Forest Carbon and Climate Change in the Southeast Region of the United States
With funding from USDA NIFA, the FCCP and partners have developed educational content on key forest carbon issues and practical management applications in three U.S. regions: Pacific Northwest, Northeastern US, and Southeastern US.
The content developed includes geographically-focused e-learning modules, a blended learning model featuring a virtual field component (Northeast US), and a series of original maps and figures created using spatial analyses & FIA data to illustrate statuses and trends of forest and carbon dynamics within each region. Original maps, figures, and graphics are available for free use with citation and can be downloaded from our Open Resource Library.
This white paper summarizes topics such as forest densities and cover types, carbon storage pools, climate considerations, and adaptive management suggestions for the US Southeast region.
For the purposes of this document, the Southeast region of the United States (US SE) includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Forests in this region are highly productive and supply a significant share of domestic timber. High temperatures and a subtropical climate across much of this range allow trees to develop rapidly.