SCFC supports Southern Group of State Foresters' position on 'pine decline'
The overall health of southern pines is strong and resilient. Productivity in loblolly pine continues to increase, while major efforts to restore longleaf and shortleaf pine habitat on appropriate sites are ongoing. The pine decline issue should be used by forest health specialists to discuss forest health and resiliency issues with managers, consolidate what we know and don’t know about southern pine management and springboard thoughtful research to tackle difficult questions. It should not be used to spread fear and uncertainty about time-tested silvicultural practices that have had demonstrably positive impacts on forestland throughout the Southeastern United States.
–excerpted from the Southern Group of State Foresters' position statement
Protecting other resources while conducting forest management activities is what good stewardship is all about. Federal and state laws require that water quality and endangered species be protected. Best Management Practices (BMPs) are designed to minimize the impact of forestry practices and related activities on water quality and other functions and values. Recommendations by Commission foresters will assist and encourage landowners to comply with these voluntary and non-voluntary regulations so that these resources are protected.
South Carolina's Forest Stewardship program is designed to assist private landowners who want to do the most they can for future generations: become forest stewards. Any landowner who owns at least ten acres of forestland can qualify.
Urban Foresters with the South Carolina Forestry Commission are available to assist communities, non-profit volunteer organizations, schools, individuals and others with information, training and technical assistance related to the establishment and management of trees in urban areas of South Carolina.
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