The Southern Forest Futures Project will make freely available those datasets used in the project. The exception would be data that are sensitive, confidential or proprietary, or data that are already freely available elsewhere.
Some data may be made available early in the process, but most will be released after the report they were used to create has passed the scrutiny of peer review. In the meantime you may wish to check the data available from Southern Forest Resource Assessment Data Center.
Projections of Longleaf Forest Area by Cornerstone Future
This workbook contains areas of longleaf pine forest area projected to the year 2060 by the US Forest Assessment System based on a representative model run for the referenced Cornerstone Future (Cornerstone futures are labeled A-F and are fully described in Chapter 2 of Wear and Greis 2013). The data are organized by Ecological Section and county as defined in Figures 1.3 and 14.1 in Wear and Greis (2013). Each Ecological Section constitutes a worksheet within this workbook. Each line is referenced to a county/county equivalent using its five-digit Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) code (note that a county may have multiple entries which need to be summed to provide county totals).
While county-level projections are listed, projections at this scale have very high standard errors, so should only be compared across broad county aggregates such as the referenced ecological sections.
Additional information regarding models and simulations can be found in Chapters 1-4 and the Appendix of Wear et al. 2012 and in Chapter 5 of Wear and Greis (2013).
- Wear, D.N., and J.G. Greis (editors). 2013. The Southern Forest Futures Project: Technical Report. USDA Forest Service, General Technical Report SRS-178, 542 p.
- Wear, David N., R. Huggett, R. Li, B. Perryman, and S. Liu. 2013. Forecasts of forest conditions in regions of the United States under future scenarios: A technical document supporting the Forest Service 2010 RPA Assessment. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-170. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 101 p.