Southern Forest Resource Assessment highlights: Terrestrial Ecosystems and Wildlife Conservation

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Southern population and economic growth are putting pressure on wildlife species and the communities that support them. Loss of habitat is the primary reason why 132 southern terrestrial vertebrate species are of conservation concern, but other factors include environmental contaminants, exploitation, development, stream modification, and wetland degradation. A high proportion of rare forest communities are imperiled to some degree; 14 have estimated losses of 98 percent since European settlement. In the midst of continued regional growth, biological diversity will become a critical conservation issue. Each southern landowner has an important role in the conservation of species and their habitats.

Keywords: biodiversity; endangered species; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; land-use change; landownership; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Regional Wildlife Ecologist USDA Forest Service, Southern Region, 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke, VA, 24019,

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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