SFC and WEA Discuss Landscape Management Plans in the Southeast at Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Annual Meeting

 

The 2019 Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Annual Meeting was held this week in Knoxville, Tennessee.  TFA and the Tennessee Tree Farm Program asked Austin Carroll to speak on behalf of Southern Forestry Consultants (SFC) and Wiregrass Ecological Associates (WEA) regarding ongoing landscape management planning efforts in the Southeast and implications for the upcoming Tennessee plan. Mr. Carroll, a Registered Forester who led the development of the initial American Tree Farm System (ATFS) Landscape Management Plan (LMP), has led the creation of state-wide LMPs in Arkansas, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Florida.   SFC and WEA will continue to lead the creation of these plans during 2020 in Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia.

LMPs are currently being developed and utilized in numerous states as a tool to help navigate one of the biggest barriers to landowner forest certification, the management plan itself. The SFC/WEA team are developing this innovative tool to meet standards for both ATFS and the Forest Stewardship Program.  Additionally, these LMPs are designed to strengthen the critical bond between a landowner and their natural resource professional, which research indicates leads to active forest management. Mr. Carroll presented on lessons learned during the development of LMPs throughout the Southeast and how those lessons will help in the development of Tennessee’s LMP.

 

###

The Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) serves as “The Voice of Forestry” in Tennessee. TFA is a private, non-profit organization primarily funded through membership dues. It began more than 50 years ago under the name of “Keep Tennessee Green” and was organized to assist in reducing the tremendous toll taken by forest fires each year throughout the state. TFA continues to work with state and national government agencies to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the forests of Tennessee through a diversity of public relations, government, and educational programs.

Check out the fresh round of enhancements and updates for Prism!

Part of Redefining Forest Technology is continuous improvement based on your feedback.  With Prism, we’re planning for the next 20 years of forest technology by ensuring the Prism solution is up to date, and always getting better.

Hopefully you have picked up on changes in the Prism mobile and web application including :

  • Faster grid creation across multiple stand polygons.
  • Chains as a preferred unit of measurement for plot grids.
  • Your last grid settings are saved for next time.
  • Point sampling (variable radius) plot volumes now computed in the stand stock report.
  • Minor user interface changes and fixes.

See some of these updates in action on the Prism page here.

Prism is an integrated forest technology we offer to forestry and natural resource professionals all over the Southeast.  Prism reduces the hidden costs of cruising and inventory management through Automated, Map-Centric Cruising.

Prism updates are seamless – they automatically show up in the web app and mobile apps if you have automatic updates on.