Forest Management

Longleaf Pine ARRA Grant
Grant Components

Public Lands Management

The goal of this set of activities is to increase the acreage and improve the condition of longleaf pine forests on state- or locally-owned public lands; federal public lands are excluded from the scope.  Activities will include longleaf pine establishment on lands not currently supporting longleaf pine, to include site preparation and tree planting; native understory establishment and enhancement; prescribed burning; midstory reduction and intermediate stand improvement treatments; and invasive species control.  

Within this activity category, SC Forestry Commission will focus use of grant funds on:

Expected accomplishments for this set of activities are:

 

Performance Measure

Expected Accomplishment

Acres of longleaf pine established on public land

500

Acres of longleaf pine understory establishment/improvement on public land

100

Acres longleaf pine prescribed burned on public land

5,500

Acres of longleaf pine with midstory reduction or stand improvement treatments on public lands

1,800

Acres of longleaf pine treated for invasive species on public land

70

Total acres of longleaf pine established or improved on public land 

7,970

 

Accomplishments – as of May 1, 2011

Acres of longleaf pine established on public land 1927
Acres of longleaf pine understory established/improved 0
Acres of longleaf pine prescribed burned on public land 9,606
Acres of longleaf pine with midstory reduction or stand improvement 4,039
Acres of longleaf pine treated for invasive species  0
Total acres of longleaf pine established or improved on public land 15,572

Jobs Created      Number of Jobs
Equipment Operator at Sand Hills State Forest (grant employee) 1
Equipment Operator at Manchester State Forest (grant employee) 1

 



Private Lands Management

This set of activities is designed to provide longleaf pine restoration and management on privately-owned forest lands.   The Forestry Commission is accomplishing this work by offering incentive payments to private landowners for site preparation, tree planting, prescribed burning, and hardwood control practices.  Through signups held during the Fall of 2009, all of the funds allocated to this aspect of the Longleaf Restoration Initiative were allocated.  Private landowners interested in longleaf restoration can sign up for the Forest Renewal Program by contacting their local project forester.

Within this activity category, SC Forestry Commission will focus use of grant funds on:

 

Expected accomplishments for this set of activities are:


Performance Measure

Expected Accomplishment

Acres of longleaf pine established on private land

775

Acres of longleaf pine prescribed burned on private land

6,000

Acres of longleaf pine with midstory reduction or stand improvement treatments on private land

1,500

Total acres of longleaf pine established or improved on private land 

8,275

 

Accomplishments – as of May 1, 2011

Acres of longleaf pine established on private land 1,147
Acres of longleaf pine prescribed burned on private land  2,652
Acres of longleaf pine with midstory reduction or stand improvement 858
Total acres of longleaf pine established or improved on private land 4,657

 



Plant Materials Capacity

This set of activities involves increasing the availability of longleaf pine seed, seedlings, and associated understory plant materials for use in restoration work.  These resources are currently limiting potential for this work.  Activities will include enhancing areas for cone collection; collecting, processing, and storing seeds; expanding nursery capacity; and planting, tending, and processing seedlings to provide these plant materials to facilitate longleaf pine restoration efforts.

Within this activity category, SC Forestry Commission will focus use of grant funds on:

Expected accomplishments for this set of activities are:


Performance Measure

Expected Accomplishment

Acres improved for longleaf pine cone collection (including seed orchards)

30

Pounds of longleaf pine seed collected and/or processed

3,500

Increase in nursery capacity for producing longleaf pine seedlings (number of seedlings)

500,000

Number of longleaf pine seedlings produced

500,000

 

Accomplishments – as of May 1, 2011

Acres improved for longleaf pine cone collection 0
Pounds of longleaf pine seed collected and processed   3,556
Increase in nursery capacity for producing longleaf seedlings 750,000
Number of longleaf pine seedlings produced 1,600,000

 

Jobs Created Number of Jobs
Hired contractor to collect cones at Sand Hills State Forest 4
Hired temporary workers to process cones 1
Total 5

 



Planning

This set of activities involves ensuring that program activities are implemented strategically and are integrated with efforts of other longleaf restoration partners.  Activities will involve inventories and assessments to determine restoration needs, managing related data in databases and GIS, coordinating and prioritizing implementation of activities, and coordinating and supporting start-up of local planning teams.

Within this activity category, SC Forestry Commission will focus use grant funds to:

No quantitative performance measures are established for this set of activities. 

 

Accomplishments – as of May 1, 2011

Jobs Created Number of Jobs
Hired administrative specialist to oversee grant recordkeeping  1



Education and Outreach

This set of activities involves educating the public and program staff about values, opportunities, and methods of longleaf pine restoration.  Activities will include producing and supporting training sessions for staff, forestry consultants, and landowners; as well as  production and distribution of educational materials, and outreach through mass media to raise public awareness.

Within this activity category, SC Forestry Commission will focus use grant funds to:

Expected accomplishments for this set of activities are:


Performance Measure

Expected Accomplishment

Number of educational or training sessions focused on longleaf pine restoration or management supported

12

Number of forestry professionals educated in longleaf pine restoration or management at formal training sessions

45

Number of private landowners educated in longleaf pine restoration or management at formal training sessions

250

Number of educational items (brochures, CDs, etc.) focused on longleaf pine restoration or management produced and distributed.

5,000

Accomplishments - as of May 1, 2011


Longleaf Pine ARRA / Forest Management