About SGSF

Mission: Our mission is to provide leadership in sustaining the economic, environmental, and social benefits of the South's forests. We work together to identify and address existing and emerging issues and challenges that are important to southern forests and citizens.

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Who We Are:

The Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF) is a non-profit organization consisting of State Foresters from:

Ex-officio members include the SGSF Executive Director and the following U.S. Forest Service members: Regional Forester for the Southern Region, Deputy Regional Forester for State and Private Forestry for the Southern Region, Director of the Southern Research Station, and Director of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry of the USDA Forest Service. An Executive Committee governs the SGSF.


What We Do:

  • Promote sound forest management practices that utilize the South's vast and diverse forest resources while conserving their unique environmental functions and values.
  • Provide the southern perspective on national issues, policy development, and legislation that affect private forests.
  • Coordinate and facilitate regional consistency on critical activities such as wildfire suppression, water resource protection, insect and disease prevention and suppression, and reforestation.
  • Coordinate state delivery of federally funded forest landowner assistance programs.
  • Advocate adequate funding to support the implementation of state and federally funded forestry programs.
  • Support research that enhances the sustainable management of private forestland.
  • Promote prescribed burning and fire prevention assistance, fire related law enforcement, timber theft investigations, and assistance to volunteer fire departments.
  • Promote programs that improve forest health including prevention, detection and suppression of wildfire, diseases and insect infestations.
  • Provide response and recovery assistance for disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and ice storms.
  • Encourage the development and maintenance of diverse and dynamic markets for forest products.
  • Promote programs and initiatives that encourage the retention and expansion of forestland for public as well as private sector benefits.
  • Interact and collaborate with other agencies and organizations engaged in sustainable forest management.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the collection, analysis, and distribution of information about the status and condition of forestland in the South.
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