SC Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy

Statewide Forest Resource Strategy

Enhancing the Benefits of South Carolina’s
Trees and Forests

Water Quality and Quantity

Surface water that is free from pollutants and sediment and provides habitat requirements for wildlife is considered to be of high quality.  Forestry operations generally have little detrimental effect on water quality.  Nevertheless, the South Carolina Forestry Commission, cooperating with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, aggressively promotes adherence to Best Management Practices.  South Carolina has an abundant supply of freshwater, but is not immune to water quantity issues as evidenced by recent legal action involving neighboring states. 

Stormwater Management
Impervious surfaces such as roads, roofs, driveways, streets, and parking lots increase not only stormwater volume, but also the rate of flow.  Maintenance and expansion of urban canopy cover is an effective tool that can be used to reduce the impacts of stormwater runoff.

Air Quality
South Carolina’s forests play a major role in filtering the air of pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter.  In addition, trees sequester carbon dioxide and emit oxygen through the process of photosynthesis.

Community Forests in South Carolina
Trees are major capital assets in communities. The quantity, placement and size of trees in populated places can positively impact and provide millions of dollars in savings regarding energy conservation, air filtration, stormwater runoff mitigation, and carbon dioxide sequestration.

Goal:  Enhance the environmental and public benefits of South Carolina’s trees and forests such as water quality and quantity, stormwater management, air quality, and community forest benefits.

 



Objective 4.1:    Enhance water quality protection by increasing awareness and compliance with South Carolina Best Management Practices for Forestry (BMPs).

Performance Measures:   Desired outcome is increased awareness and compliance with BMPs as shown by training participation, courtesy exam requests, requests for assistance, and continued high level of compliance as evidenced by monitoring.

Resources Needed:   Adequate staffing to carry out program implementation, funding for aerial detection, and funding for field equipment.

 


Strategy 4.1.1:    Improve delivery of pre-harvest planning and BMP recommendations through the Courtesy Exam Program to protect water quality and site productivity during forestry operations.

National Objectives Supported
(see Appendix 4)

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders
(see Appendix 5)

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported
(see Appendix 6)

1.2

Water Quality

Conservation Organizations

Water Quality & Quantity

EB 1, 2, 3, 4

3.1, 3.4

 

Professional Organizations

 

 

 


Strategy 4.1.2:    Provide classroom and field BMP training for forestry contractors, private landowners, industry, SCFC employees, and other agencies through the Timber Operations Professional (TOP) training program, in cooperation with industry and through SCFC workshops.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.2

Water Quality

Forest Industry

Water Quality & Quantity

EB 1, 2, 3, 4

3.1, 3.4

Training & Safety

SC Forestry Association

 

 

 

 

Contractors

 

 

 

 

Forest Landowners

 

 

 

 

TIMOs and REITs

 

 

 


Strategy 4.1.3:    Encourage contractors to include BMP compliance statements in their contracts.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.2

Water Quality

Contractors

Water Quality & Quantity

EB 1, 2, 3, 4

3.1, 3.4

 

 

 

 

 


Strategy 4.1.4:    Work with SC Forestry Association, Association of Consulting Foresters, Clemson University, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC Timber Producers Association, county landowners associations, and other organizations to encourage landowners, loggers, foresters,  and contractors to request courtesy BMP examinations.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.2

Water Quality

SC Forestry Association

Water Quality & Quantity

EB 1, 2, 3, 4

3.1, 3.4

 

Professional Organizations

 

 

 

 

Clemson University

 

 

 

 

SC DHEC

 

 

 

 

Forest Landowners

 

 

 

 

SC Timber Producers Association

 

 

 


Strategy 4.1.5:   Continue BMP monitoring to document success and provide opportunities for education of landowners, loggers, and forestry professionals.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.2

Water Quality

SC Forestry Association

Water Quality & Quantity

EB 1, 2, 3, 4

3.1, 3.4

 

Contractors

 

 

 

 

Professional Organizations

 

 

 

 

Forest Landowners

 

 

 


Strategy 4.1.6:   Respond to BMP complaints and provide technical expertise to appropriate enforcement agencies.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.2

Water Quality

SC DHEC

Water Quality & Quantity

EB 1, 2, 3, 4

3.1, 3.4

 

Army Corps of Engineers

 

 

 


Strategy 4.1.7:   Periodically review Best Management Practices (BMP) guidelines and update as needed to better protect water quality.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.2

Water Quality

Professional Organizations

Water Quality & Quantity

EB 1, 2, 3, 4

3.1, 3.4

 

SC DHEC

 

 

 

 

Army Corps of Engineers

 

 

 


Strategy 4.1.8:   Update cooperative agreements with state and federal regulatory agencies, forest industry, and private organizations to protect environmental functions.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

2.2

Water Quality

SC DHEC

Water Quality & Quantity

EB 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

3.1, 3.2

 

Army Corps of Engineers

 

 

 

 

Forest Industry

 

 

 

 

TIMOs and REITs

 

 

 

 

Conservation Organizations

 

 

 



Strategy 4.1.9:   Provide pre-harvest planning and technical assistance to forest landowners and forestry professionals on implementation of BMPs.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

3.1

Water Quality

SC DHEC

Water Quality & Quantity

EB 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Forest Management

SC Forestry Association

 

OA 6, 7

 

Forest Stewardship

Clemson Extension Service

 

 

 


Objective 4.2:    Provide technical, educational, and financial assistance in community forestry to local governments and organized groups living and working within established, developing, and populated areas.

Performance Measures:   Desired outcome is a sustained capacity for communities of place and communities of people to actively manage and care for trees and associated vegetation as measured by professional staff, tree/natural resource inventory information and management plans, skilled and knowledgeable workers, recurring funding, tree management and conservation policies, and advocacy groups.

