Fly-By Forestry Takes Off

LOC7“As they formulate ways to protect endangered woodlands and rehabilitate ones already lost, scientists and governments need detailed information on the structures and vulnerabilities of forests around the world. Traditional ground-based surveys lack sufficient scope, so scientists are turning to another way to take the measure of the trees: light detection and ranging, or LiDAR, remote-imaging technology.

Remote laser imaging can measure the health and density of forests, allowing scientists to observe large swaths of vital ecosystems all at once.”

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Clabby, Catherine.  2015 Jan.  Fly-By Forestry Takes Off. American Scientist Jan-Feb 2015:


Leaves of Change Issue 17: Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Climate Change in the Southeast

In this issue of Leaves of Change you will learn about a recent SRS-4952 research project published in the book, International Perspectives on Climate Change,  that focused on how people’s views of climate change are influenced by factors such as political and religious affiliation, race and ethnicity, economic status, environmental context, media exposure, and sense of community and place. The project broke from the broad-scale surveys that dominate most descriptions of attitudes towards climate change by using qualitative methods, interviews and focus groups, to explore the beliefs of specific communities in detail.

You will also learn about the Proctor Creek Watershed Urban Waters Project and Camp Kids in the Woods.

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Double Jeopardy: Mapping Social Vulnerability and Climate Change in Georgia

In this issue of our Leaves of Change newsletter you will learn about a recent study in Georgia that addressed two key questions: Will the physical effects of climate change be more apparent in some areas? Will certain populations and communities be affected more than others? You will also learn about the Centers’ recent training and outreach activities, recommended resources, and upcoming events related to urban and interface forestry.

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New Changing Roles Materials Available

Module-5-smallThe Changing Roles Professional Development Program provides state and federal natural resource agencies and partner organizations with a set of flexible resources to conduct their own training programs, aimed toward building skills and tools to successfully tackle WUI issues. Materials include trainer’s guides, exercises, fact sheets, case studies, DVDs, and presentations. The original four module topics include: (1) Wildland-Urban Interface Issues and Connections; (2) Managing Interface Forests; (3) Land-Use Planning and Policy; (4) Communicating with Interface Residents and Leaders.
We recently added a fifth module that addresses a range of emerging issues in the wildland-urban interface and strategies for addressing them, including topics such as climate change, firewood movement, interface entrepreneurs, succession planning, ecosystem services, environmental justice, partnerships, and the benefits of outdoor activity for children.  A few of the materials in this module are still in development, so check back later for more. To view these new module materials click here.

New Changing Roles Materials Available

The Changing Roles Professional Development program provides natural resource agencies and other organizations with a set of flexible resources for building the knowledge and tools required to address wildland-urban interface issues. Our newest module addresses emerging issues, such as climate change, ecosystem services, environmental justice, interface entrepreneurs, and succession planning. This new module includes fact sheets, exercises, Powerpoint presentations, and case studies. Additional fact sheets and exercises will be added in the future. To view this module visit:

2013 Changing Roles Leadership Award Nomination

The Southern Wildland-Urban Interface Council (SWUIC) is pleased to invite nominations for the third annual Changing Roles Leadership Award.  The Changing Roles Professional Development Program helps resource professionals learn and apply knowledge and skills to meet evolving needs in the complex context of the wildland-urban interface.  As the landscape and our clientele change in urbanizing areas, so does the role of natural resource management agencies.  The Changing Roles Leadership Award recognizes and honors a person embracing this change and demonstrating leadership in the Changing Roles Program ideals.  Please consider nominating individuals who are making significant contributions to the following:

·      Interface forest management (ie. small parcels)

·      Land-use decision making processes

·      Effective communication with interface residents and community leaders

·      Emerging resource management issues in the interface such as ecosystem services, succession planning, climate change, or environmental justice.

This award will be presented by the SWUIC at the Southern Group of State Foresters meeting in Savannah, Georgia. Click Nomination Form Changing Roles Leadership Award 2013 to nominate for the 2013 Changing Roles Leadership Award. The deadline to turn in the nomination forms is March 8, 2013. Please contact InterfaceSouth with any questions or nominations for this important award.

Annie Hermansen-Baez

USDA Forest Service

PO Box 110806

Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: (352) 376-3271

Fax: (352) 376-4536