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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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Editorial Team

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


Fire and Invasive Plant Interactions

Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Prescribed 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.
Released On: 09-18-2022

Planting Southern Pines in Florida

Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

Florida 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.
Released On: 09-18-2022

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

Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Bees 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.
Released On: 06-20-2022

Florida Soil Series and Natural Community Associations

Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Soils often dictate the presence of different types of inherent natural communities. In this project we created a table that relates soil series to natural communities found in Florida. Correlation of soil series and natural communities was performed through the synthesis of land management plans, the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) documentation of exemplary sites, along with the UC Davis Soil Resource Laboratory Soil Web Survey mapping information system (SoilWeb). The GPS coordinates and conservation site names of the selected locations for said soil series are also recorded in this table. Use of this table can help private landowners, land managers, and researchers detect current and former natural communities on sites.
Released On: 06-01-2022

A Landowner’s Introduction to the Forest Carbon Market

Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

In recent years, carbon programs have emerged that allow forest landowners to receive payment for the ecosystem services their forests provide. The primary service of interest is carbon sequestration because it has been deemed one of the solutions to climate change. This publication serves as an introduction to the forest carbon market, how it works, common terminology used, and who some of the key players are.
Released On: 03-30-2022