Regional Foresters Award Fiscal Year 2022

It is a tradition to every year have the Regional Foresters award to recognized the individuals/groups in their outstanding accomplishments, hard work, resilience, and innovation throughout the Southern Region. This year the achievements these awardees performed serves as another example the exemplary work our employees and partners contribute to make the Southern Region thrive. 

Ghost forests haunt the Southern Atlantic Coast

Who’s looking out for ghost forests? The USDA Forest Service’s Southern Region Forest Health Monitoring Program is.

“A ghost forest is an area of standing dead trees where live trees are mostly absent,” said Chris Asaro, Forest Health Monitoring program manager. “A variety of environmental disturbances lead to the development of a ghost forest.  Along coastlines, they can be tied to climate change and sea level rise and represent areas that can never be reforested.”

Forest Service Southern Region honors respected Trail of Tears researcher

The USDA Forest Service’s Southern Region presented an award to a longtime partner at the National Trail of Tears Conference and Symposium last month in Cherokee, North Carolina.

The recipient, Brett Riggs, is the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University. His studies of removal-era Cherokee archaeology and documentary sources have guided the expansion and interpretation of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Community coalition provides fire prevention education in Southern Appalachians

A collaborative group comprised of private landowners and resource conservation and development councils recently provided fire prevention education to residents across the Southern Appalachian region. Funding for these education projects is made possible by a grant from the USDA Forest Service, State & Private Forestry, through the Georgia Forestry Commission. The grants have benefited those in more than 75 counties across Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. 

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 9-15. This week is set aside to raise fire safety awareness and help ensure your home and family is protected.

Southern Towns Seek to Boost Outdoor Recreation and Revitalize Main Streets

Eight southern towns received a boost in efforts to grow their outdoor recreation economies and revitalize Main Streets, thanks to funding from the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities program, a joint effort between the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Northern Border Regional Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Smoke modeling tools reduce impacts to communities

Prescribed fire is a critical land management tool that keeps our forests healthy, but sometimes results in smoke in some communities.

2021 Regional Forester's Honor Awards: Together We Rise

This year's recipients are being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments, hard work, resilience and innovation throughout the Southern Region.

Pandapas Pond Project: GAOA in Action!

The Pandapas Pond Project on the George Washington Jefferson is one of the first Great American Outdoors Act projects to be completed in Region 8. Read more about this exciting project!

Longleaf Pine’s Importance to H2O

Did you know that forested watersheds provide nearly two-thirds of the freshwater in the United States? Healthy, well-managed forests provide the cleanest water of any land use and help keep drinking water safe, reliable, and affordable. Learn more about how Longleaf pines play a part in providing that water to everyone!

Partnership with Choctaw Nation could help reduce forest fuels

A 30-year partnership between the USDA Forest Service and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is poised to create what they believe is the first-ever tribal wildland fire module, which is a crew that manages prescribed fire and responds to wildfires.

“There are about 60 wildland fire modules throughout the nation within the federal system, but this would be the first managed directly by a tribal nation,” said Tom Lowry, senior director of natural resources for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.