Resources Needed:   Adequate and qualified staffing to provide state-wide assistance, funding for cost-share grant programs, and logistical and administrative support to implement program components.

 



Strategy 4.2.1:    Meet with local government personnel, advocacy groups, professional organizations and natural resource associations to provide technical assistance in the development and management of sustainable community tree/forest programs.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

3.4, 3.6, 3.7

Community Forestry

Local Governments

Community Forestry

OA 4, 6

 

Forest Health

SC U&CF Council

 

CWF 2, 9,10

 

 

Councils of Government

 

EB 1, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

 

 

Professional Organizations

 

 

 

 

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 


Strategy 4.2.2:  Develop and/or acquire tools to facilitate technical, educational and financial assists and services.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

3.4, 3.6, 3.7

Community Forestry

Local Governments

Community Forestry

OA 4, 6

 

Information & Education

SC U&CF Council

 

CWF 2, 9,10

 

 

Councils of Government

 

EB 1, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

 

 

Professional Organizations

 

 

 

 

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 


Strategy 4.2.3:   Administer the community forestry cost-share grant program as available and provide information on other available sources of grants and funding to assist in the development and management of sustainable community tree/forest programs.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

3.4, 3.6, 3.7

Community Forestry

Local Governments

Community Forestry

OA 4, 6

 

Information & Education

SC U&CF Council

 

CWF 2, 9,10

 

 

Councils of Government

 

EB  9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

 

 

Professional Organizations

 

 

 

 

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 


Strategy 4.2.4:   Conduct on-site programs, provide literature and website information, and work through partners to sponsor / present information regarding arboriculture, community forestry issues, and the value of ecosystem services and environmental benefits of trees to targeted audiences.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

3.4, 3.6, 3.7

Community Forestry

Local Governments

Community Forestry

OA 2, 4, 6, 8, 12

 

Information & Education

SC U&CF Council

 

CWF 1, 2, 6, 9,10

 

 

Councils of Government

 

EB 1, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

 

 

Professional Organizations

 

 

 

 

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 


Strategy 4.2.5:  Work with local, regional, and state partners on issues where trees and forests can help address common objectives such as energy conservation, green infrastructure implementation, storm planning and mitigation, economic development, air quality, and stormwater management.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

3.4, 3.6, 3.7

Community Forestry

Local Governments 

Community Forestry

OA 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12         

 

State Forests

SC U&CF Council

 

CWF 1, 2, 4, 6, 9,10

 

Forest Management

Councils of Government

 

EB 1, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

 

Forest Stewardship

Professional Organizations

 

PF 2, 3

 

 

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 


Strategy 4.2.6:   Offer expertise to other SC Forestry Commission program areas and support opportunities for professional development and technical skill enhancement of agency foresters regarding arboriculture and/or community forestry issues and involve them in local forestry issues within their assigned areas.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

3.4, 3.6, 3.7

Community Forestry

Local Governments

Community Forestry

OA 2, 4, 6, 8, 12

 

State Forests

SC U&CF Council

 

CWF 1, 2, 6, 9,10

 

Forest Management

Councils of Government

 

EB 1, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

 

Forest Stewardship

Professional Organizations

 

 

 

 

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 


Objective 4.3:    Enhance air quality by actively managing smoke from prescribed burns and wildfires and by maintaining a healthy forest cover that increases air filtration, temperature reduction, and energy efficiency.

Performance Measures:   Desired outcome is a reduction in the number of smoke-related complaints, increased participation in the SC Forestry Commission's burning notification program, increased amount of acres prescribed burned, and participation in reforestation and urban tree programs.

Resources Needed:   Funding for community forestry program grants, adequate staffing in applicable SCFC program areas, MOU's and viable working relationships with DHEC and other organizations, and logistical and administrative support.

 


Strategy 4.3.1:   Continue to monitor and research smoke management guidelines to maintain air quality standards.  (duplicate of 3.5.2)

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Fire Management

SC DHEC

Wildfire Risk

OA 6,7

2.1, 2.2

Information Technology

USDA Forest Service

Conserve Working Forests

EB 8

3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7

 

Clemson University

 

CWF 9,10

 

 

US Fish and Wildlife Service

 

PF 1,2,3,4,5,10,11

 

 

Department of Defense

 

 

 


Strategy 4.3.2:    Include air quality measures from other agencies into SC Forestry Commission burn advisories.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

3.2, 3.6, 3.7

Fire Management

SC DHEC

Wildfire Risk

EB 8

 

Information Technology

USDA Forest Service

Conserve Working Forests

CWF 9,10

 

 

 

 

PF 1,2,3,4,5,10

 


Strategy 4.3.3:    Promote prescribed burning and fuel load reduction to reduce potential air quality impacts from wildfires.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Fire Management

SC DHEC

Wildfire Risk

OA 6,7

2.1, 2.2

Forest Management

USDA Forest Service

Conserve Working Forests

EB 8

3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7

Information & Education

SC Prescribed Fire Council

 

CWF 9,10

 

Forest Stewardship

SC Forestry Association

 

PF 1,2,3,4,5,10

 


Strategy 4.3.4:   Promote healthy forest cover to increase air filtration, temperature reduction, and energy efficiency.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Forest Management

SC Forestry Association

Conserve Working Forests

OA 7, 10, 12

2.2

Community Forestry

Clemson Extension Service

Community Forestry

CWF 2, 3, 4, 8

3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

Information & Education

USDA Forest Service

 

PF 3

 

Forest Stewardship

SC U&CF Council

 

EB 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

 

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