Ecological, Physical, and Socioeconomic Relationships Within Southern National Forests- Proceedings of the Southern Evaluation Project Workshop
Henry A. Pearson, Fred E. Smeins, Ronald E. Thill
There are about 182 million acres of forest land in the southeastern United States that provide great potential for nwltipf e use. These lands are intermixed in federal l i O % j , forest industry ( 2 3 % ) ) and other private ( 6 7 % ) wnerships. More than 68 mil I ion acres are covered by pine types, minly lob101 ly-shortleaf pine b u t a l s o a large amount of longleaf-slash pine. The National Forests comprise m s t o f the federally wned l a n d in the Southeast. The forest resources are
... verse and intertwined b u t are integrated into a mul tiple-use forest management program. Wildlife i ndicatrsr species are given i st Forest I"tnagement PI ans; these p7 ans establ i sh and describe management Qi rect-i on and moni tori ng and eval u a t i on reqbii rements needed to ensure cornpf i ance. Since mu1 t i p l e-use or mu1 ti-purpose forest management h a s been practiced and discussed, both pract i tioners and researchers have asked about interactions between titnber, range, wi 1 dl i fe, and other forest management practices. In 1978, forest managers and researchers had their First opportunity to examine these interrelationships by major pine types over a broad area when the Southern Evaluation Project was approved. Five dreas, were del i neated for study in the longleaf-sl ash pine and loblolly-shortleaf pinehardwood types of the National Forests in four southeastern states (Texas, Louisiana, M i ssi ssi ppi , and Florida). Soil, watershed, vegetation, wildlife, and socioeconomic aspects were r~easured on the areas to provide a data base regarding current management, soil, vegetation, and wil d l i fe diversity, On Hay 26-27, 1987, a workshop was held in Long Beach, Mississippi, to discuss results obtained froin the Project. The workshop served as a forum in which researchers, resource specialists, managers, and administrators discussed management and ecological relationships on the Southern Region" National Forests. The resul t s of 43 research projects were presented and di scussed-The workshop presentations, di scussi on fol lowl'ng the presentations, an executive summary, and appendixes w l ' t h 1 i s t s of attendees and of prior publications, presentations, and reports generated from this project are published in these proceedings.