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The following schedule is from the 72nd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies which was held October 21-24, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. 
Wednesday, October 24 • 9:40am - 10:00am
Wildlife 4 Track: Mapping the South's Forests of the Future

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AUTHORS: Rachel E. Greene, Kristine O. Evans, Michael T. Gray – Mississippi State University; David T. Jones-Farrand, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; William G. Wathen, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

ABSTRACT: Forests in the Southeastern United States hold substantial environmental, economic, and cultural value. Yet up to 23 million acres of forest may be lost in the next 40 years to pressures from changing land use and climate. Southeastern conservation organizations are interested in implementing programs to retain and protect large areas of forest over the next several decades. However, identifying viable areas to target forest conservation on the landscape remains a challenge. We compiled geospatial elements from existing and prioritized areas for forest protection as well as datasets about threats to forest retention (e.g., urbanization), socioeconomic value (e.g., timber) of forests, and where reforestation efforts might be most successful. We developed a region-wide index of forest retention in the Southeastern landscape and maps for years 2030, 2040, 2050, and 2060. We used gap-analysis to identify areas where future forest protection will support biodiversity benefits. Approximately 36 million acres of forestland are currently protected and classified as Very High on our Forest Retention Index (FRI). An additional 161 million acres (~70% of study area currently forested) are highly prioritized, have a low risk of urbanization, and/or a high socio-economic value, and thus classified as High and Moderate-High on FRI. We classified more than 14 million acres as Very Low due to high urbanization risk and loss to sea level rise. Lands in Very Low include some of the most biodiverse areas of the South. This information is presently being used by forest planners to target specific watersheds for forest conservation efforts.

Wednesday October 24, 2018 9:40am - 10:00am
Bon Secour Bay II

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