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Southern Forests for the Future

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WRI’s Southern Forests for the Future project seeks to raise awareness of the threats facing the forests of the southern United States - VA, FL, NC, SC, TX, KY, LA, OK, AR, TN, GA, AL, MS - and lay the foundation for increasing the acreage that is conserved or managed in a sustainable manner.

For more information and interactive online maps, visit http://www.seesouthernforests.org

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Southern Forests for the Future

  1. 1. Southern Forests for the Future <br />www.SeeSouthernForests.org<br />March 3, 2010<br />Photo credit: Tesha Sampson, istockphoto.com<br />For journalists on the phone or watching the webcast, please send questions by email to:<br />pmackie@wri.org<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Welcome and overview Janet Ranganathan <br /> Vice President for Science and Research<br /> World Resources Institute<br /> jranganathan@wri.org <br /> SeeSouthernForests.org and major findings Craig Hanson <br /> Director, People & Ecosystems Program<br /> World Resources Institute<br /> chanson@wri.org<br /> Role of private landowners Todd Gartner <br /> Manager of Conservation Incentives <br /> American Forest Foundation<br /> tgartner@forestfoundation.org <br />For journalists on the phone or watching the webcast, please send questions by email to:<br />pmackie@wri.org<br />
  3. 3. Extent of southern U.S. forests<br />
  4. 4. Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org <br />Leo Hohmann, Flickr<br />Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org <br />
  5. 5. Southern forests are important for tackling climate change<br />Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2009.<br />
  6. 6. Southern forests are important for freshwater<br />Photo credit: Doug Bradley, Flickr<br />
  7. 7. Southern forests are America’s “wood basket” <br />
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  9. 9. Southern forests face a number of challenges<br />Photo credit: Yanik Chauvin, istockphoto.com <br />
  10. 10. www.SeeSouthernForests.org<br />
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  24. 24. Source: Greeley, 1925<br />
  25. 25. Source: Greeley, 1925<br />
  26. 26. Source: Greeley, 1925<br />
  27. 27. Source: Foreman and Wolke, 1992<br />
  28. 28. Extent of southern U.S. forests<br />
  29. 29. Pre-European settlement era (pre-1630)<br />
  30. 30. Agricultural expansion era (1630-1880)<br />
  31. 31. Industrial logging era (1880-1920)<br />
  32. 32. Semi-regeneration era (1920-1970)<br />
  33. 33. Suburban encroachment era (1970-today)<br />
  34. 34. Suburban expansion: Northeast Nashville, TN<br />1975<br />
  35. 35. Suburban expansion: Northeast Nashville, TN<br />1990<br />
  36. 36. Suburban expansion: Northeast Nashville, TN<br />2000<br />
  37. 37. Suburban expansion: East Birmingham, AL<br />1990<br />
  38. 38. Suburban expansion: East Birmingham, AL<br />2000<br />
  39. 39. Suburban expansion: Northeast Atlanta, GA<br />1975<br />
  40. 40. Suburban expansion: Northeast Atlanta, GA<br />1990<br />
  41. 41. Suburban expansion: Northeast Atlanta, GA<br />2000<br />
  42. 42. Urban and suburban area in South (1940)<br />
  43. 43. Urban and suburban area in South (1970)<br />
  44. 44. Urban and suburban area in South (2000)<br />
  45. 45. Urban and suburban area in South (est. 2030)<br />
  46. 46. Most southern forests are privately owned . . . <br />
  47. 47. Most southern forests are privately owned . . . <br />100% = 214 million acres<br />Public<br />Individuals & families<br />Companies<br />Source: Smith, W. Brad, Patrick D. Miles, Charles H. Perry, and Scott A. Pugh. 2009. Forest Resources of the United States, 2007. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-78. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service; Butler, Brett J. 2008. Family forest owners of the United States, 2006. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-27. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station.<br />
  48. 48. . . . and a generational shift is on the horizon<br />100% = 214 million acres<br />Public<br />< 55 years of age<br />24%<br />Individuals & families<br />Companies<br />55+ years of age<br />76%<br />Age of individual & family forest owners<br />Source: Smith, W. Brad, Patrick D. Miles, Charles H. Perry, and Scott A. Pugh. 2009. Forest Resources of the United States, 2007. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-78. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service; Butler, Brett J. 2008. Family forest owners of the United States, 2006. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-27. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station.<br />
  49. 49. Future of southern forests rests in the hands of private landowners<br />Photo credit: Margaret Munford, American Forest Foundation<br />
  50. 50. AFF Vision<br />AFF is committed to creating a future where North American forests are sustained by the public which understands and values the social, economic, and, environmental benefits they provide to our communities, our nation, and our world.<br />
  51. 51. Keeping Private Forests as Forests<br />Current Situation<br />Slumping timber markets/ Mill closings<br />Increasing development<br />Tax pressures<br />Majority private ownership/many landowners - Opportunity<br />Inter-generational ownership changes<br />Decreasing resource agency budgets<br />Climate change<br />
  52. 52. Who Owns the Forest?<br />
  53. 53. Why Own Land?<br />Beauty and scenery<br />Family and heritage<br />Privacy<br />Nature protection<br />Connected to home or cabin<br />10. Timber production<br />National Woodland Owner Survey – US Forest Service<br />
  54. 54. IntergenerationalTransfer<br />
  55. 55. Legacy AgreementsKeeping the Forest in the Family<br />
  56. 56. Remembering Aldo Leopold<br /> “When a farmer owns a rarity he should feel some obligation as its custodian, and a community should feel some obligation to help him carry the economic costs.”<br /> “Conservation will ultimately boil down to rewarding the private landowner who conserves the public interest.” <br />
  57. 57. Ecosystem Services and Markets<br /> “On private land, we must...protect our forest landscapes before they no longer can function to support watershed health, biodiversity, conservation, and viable wood markets.” <br /> “Emerging markets….will provide landowners with expanded economic incentive to maintain and restore our forests”<br /> Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack 10/1/09<br />
  58. 58. Markets for Ecosystem Services…Arrangements for placing economic value on natural assets normally “outside the market”<br /> Financial systems that enable people who produce products and services to be compensated by those who benefit<br />
  59. 59. Recreation<br />Riparian planting<br />Carbon sequestration<br />Tradeoffs<br />Sustainable forestry<br />Wetland restoration<br />Species recovery<br />Imagine…<br />The portfolio approach to forest management – multiple incomestreams<br />Conservation easement<br />Source: Adapted from the Willamette Partnership<br />
  60. 60. Sandhill Habitat Credit Trading<br />Conserve existing high quality habitat in GA and AL<br />Replicable habitat credit generating model<br />Proactive/ Precompliance/ Voluntary offsets<br />Broad partnership motivated to preclude listing<br />Additional income streams for landowners<br />
  61. 61. www.SeeSouthernForests.org<br />
  62. 62. Acknowledgments<br />Website Design<br />Website Support<br />Data providers<br />
  63. 63. Questions? email pmackie@wri.org<br />For more, visit<br />www.SeeSouthernForests.org<br />Photo credit: cwwycoff1, Flickr<br />

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