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
 
 

Public Inputs on the Preliminary Questions

Assessing the long term vitality of the South's forest resources is a complex undertaking. To focus our efforts, we drafted a set of preliminary assessment questions in June 1999 for public review, organized around five broad categories. The categories and original questions are listed below. Links next to each preliminary question take you a page which reports the suggestions, concerns and issues submitted by the public about that question. Listed last is a section for questions or suggestions about the overall assessment or its process. All of the inputs were considered in constructing the proposed questions. Please see the Methods Page for details on how the original comments were summarized and reported. All of the public comments pages along with this page are also available as a single PDF file, public-inputs1.pdf 1.7 MB in size, which may be more convenient for printing or off-line viewing. Using the file requires a free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  1. Landscapes/Terrestrial Ecosystems
  2. Social and Economic Factors
  3. Timber Markets and Forest Management
  4. Forest Extent, Conditions, and Health
  5. Watersheds, Aquatic/Riparian Ecosystems, and Forested Wetlands

link to top Landscapes/Terrestrial Ecosystems

Comments about this version of the question 1. What is the history, status, and likely future of terrestrial wildlife habitat types in the South?
Comments about this version of the question 2. What conditions will be needed to sustain plant and animal habitat associations in the South?
Comments about this version of the question 3. What are the likely effects of expanding human populations, urbanization and infrastructure development on habitats, animals, and plants?
Comments about this version of the question 4. How has forest management and access shaped terrestrial ecosystems in the South?
Comments about this version of the question General comments on this category

link to top Social/Economic Factors

Comments about this version of the question 1. How have land uses changed in the South and how might changes in the future affect the forest land base?
Comments about this version of the question 2. What is the demographic profile and attitudes of Southern citizens toward forests and their management and how have they changed?
Comments about this version of the question 3. How do current policies, regulations, and laws (for example, Best Management Practices) affect forest resources and their management?
Comments about this version of the question 4. What motivates private forest landowners to manage their forest land and how are their management objectives formed?
Comments about this version of the question 5. What role do forests play in employment and local economies in the South?
Comments about this version of the question 6. What are the supplies of and demands for forest based recreation and other uses of forests in the South?
Comments about this version of the question General comments on this category

link to top Timber Markets and Forest Management

Comments about this version of the question 1. What are the demands for and supplies of wood products in the South?
Comments about this version of the question 2. What are the status and trends of forest management practices in the South?
Comments about this version of the question 3. How might new technologies influence timber harvesting and conditions of forests?
Comments about this version of the question 4. What are the management approaches of various forest ownership classes in the South?
Comments about this version of the question General comments on this category

link to top Forest Extent, Conditions, and Health

Comments about this version of the question 1. What is the history, status, and likely future of Southern forests (area, ownership, and location)?
Comments about this version of the question 2. What is the history, status, and likely future of the structure of forests in the South (age, species composition, stand size, stand origin, fragmentation)?
Comments about this version of the question 3. What factors (insects, disease, fire exclusion, environmental stressors) have and could continue to influence the overall health of the South's forests?
Comments about this version of the question General comments on this category

link to top Watersheds, Aquatic/Riparian Ecosystems, and Forested Wetlands

Comments about this version of the question 1. What is the history, status, and likely future of water quality in Southern forested watersheds?
Comments about this version of the question 2. What is the history, status, and likely future of forested wetlands in the South?
Comments about this version of the question 3. How have forest management activities and other forest uses influenced water quality and aquatic habitat in forested watersheds?
Comments about this version of the question 4. What are the implementation rates and effectiveness of BMP's in the South?
Comments about this version of the question 5. What is the history, status, and likely future of aquatic habitats and species in the South?
Comments about this version of the question General comments on this category

link to top Study or Assessment Process

Comments about this version of the question 1. Assessment methodology
Comments about this version of the question 2. Scope of assessment analysis
Comments about this version of the question 3. Project data management
Comments about this version of the question 4. Public involvement process
Comments about this version of the question 5. Sub-regional focus areas

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