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School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences

Note: In March 2021, the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) changed its name to the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences (FFGS). Older publications will still use the older name.

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  • Patrick Minogue - Editor
  • Susan Gildersleeve - ICS Editor
  • Red Baker Baker - Chair, Approver


Urban Forest Management: A Primer to Strategic Planning for Municipal Governments—an Introduction

FR458/FOR387by Michael Andreu, Robert Northrop, and Wayne ZippererJanuary 12th, 2023This publication is an introduction to Urban Forest Management: A Primer to Strategic Planning for Municipal Governments, available in full for free here: Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

How Oyster Reefs Can Affect Finfish Recruitment

FA250/FA250by Gabrielle Love, Anna Braswell, Angela B. Collins, and Edward CampDecember 7th, 2022Recruitment is a very important life stage for fish which has direct impacts on size of the whole fish population. During this phase, the mortality juvenile fish experience is affected by their density because of competition for the available resources. How much fish density affects mortality in recruitment is itself affected by many factors, but one of the most important is the structural habitat available to juvenile fish. Structurally complex habitats like oyster reefs are thought to have a particularly strong influence on the recruitment process of certain species. Here we describe the ways that habitat can alter recruitment success. We focus on how oyster reefs affect recruitment of fish in Florida and the particular issues related to management of this important habitat.Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Fire and Invasive Plant Interactions

FR457/FOR386by Deb Stone and Michael AndreuSeptember 18th, 2022Prescribed fire and invasive species are two common land management concerns in Florida; therefore it is important that land managers have a solid understanding of their interactions and how they affect the surrounding ecosystems. These interactions can be roughly categorized into two groups: the effects of the invasive plant on the fire regime and the impacts of fire on the invasive plant or other flora. For this review we chose four invasive species in the southeastern United States that cover a range of interactions with fire: Cogon grass (Imperata cylindrica), Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera), old world climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum), and Japanese climbing fern (L. japonicum). This publication details basic information on each species, what is known about how it interacts with fire, and synthesizes this knowledge into concrete management recommendations.Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Planting Southern Pines in Florida

FR456/FOR385by Elysia Lewis, Michael Andreu, and Chris DemersSeptember 18th, 2022Florida landowners have contributed vastly to the Southeast’s planting of pines over many decades; recent incentive programs across the state have encouraged further interest. Understanding the factors that affect seedling quality and survival of native pine species will assure a more successful and productive forest plantation. This publication reviews each southern pine's important silviculture characteristics, soil-site conditions, and potential markets and products. It outlines planting standards and techniques as they relate to landowners’ objectives and their target markets. It is to be used as a guide to facilitate selection of appropriate pine species and offers guidance on best practices for handling seedlings throughout all stages of tree planting.Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

Bees and Fire: How does Fire in Longleaf Pine Savannas Affect Bee Communities?

FR454/FOR383by Nicole Mitchell, Sarah Anderson Weaver, and Raelene M. CrandallJune 20th, 2022Bees are efficient pollinators known to be key components of healthy forests. Thus, bees are often used as indicators of community response to restoration and disturbances, including fire. In longleaf pine savannas, the open canopies and floral resources that increase bee diversity and abundance are promoted by applying frequent, patchy prescribed fires. This publication is aimed to help fire and natural resource managers, landowners, and interested citizens learn more about the benefits of using fire to promote bee diversity in longleaf pine savannas.Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment