Regional News & Updates


Clemson Extension forestry welcomed Dr. Puskar Khanal to its Extension Forestry faculty in August, 2016.

New Wildland Fire Education Resources Offer Extension More Ways to Get Involved

State Extension units, the Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF) office, and other agencies have several wildland fire resources for use in the southeastern region of the United States with a particular focus on rural wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas.

University of Tennessee Extension Welcomes New Faculty Member

Dr. Sharon Jean-Philippe, leader of the University of Tennessee Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Department's forestry curriculum concentration in Urban Forestry, recently accepted an appointment in Extension along with a promotion to Associate Professor.


Catastrophic wildfires in the United States are not simply a “western problem”. The southeastern US experiences 40% of the nation’s large wildfires, burning approximately 1 million acres a year. The Southeastern Wildland Fire Success Stories available at highlight the successes that communities and organizations in the southeast have had in improving fire resiliency through technology, education and outreach, forest management, collaboration, and more.

November 10 Webinar on Prescribed Fire Use in Urban & Community Forest Management

This webinar will present two southern case studies that have successfully used prescribed fire within city limits. Speakers will outline project goals, ecological objectives, critical partnerships, community outreach and education, technology and training, and lessons learned essential to the success of utilizing prescribed fire in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).

Urban Forestry Video Release: Tree Selection & Placement

The Trees for Energy Conservation eXtension Community of Practice recently released the latest in its series of urban forestry videos: Tree Selection & Placement. The series is composed of six videos that explain how to assess and prepare a site, properly prepare and plant a tree, and avoid soil and root disturbance during construction so maximum energy conservation can be achieved

New Fact Sheet on Littleleaf Disease Released

A new fact sheet outlining the history and causes of littleleaf disease was recently released by the Shortleaf Pine Initiative, the Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species Program (FHIS), and Southern Regional Extension Forestry.


SREF, in partnership with a diverse group of collaborators, recently adapted the National Fire Protection Association's Guide to Fire Adapted Communities for the southeastern United States, adding regional case studies in support of developing fire adapted communities across the Southeast.

Summer Forest Health Extension Training Events with Dr. David Coyle

This summer, SREF Extension Associate Dr. David Coyle made great strides in fostering a cohesive understanding of forest health and invasive species issues among the public, Extension, and forestry professionals as he conducted a series of 3 trainings in as many states: GA, SC, and TX.

New Biomass & Bioenergy Fact Sheets

The office of Southern Regional Extension Forestry in collaboration with North Carolina State University recently published 3 new fact sheets concerning bioenergy and biomass through the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS). The topics are biomass feedstock characteristics, bioenergy policy in the southeastern US, and technologies that produce light, heat, and fuel from biomass feedstocks.

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