SC Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy

Statewide Forest Resource Strategy

Overarching Issues

Population Growth
The population of South Carolina is predicted to grow from four million in 2000 to over five million by 2030.  As the population grows, more forest land will be converted to housing and commercial development, stormwater runoff will increase, public demand on forest attributes will rise, and the number of wildfires that threaten structures will increase. 

Climate Change
Increased incidence of droughts and storms, increased number and severity of wildfires, and more numerous and severe insect and disease outbreaks are possible if climate change predictions hold true.  Sustainable management of forests can help reduce the negative effects of this change.

Public Perceptions about Forestry
Many South Carolina residents value the environmental role of forests, such as protecting water quality, as more important than their role as the provider of raw materials for the number one manufacturing industry in the state.  With increased urbanization, many citizens also do not have a close connection with the land.  As a consequence, restrictive regulations such as outdoor burning ordinances and tree protection ordinances are proposed with little or no consideration of the potential effects of this legislation on forestry operations.

 

Goal:  Mitigate the potentially negative effects of population growth and climate change and encourage the public to adopt a more favorable attitude about forestry.

Note:   many of the objectives and strategies listed here are repeated elsewhere in this document because of the all-inclusive nature of these issues.

 



Objective 1.1:   Develop, promote, and deliver forestry education programs to all audiences.

Performance Measures:   Desired outcome is an increase in the number of educational programs conducted and the number of participants in these programs.  Metrics include number of programs developed or updated, number of requests for educational programs, number of participants trained, and overall positive evaluations.

Resources Needed:   Funding for the development of educational materials, cooperator support, and staff to deliver programs.

 


Strategy 1.1.1:   Continue to develop Harbison State Forest and Piedmont Forestry Center for forestry education centers, and expand programs to other suitable Forestry Commission properties.

 

National Objectives Supported
(see Appendix 4)

 

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders
(see Appendix 5)

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported
(see Appendix 6)

1.2

Information & Education

SC Forestry Association

Conserve Working Forests

OA 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8

3.4, 3.5, 3.6

State Forests

SC Department of Education

Community Forestry

CWF 6, 9, 10

 

 

Clemson Extension Service

Wildfire Risk

 

 

 

Conservation Organizations

Threats to Forest Health

 

 

 

SC DNR

Water Quality and Quantity

 

 

 

Society of American Foresters

 

 

 

 

Clemson University

 

 

 

 

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 

 

USDA Forest Service

 

 

 


Strategy 1.1.2:   Promote conservation education programs such as Wood Magic, Protect Learning Tree, and Teaching KATE (Kids About The Environment).  Increase SC Forestry Commission personnel participation in education programs.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.2

Information & Education

SC Forestry Association

Conserve Working Forests

OA 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8

 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

State Forests

Clemson Extension Service

Community Forestry

 CWF 6, 9, 10

 

Fire Management

Conservation Organizations

Wildfire Risk

 

 

Forest Stewardship

SC DNR

Threats to Forest Health

 

 

 

Society of American Foresters

Water Quality and Quantity

 

 

 

Clemson University

 

 

 

 

SC Department of Education

 

 

 

 

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 

 

USDA Forest Service

 

 

 


Strategy 1.1.3:   Continue annual teacher's tour and development of forestry education material.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.2

Information & Education

SC Forestry Association

Conserve Working Forests

OA 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8

 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

State Forests

Clemson Extension Service

Community Forestry

 CWF 6, 9, 10

 

 

Conservation Organizations

Wildfire Risk

 

 

 

SC DNR

Threats to Forest Health

 

 

 

Society of American Foresters

Water Quality and Quantity

 

 

 

Clemson University

 

 

 

 

SC Department of Education

 

 

 

 

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 

 

USDA Forest Service

 

 

 



Objective 1.2:   Improve contacts and communication with state and local levels of government concerning forestry-related issues

Performance Measures:   Desired outcome is an improved outreach plan that targets specific audiences and ensures that relevant information is shared.  Metrics would include number of meetings attended, number of lawmakers contacted, number of issues in which the agency participated, inquiries responded to, and number of employees trained in communication skills.

Resources Needed:   Funding to support adequate staffing levels.

Strategy 1.2.1:   Encourage active participation in forestry issues at all organizational levels.  Identify specific audiences to be reached by each program and/or operating segment of the SC Forestry Commission.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.2

All program areas (Executive Leadership to lead)

General Assembly

Conserve Working Forests

OA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

3.4, 3.5, 3.6

 

SC Forestry Association

Community Forestry

CWF 2,4,6,9,10

 

 

Clemson Extension Service

Wildfire Risk

 

 

 

Conservation Organizations

Threats to Forest Health

 

 

 

SC DNR

Water Quality and Quantity

 

 

 

Society of American Foresters

 

 

 

 

Clemson University

 

 

 

 

SC Department of Education

 

 

 

 

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 

 

USDA Forest Service

 

