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Southern Forest Resource Assessment highlights: Managing for Forest Health

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Both native and exotic insects and diseases affect southern forest health and vitality and therefore have ecological and economic effects. In addition, there are abiotic factors, such as climate change and air pollution, that may interact with and sometimes exacerbate the dynamics of insect and disease outbreaks. Managing for forest health in this changing environment remains a critical challenge for forest managers in the South. The Southern Forest Resource Assessment (SFRA) addressed questions regarding the health of forest ecosystems; this summary of the findings focuses on the implications for forest management in the region.

Keywords: abiotic stressors; entomology; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; pathology; pest management

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Regional Pesticide Specialist and Staff Forest Pathologist USDA Forest Service, Southern Region, State and Private Forestry, Forest Health Protection, 1720 Peachtree Road NW, Room 862S, Atlanta, GA, 30309-2417,

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.
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