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Southern Forest Resource Assessment: Summary of Findings

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The Southern Forest Resource Assessment (SFRA) was initiated in spring 1999 to address broad questions concerning the status, trends, and likely future of southern forests. A descriptive assessment such as SFRA can be used to highlight the major dynamics and uncertainties at play within a region's forested ecosystems, thereby focusing public discourse. Because SFRA has only recently been completed, however, it is too early to examine its effectiveness as a basis for debate and policy. This summary describes five major forces of change affecting southern forests and then characterizes the trends in various forest conditions and their implications.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; future of forestry; inventory and analysis; natural resource management; natural resources; sustainable forestry; timber markets

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Coleader Southern Forest Resource Assessment, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Box 12254 Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709, 2: Coleader Southern Forest Resource Assessment, USDA Forest Service, Southern Region, Atlanta, Georgia,

Publication date: October 1, 2002

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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