Regional News & Updates

Southern Regional Extension Forestry Awards 2016-2017

The results of the 2016-2017 Southern Regional Extension Forestry Awards for Excellence. 24 projects with 62 unique project contributors were honored with gold, silver, and bronze awards based on votes from Extension peers.

SREF's Forest Health Program Releases Fact Sheets on Chinese Tallowtree and Laurel Wilt
NC Extension Agents Attend Timely Workshop on Wildland Fire

Extension professionals attended a workshop on wildfire prevention and mitigation organized by SREF and NCSU Cooperative Extension during NC State Extension Conference in Raleigh, NC.


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

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Southern Regional Extension Forestry 2020 Annual Report

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