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The goal of the Southern Regional Extension Forestry Office is to identify, prescribe, and implement a mix of education and technical services that increase the efficiency of forestry programs in the southern United States.


The Southern Regional Extension Forestry Office facilitates programming among professionals who work on the following issues and opportunities facing the forestry and natural resources communities:

  • Timber markets
  • Biomass and bioenergy opportunities
  • Tools & technologies
  • Climate change
  • Property rights
  • Urban/wildland and forest fragmentation
  • Wildlife protection and enhancement
  • Capital gains and estate planning
  • Forest health
  • Water quality
  • Timber supply and industry mergers and acquisitions
  • Forestland certification
  • Sustainable forestry
  • Animal and municipal waste options on forestlands
  • Conservation and youth education
  • Forest-based economic development and alternative forestland enterprises

Goals & Objectives

The office provides professional assistance in many forms, including accomplishment of the following goals and objectives:

  • Improved communication and cooperation between Extension and other organizations interested in the management of the Region's forests
  • Assessment of technology transfer, information dissemination, and educational programming needs of the forest resource professional and private landowner
  • Facilitation of the development of educational materials directed at regional audiences
  • Encouragement, where possible, of multi-state and regional cooperation,collaboration, and coordination of programs and activities
  • Initiation, planning, and participation in educational and technology transfer activities in response to needs assessments
  • Special projects relevant to the goals and objectives of the office
  • Acquisition of resources for regional programming


In 1979, the thirteen Southern 1862 Land-Grant institutions and the USDA Forest Service signed a cooperative agreement creating the Southern Regional Extension Forester position to serve as a liason role between the USDA Forest Service and the thirteen Extension Forest Resources units in the South. The position has evolved into a regional programming, representation, promotion,and communication role within the forestry and natural resource communities regionally and nationally.

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