 

 


Strategy 1.2.2:   Invite legislative staff to participate in high profile forestry events, and plan periodic field trips for legislative staff and the Governor's office staff, focusing on all services provided to citizens of the state.  Involve key legislators as available.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.2

Information & Education

General Assembly

Conserve Working Forests

OA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Executive Leadership

Governor's Office

Community Forestry

CWF 2,4,6,9,10

 

State Forests

SC Forestry Association

Wildfire Risk

 

 

Forest Management

 

Threats to Forest Health

 

 

Fire Management

 

Water Quality and Quantity

 

 


Strategy 1.2.3:    Address regulatory and liability issues associated with forest management practices such as prescribed burning, use of pesticides, and timber harvesting.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.2

Information & Education

General Assembly

Conserve Working Forests

OA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Executive Leadership

Governor's Office

Community Forestry

CWF 2,4,6,9,10

 

Fire Management

SC Forestry Association

Wildfire Risk

 

 

Forest Health

 

Threats to Forest Health

 

 

 Forest Management

 

Water Quality and Quantity

 

 


Strategy 1.2.4:   Train personnel to be effective communicators.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.2

Information & Education

USDA Forest Service

Conserve Working Forests

OA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Executive Leadership

SC Forestry Association

Community Forestry

CWF 2,4,6,9,10

 

 

 

Wildfire Risk

 

 

 

 

Threats to Forest Health

 

 

 

 

Water Quality and Quantity

 

 


Objective 1.3:   Utilize all media to reach targeted audiences with relevant forestry information.

Performance Measures:   Desired outcomes are identification of targeted audiences and development of appropriate materials.

Resources Needed:   Funding for adequate staffing to allow the development and delivery of information and purchase of materials.

 


Strategy 1.3.1:  Research potential audiences for which to develop targeted information and/or education campaigns.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Information & Education

General Assembly

Conserve Working Forests

OA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Executive Leadership

SC Forestry Association

Community Forestry

CWF 2,4,6,9,10

 

Forest Management

Clemson Extension Service

Wildfire Risk

 

 

 

Conservation Organizations

Threats to Forest Health

 

 

 

SC DNR

Water Quality and Quantity

 

 

 

Society of American Foresters

 

 

 

 

Natural Resource Organizations

 

 

 

 

USDA Forest Service

 

 

 


Strategy 1.3.2:   Develop audio-visual, print, and exhibit material, promoting forestry and forest management, for use by agency personnel in their communities.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Information & Education

SC Forestry Association

Conserve Working Forests

OA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Executive Leadership

Clemson Extension Service

Community Forestry

CWF 2,4,6,9,10

 

Forest Management

Conservation Organizations

Wildfire Risk

 

 

 

SC DNR

Threats to Forest Health

 

 

 

Society of American Foresters

Water Quality and Quantity

 

 

 

Natural Resource Organizations

 

 

 

 

USDA Forest Service

 

 

 


Objective 1.4:   Increase interaction, cooperation, and communication with other state agencies, local governments, forestry organizations, universities, professional societies, and environmental and conservation groups.

Performance Measures:  Desired outcome is increased collaboration with other organizations.  Metrics include number of informal and formal partnerships developed, increased participation by SC Forestry Commission personnel in partner organizations, and number of assists to other state agencies.

Resources Needed:   Information about projects that collaborative partners are engaged in, time for SC Forestry Commission personnel to participate in meetings, and funding for personnel to assist other agencies.

 


Strategy 1.4.1:   Partner with the South Carolina Forestry Association (SCFA), American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF), Clemson University, the National Association and Southern Group of State Foresters (NASF, SGSF) and other sister organizations to identify common messages and deliver to targeted audiences.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Information & Education

SC Forestry Association

Conserve Working Forests

potentially ALL

2.1, 2.2

Forest Health

AF & PA

Wildfire Risk

 

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

Forest Management

ACF

Threats to Forest Health

 

 

Resource Development

Clemson University

Water Quality & Quantity

 

 

Executive Leadership

NASF

Community Forestry

 

 

Community Forestry

SGSF

 

 

 

Forest Stewardship

Natural Resource Assoc.

 

 

 

Forest Legacy

Conservation Organizations

 

 

 

Fire Management

 

 

 

 


Strategy 1.4.2:  Improve contacts and communication with local governments.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Information & Education

SC Forestry Association

Conserve Working Forests

potentially ALL

2.1, 2.2

Forest Health

Clemson Extension Service

Wildfire Risk

 

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

Forest Management

Conservation Organizations

Threats to Forest Health

 

 

Resource Development

SC U&CF Council

Water Quality & Quantity

 

 

Executive Leadership

Forest Landowners

Community Forestry

 

 

Community Forestry

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 

Forest Stewardship

USDA Forest Service

 

 

 

Forest Legacy

SC DNR

 

 

 

Fire Management

SC Fire Chief's Assoc.

