Forest Assessment

South Carolina's
Forest Resource Assessment
and Resource Strategy
(Forest Action Plan)

Assessment & Strategy Getting Involved
BackgroundProject Calendar
Project ScopeSupport Documents & Links
Process Overview & Project Goal Steering Committee

South Carolina's Statewide Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy (Forest Action Plan)

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Executive Summary, Introduction and Acknowledgements

Overarching Issues

Conserving South Carolina’s Working Forests

Protecting South Carolina’s Forests From Harm

Enhancing the Benefits of South Carolina’s Trees and Forests



In 2008, the USDA Forest Service implemented a “Redesigned” State and Private Forestry (S&PF) program. The S&PF Redesign effort was conceived in response to the combined impacts of increasing pressures on our nation’s forests and decreasing S&PF resources and funds. Significant threats to forests, such as insect and disease infestations, catastrophic fire, and the loss of critical forested landscapes to development, coupled with the pressure placed on local economies by the increasingly global nature of the forest products industry, pointed to the need for more progressive strategies for conserving our nation’s forest resource.

Under Redesign, each state is required to analyze forest conditions and trends in the state and delineate priority rural and urban forest landscape areas. From this assessment, a statewide forest resource strategy will be developed as the basis for formulating competitive proposals for S&PF funds.

The three S&PF National Themes are:

In South Carolina, the SC Forestry Commission is the state agency that will lead the process of the development of the assessment and resource strategy. 



To ensure that federal and state resources are being focused on important landscape areas with the greatest opportunity to address shared management priorities and achieve meaningful outcomes, the SC Forestry Commission will work collaboratively with key partners and stakeholders to develop a statewide assessment of the forest resources. The statewide assessment should provide a comprehensive analysis of the forest-related conditions, trends, threats, and opportunities within the state. At a minimum, the statewide assessment will:



The Goal of this project is to produce:



See information at the top of this page regarding Forestry Commission efforts at soliciting public input in this process.

If you would like to receive updates, please provide us with your contact information by sending us an Email. Please put Forest Resource Assessment in the subject line and include your e-mail address in the body.  If you do not receive a reply within 5 business days, please contact us by phone at 803-896-8800 with your request.



Project Timeline (pdf)

Calendar of Events

April 28, 2010 – Stakeholders Meeting

June 18, 2010 – Complete State Assessment and Resource Strategy




State Assessments and Strategies and Appendices

Resource Strategy Outline (pdf)

State & Private Forestry Redesign – National Themes

State & Private Forestry Redesign – National Outcomes and Objectives

Web Sites

State Assessment and Strategy Resource Center

FSGeodata Clearinghouse

National Resource Inventory, USDA NRCS

Forest Inventory & Analysis Data

Southern Forest Futures Project

Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment

Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy for South Carolina

USFS Environmental Threat Assessment

Steering Committee

Russell Hubright, Forest Management Chief, SC Forestry Commission
Joel Felder, Deputy State Forester, SC Forestry Commission
Liz Gilland, Urban Forestry Coordinator, SC Forestry Commission
Scott Phillips, Reforestation/Stewardship Coordinator, SC Forestry Commission
Paul Watts, Fire Chief, SC Forestry Commission
Guy Sabin, Environmental Program Manager, SC Forestry Commission
Scott Hawkins, Public Information Director, SC Forestry Commission
Jeff Baumann, Technology Division Director, SC Forestry Commission
Emily Cope, Forest Legacy Coordinator, SC Department of Natural Resources
Judy Barnes, Farm Bill/Ag Liaison, SC Department of Natural Resources

Contractor:  Office of Human Resources
                        Nathan Strong, Project Manager
            - this group will help facilitate steering committee and stakeholder meetings, coordinate public surveys, and edit the assessment and strategy reports

Aiken Land Conservancy
American Forest Foundation
American Tree Farm System - SC
Army Corps of Engineers
Association of Consulting Foresters
Beaufort County Open Land Trust
Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Government
Black Creek Land Trust
Bureau of Land Management
Catawba Indian Nation
Catawba Regional Planning Council
Central Midlands Council of Government
Clemson Extension Service
Clemson University
Coastal Conservation League
Community Open Land Trust
Congaree Land Trust
Conservation Voters of SC
Ducks Unlimited
Edisto Island Land Trust
Environmental Defense Fund
Foresters Council
Hilton Head Island Land Trust
Katawba Valley Land Trust
Longleaf Alliance
Lowcountry Open Land Trust
Lower Savannah Council of Government
Municipal Association of South Carolina
Nation Ford Land Trust
National Arbor Day Foundation
National Audubon Society
National Park Service
National Rifle Association
National Wild Turkey Federation
National Wildlife Federation
Naturaland Trust
Palmetto Agribusiness Council
Palmetto Conservation Foundation
Palmetto Conservation Foundation
Partnership for the Blue Ridge
Pee Dee Land Trust
Pee Dee Regional Council of Government
Quail Unlimited
S.C. Appalachian Council of Government
Santee Indian Organization
Santee Lynches Council of Government
SC  Department of Health & Environmental Control
SC  Department of Natural Resources
SC American Planning Association
SC Association of Conservation Districts
SC Association of Counties
SC Association of Realtors
SC Camo Coalition
SC Chamber of Commerce
SC Conservation Bank
SC Department of Agriculture
SC Farm Bureau
SC Forestry Association
SC Home Builders Association
SC Land Trust Network
SC Landscape & Turfgrass Association
SC Native Plant Society
SC Nursery & Landscape Association
SC Prescribed Fire Council
SC Sportsmen's Association
SC State Park Service
SC Timber Producers Assoc.
SC Tourism Council
SC Tree Farm Committee
SC Urban & Community Forestry Council
SC Wildlife Federation
SFI Committee
Sierra Club
Stewardship Coordinating Committee
Strom Thurmond Institute - Jim Self Center
Sustaining Family Forests
The Conservation Fund
The Land Trust Alliance
The Nature Conservancy
Trout Unlimited
Trust for Public Land
Upper Savannah Council of Government
Upstate Forever
Urban Land Institute
US Fish & Wildlife Service
USDA Farm Services Agency
USDA Forest Service
Waccamaw Regional Planning & Development Council
Wildlife Action, Inc.



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