The Southern Regional Extension Forestry Office facilitates programming among professionals who work on many issues and opportunities facing the forestry and natural resources communities, including climate change.
PINEMAP integrates research, extension, and education to enable southern pine landowners to manage forests to increase carbon sequestration; increase efficiency of nitrogen and other fertilizer inputs; and adapt forest management approaches to increase forest resilience and sustainability under variable climates.
U.S. forests play a large role in offsetting carbon emissions, about 20 % of the U.S. fossil fuel carbon output. If a forest replaces itself after a disturbance like fire, then there is no long-term loss of carbon.
TACCIMO is a web-based information delivery tool that connects climate change science with forest management and planning needs. Science content in TACCIMO consists of quotations from peer-reviewed climate change literature and geospatial projections of future climate and resulting changes in ecosystems. USFS forest plan components are included to connect science with planning language.
The Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) is a web-based tool and information service that provides science to support integration of climate change science into land management planning.
The Climate Change Atlases can help to answer a range of questions concerning current and projected suitable habitat (year 2100) for 134 tree species and 147 bird species in the eastern U.S.
The Climate Change Atlases can be used to examine the current distribution of tree and bird habitats in the eastern United States, and how tree and bird distribution might change in response to different climate scenarios.
We are exploring how summer stream temperatures influence fish and crayfish distributions in Mississippi and establishing long-term stream temperature recording sites. A focal species for the study is the Yazoo darter, a small, warmwater fish endemic to north-central Mississippi. This species appears to be restricted to stream segments with high groundwater discharge, and we are investigating whether the species' apparent groundwater dependence is due to temperature influences of groundwater.
We are exploring how summer stream temperatures influence fish and crayfish distributions in Mississippi and establishing long-term stream temperature recording sites. We placed an array of 60 temperature recorders in groundwater and non-groundwater influenced stream sites throughout the Little Tallahatchie River drainage, Holly Springs National Forest, in 2011. Sites were chosen to capture the range of temperatures where Yazoo darters occur and do not occur. The Yazoo darter is a small, warmwater fish endemic to north-central Mississippi. Many remaining populations are small and isolated by reservoirs, channelized rivers, or road crossings. The species appears to be restricted to stream segments with high groundwater discharge. We are investigating whether or not the species' apparent groundwater dependence is due to temperature influences of groundwater. In addition, we will explore correlations between water temperatures and fish and crayfish community composition. We established long-term temperature monitoring sites in streams with and without strong groundwater influences. In 2012, we will expand the study to a neighboring drainage and will sample fish and crayfish communities.
We will determine if high summer stream temperatures currently limit Yazoo darter distributions. We will identify correlations, if any exist, between stream temperatures and warmwaterfish and crayfish distributions. We will build a long-term temperature record for stream temperatures in wadeable, warmwater streams that will allow us to explore questions about how climate change is likely to influence warmwater, non-game fauna.