We provide leadership in sustaining the economic, environmental and social benefits of the South's forests, and work to identify and address existing and emerging issues and challenges that are important to southern forests and citizens.
We use extensive research, in-depth analysis, and cutting-edge technology to develop systems to assess and analyze forest resources, such as Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment and Southern Forest Land Assessment. These proactive tools enable users - whether they are landowners, legislators or community decision makers - to make more informed decisions.
UN Global Forest Goals Report 2021
The United Nations (UN) has released its five-year flagship report on where the world stands in its implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2030. This document showcases several southern-led programs including Urban Forest Strike Teams (page 34), Best Management Practices for water quality (page 79) and the Keeping Forests initiative (page 81).
Forest Certification Report Update
The 2021 update to the SGSF Forest Certification Programs: Status and Recommendations in the South report is now available. The purpose of this publication is to describe current major forest certification programs operating in the United States and highlight specific aspects of each and their impact on southern forest management systems.