 

 

 


Strategy 1.4.3:   Increase SCFC personnel participation in landowner associations and other forestry and conservation-related organizations.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Information & Education

SC Forestry Association

Conserve Working Forests

potentially ALL

2.1, 2.2

Forest Health

Clemson Extension Service

Wildfire Risk

 

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

Forest Management

Conservation Organizations

Threats to Forest Health

 

 

Resource Development

SC Urban & Community Forestry Council

Water Quality & Quantity

 

 

Executive Leadership

Forest Landowners

Community Forestry

 

 

Community Forestry

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 

Forest Stewardship

SC DNR

 

 

 

Forest Legacy

 

 

 

 

Fire Management

 

 

 

 


Strategy 1.4.4:  Provide leadership for state agencies to cooperatively provide forest conservation information to landowners in forest management, recreation, wildlife management and wildland/urban interface concerns.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Information & Education

SC Forestry Association

Conserve Working Forests

potentially ALL

2.1, 2.2

Forest Health

Clemson Extension Service

Wildfire Risk

 

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

Forest Management

Conservation Organizations

Threats to Forest Health

 

 

Resource Development

SC Urban & Community Forestry Council

Water Quality & Quantity

 

 

Executive Leadership

Forest Landowners

Community Forestry

 

 

Community Forestry

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 

Forest Stewardship

SC DNR

 

 

 

Forest Legacy

State Land Management Agencies

 

 

 

Fire Management

 

 

 

 


Objective 1.5:   Manage and restore trees and forests to mitigate and adapt to global climate change.

Performance Measures:   Desired outcome is to update SC Forestry Commission Strategic Plan to reflect the best available scientific data for response to the effects of climate change.

Resources Needed:  Accurate and reliable data that quantifies the effects of climate change.

 



Strategy 1.5.1:   Increase tree planting to mitigate the effects of climate change.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Forest Management

USDA Forest Service

Conserve Working Forests

EB 6, 7

2.1, 2.2

Nursery

NRCS

Community Forestry

 

3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.7

Tree Improvement

FSA

 

 

 

Community Forestry

State Land Mgt. Agencies

 

 

 

Forest Health

Clemson Extension Service

 

 

 

Information and Education 

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 

 

SC U&CF Council

 

 

 


Strategy 1.5.2:   Promote forest management and arboriculture practices such as thinning, prescribed burning, and favoring of resistant species to address the increased risk of insect attacks that is predicted due to climate change.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Forest Health

USDA Forest Service

Conserve Working Forests

CWF 6, 7, 8, 10

2.1, 2.2

Forest Management

NRCS

Community Forestry

PF 9, 10, 11

3.4, 3.5, 3.7

Community Forestry

FSA

 

 

 

Information and Education  

State Land Mgt. Agencies

 

 

 

 

Clemson Extension Service

 

 

 

 

Natural Resource Associations

 

 

 


Strategy 1.5.3:   Increase wildfire mitigation efforts, especially in wildland-urban interface areas, to address the increased number and intensity of wildfires that is predicted due to climate change.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Fire Management

SC State Fire Chief's Assoc.

Wildfire Risk

OA 5, 9, 10

2.1

Community Forestry

SC Urban & Community Council

Community Forestry

PF 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

Information & Education

 

 

 

 


Strategy 1.5.4:   Seek additional resources to increase the SC Forestry Commission's capacity to respond to the increased number and intensity of wildfires that is predicted due to climate change.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Fire Management

SC State Fire Chief's Assoc.

Wildfire Risk

PF 1,2,3,4,5, 6, 7, 8

2.1

Executive Leadership

SC EMD

 

OA 10

3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7

Information Technology

SC DHEC

 

 

 

Information and Education  

General Assembly

 

 

 

 

Forest Industry

 

 

 

 

TIMOs and REITs

 

 

 


Strategy 1.5.5:   Increase monitoring of forestland to address the increased threat of invasive species that is predicted due to climate change.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Forest Health

USDA Forest Service

Threats to Forest Health

OA 10, 12

2.2

Forest Management

USDA APHIS

Conserve Working Forests

EB 8,9,10,11,12,13

3.4, 3.5, 3.7

State Forests

State Land Mgt. Agencies

Community Forestry

CWF 3,6,7,8,11

 

Community Forestry

Federal Land Mgt. Agencies

 

PF 11, 13, 15

 

FIA

TMOs and REITs

 

 

 

 Information and Education 

Clemson DPI

 

 

 


Strategy 1.5.6:   Increase the amount of urban canopy cover to mitigate the increased heat island effect and CO2 production that is predicted due to climate change.

National Objectives Supported

SCFC Program Areas

Stakeholders

Priority Areas

Key Findings Supported

1.1, 1.2

Community Forestry

USDA Forest Service

Community Forestry

PF 11, 13, 15

2.2

Information and Education  

SC U&CF Council

 

 

3.4, 3.5, 3.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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