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Southern Forest Futures Project (SFFP)

Data Source: EFI EUROFOREST Portal
TitleSouthern Forest Futures Project (SFFP)
CreatorUSDA Forest Service
DescriptionThe Southern Forest Futures Project (SFFP) is a multi-year research effort that analyzes and forecasts probable changes in southern forests between 2010 and 2060. It builds from the Southern Forest Resource Assessment completed in 2002 and addresses a set of contemporary issues surrounding forests in the southern part of the United States. Using computer modelling and cutting-edge scientific analysis, SFFP presents a range of plausible futures or scenarios of the South's forests based on a variety of influences such as urbanization, bioenergy, climate change, land ownership changes, and invasive species. Forecasts provide a foundation for examining several broad "meta-issues" affecting southern forests, including fire, bioenergy, water supply, and wildlife. The overall goal of SFFP is to inform land management strategies, policy discussions, and program decisions with the clearest understanding of the potential long-term implications of changes in forests of the 13 southern states.
Keywordsforecasting; regional assessment; futures; scenarios; urbanization; bioenergy; climate change; land ownership change; invasive species; forest fires; water supply; wildlife
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 Published: August 16 2011