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Welcome to Urban Forestry South

Urban Forestry South and its sister center, InterfaceSouth, are the science delivery centers of the Southern Research Station research work unit SRS-4952: Integrating Human and Natural Systems in Urban and Urbanizing Environments.  They are jointly referred to as the Centers for Urban and Interface Forestry.

Urban Forestry South focuses on technology and information that supports urban forest management, tree health, tree biology, and the measurement of ecosystem benefits derived from trees in urban settings.

We address issues important in the South that have national impact. These include: disaster preparedness, response and recovery, urban forest inventory for long-term monitoring of ecosystem services, green infrastructure design and management at the landscape scale, and the role urban trees play within that green infrastructure framework.

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Recent Updates: Urban Forest Sustainability & Management Review Nov 09, 2015

Since its development at Agnes Scott College in 2014, the urban forest sustainability and management review (UFSMR) system continues to evolve and expand.  Updates have been made to reflect use in Raleigh (NC) and Austin (TX), and at U&CF Coordinator meetings in Mobile (AL) and Charleston (SC).  The most recent versions of documents and tools can be found at these links:

[23Feb17 Austin]


Coastal Green Stormwater Infratructure: Wetlands in Wilmington Oct 27, 2015

NC stormwater managers evaluate wetlands in coastal watersheds.  As reported in the Journal of Environmental Quality, "eight storms [were monitored] and showed that the Wade Park Wetland retained and/or removed 50 to 75% of the inflowing volume of runoff. The average load reduction for fecal coliform bacteria was 99%, with an overall concentration reduction of more than 90%".  Additional studies look at wet detention pollution removal rates.


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FEMA Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG)

The April 2017 Public Assistance guide that supersedes the FEMA 325 Debris Management Guide Read More...


LEAF Summit - UCF Focus Perspective and Human Health

USDA FS national approach to interpreting and using urban forest research (the national technology & science delivery team) – with trees and human health as the focus. Read More...


Urban Forest and Human Health Links and Discussion

A selected list of links of the relationship between human health and urban green Read More...


Urban Forest Sustainability and Management Review - Discovery Catagory Matrix

This is a PDF of the table for summarizing document discovery by category and element. Provides a visual "gap" analysis across the review/audit spectrum of evaluation. Read More...


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