Southern Group of State Foresters and Southern Research Station State Line Meetings

Goal of State Line meetings: To develop or expand potential cooperation and support between our organizations by sharing current and future research projects; identifying areas of cooperation and needs; discuss forest management related issues and concerns, and way that SRS can assist state managers in clarifying, understanding, and resolving these issues, to the extent possible.

Stateline Meeting History

States Date Location
North Carolina and Virginia February 2012 Haw River State Park, NC
Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas August 2012 Grapevine, TX
Kentucky and Tennessee May 2013 Bowling Green, KY
Louisiana and Mississippi April 2014 Natchez, MS
South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia August 2014 Greensboro, NC
Alabama, Georgia, Florida Sept 2014 Tallahassee/Tall Timbers, FL
Topic: Genetics in Forest Restoration June 2015 Hot Springs, AR
Topic: TX-OK Mid-South August 2015 – December 2017 Texas, Oklahoma
Kentucky and Tennessee October 2016 Frankfort, KY
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama August 2017 Biloxi, MS
Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma February 2018 Oklahoma City, OK

Latest Meeting

Texas-Oklahoma-Arkansas State Line meeting – February 2018

Topics and key Outcomes:

Mid-South Projections: Update on forest product observations

FIA data can be used to monitor movement of species due to climate change.  SRS and FIA shared recently published information that has been published on this topic.

SGSF Committee: FIA
SRS Point(s) of Contact: Bill Burkman

Water: Use in a changing landscape

The SGSF Water Resources Committee will help facilitate a roll-out of the work being led by Pete Caldwell, Research Hydrologist at Coweeta Hydrologic Lab, which will communicate the value of water from state and private forest lands.

SGSF Committee: Water Resources
SRS Point(s) of Contact: Chelcy Miniat and Pete Caldwell

Smoke Management

PB Piedmont available now online

SGSF Committee: Fire Chiefs, Communications
SRS Point(s) of Contact: Stephanie Laseter and Scott Goodrick

Economic and ecological impacts of Southern Pine Beetle and status of current outbreak

John Nowak demonstrated a new remote sensing product (via GTAC) that helps identify SPB spots via aerial photography.

SGSF Committee: Forest Health

Invasive Species

Rima Lucardi provided Information about Cogongrass control and Rx for Eradication

SGSF Committee: Forest Health
SRS Point(s) of Contact: Rima Lucardi