robert Huggett, and John G. Greis[1]

Chapter 3

Climate Change Summary

Steve McNulty, Jennifer Moore Myers, Peter Caldwell, and Ge Sun[1]

Chapter 4

Forecasts of Land Uses

David N. Wear[1]

Chapter 5

Forecasts of Forest Conditions

Robert Huggett, David N. Wear, Ruhong Li,
John Coulston, and Shan Liu[1]

Chapter 6

Forest Ownership Dynamics of Southern Forests

Brett J. Butler and David N. Wear[1]

Chapter 7

Outdoor Recreation in a Shifting Societal Landscape

H. Ken Cordell, Carter J. Betz, and Shela H. Mou[1]

Chapter 8

Outdoor Recreation

J. M. Bowker, Ashley Askew, H. Ken Cordell, and John C. Bergstrom[1]

Chapter 9


David N. Wear, Jeffrey Prestemon, Robert Huggett, and Douglas Carter[1]

Chapter 10

Forest Biomass-Based Energy

Janaki R. R. Alavalapati, Pankaj Lal, Andres Susaeta, Robert C. Abt, and David N. Wear[1]


Chapter 11

Effect of Taxes and Financial Incentives on Family-Owned Forest Land

John L. Greene, Thomas J. Straka, and Tamara L. Cushing [1]

Chapter 12

Employment and Income Trends and Projections for Forest-Based Sectors in the U.S. South

Karen L. Abt [1]

Chapter 13

Forests and Water

Graeme Lockaby, Chelsea Nagy, James M. Vose, Chelcy R. Ford, Ge Sun, Steve McNulty, Pete Caldwell, Erika Cohen, and Jennifer Moore Myers [1]

Chapter 14

Wildlife and Forest Communities

Margaret Trani Griep and Beverly Collins[1]

Chapter 15

The Invasion of Southern Forests by Nonnative Plants: Current and Future Occupation, with Impacts, Management Strategies, and Mitigation Approaches

James H. Miller, Dawn Lemke, and John Coulston[1]

Chapter 16

Invasive Pests—Insects and Diseases

Donald A. Duerr and Paul A. Mistretta[1]

Chapter 17


John A. Stanturf and Scott L. Goodrick[1]


Map of Regions