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    Description

    The Southern Forest Resource Assessment (SFRA) was initiated in spring 1999 to address broad questions concerning the status, trends, and likely future of southern forests. A descriptive assessment such as SFRA can be used to highlight the major dynamics and uncertainties at play within a region's forested ecosystems, thereby focusing public discourse. Because SFRA has only recently been completed, however, it is too early to examine its effectiveness as a basis for debate and policy. This summary describes five major forces of change affecting southern forests and then characterizes the trends in various forest conditions and their implications.

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    Citation

    Wear, David N.; Greis, John G. 2002. Southern Forest Resource Assessment - Summary of Findings. Journal of Forestry, Vol. 100, No.7, October/November 2002.

    Keywords

    future of forestry, inventory and analysis, sustainable forestry, timber markets

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