Eucalyptus species are among the most widely planted tree species in the world and of increasing interest in the United States for bioenergy. In the South, non-native Eucalyptus species have the potential to produce much more bioenergy feedstock than native pine species. Though previously limited by freezing temperatures, hybrids and freeze tolerant Eucalyptus species extend the potential commercial range well beyond the current plantings in southern Florida. With interest in bioenergy escalating, especially in the South, there is great financial incentive to plant Eucalyptus on additional acreage in much of the Lower Coastal Plain.
Because Eucalyptus species are not native to the region, there is a need to understand and develop strategies to address key environmental issues related to establishing plantings in the region. Key issues related to Eucalyptus plantations include the potential of the species for invasiveness as well as possible effects on water quantity and quality, biodiversity, and fire risk.
To help address these issues, SRS and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) are bringing together experts from both within and outside the United States to share their data, experiences, and perspectives on key environmental issues related to Eucalyptus culture. Symposium sessions will address invasiveness, water use and quality, biodiversity, and fire risk. The meeting will include a panel discussion on management approaches and information needs in the southern United States and a field trip to visit local Eucalyptus plantings and research projects.
Symposium attendees are eligible for 15.5 hours of Category 1 Continuing Forestry Education Credit from the Society of American Foresters.
Register before January 15, 2012 for early registration discount. The deadline for the special rate at the Francis Marion, the conference hotel, is January 22.
For more details about the symposium: www.eucalyptusenvironmental.org/