The Southern Region
annually submits funding requests to the Chief for projects designed to
develop, improve, transfer or demonstrate new forest health protection
technology, pesticide assessments, or forest health monitoring projects.
Below is a brief synopsis of the funding opportunities and is followed
by tables showing lists of Southern Region projects.
The Special Technology Development Project (STDP) Program was established
to accelerate the transfer of research findings into practical uses that
contribute to fulfilling FHP program goals.
Projects contribute to FHP's ability to:
- Provide forest
health protection for all lands
- Anticipate and
respond to new or increasing forest health risks and threats
- Prevent, detect,
and manage non-indigenous pest infestations
- Manage damaging
native pest infestations (prevention and suppression)
In any science-based
discipline, theory and research are building blocks for progress and growth.
But without real-world application the benefits of research are not realized.
Nationally over 200 projects have been funded since fiscal year 1990.
The range of projects includes risk assessments, semiochemical evaluations,
demonstrations of integrated pest management techniques, simulation and
visualization models of insect and pathogen impacts, development of pest
control techniques, and evaluation of the effects of management tools
such as prescribed burning, spraying, and thinning.
Pest Trend-Impact Plot Systems (PTIPS) is a series of permanent
plots for the purpose of data collection and monitoring of pest trends,
behavior and impacts in diverse forest types and a variety of environmental
conditions over time.
PTIPS was initiated
in the West, so the majority of plots are located throughout Regions 1-6
and 10. In the past few years the program has grown to include the south
and northeastern area.
The Forest Service Pesticide Impact Assessment Program (FSPIAP)
sponsors studies of the benefits and risks of pesticides registered by
the US Environmental Protection Agency for use in forest and rangeland
management. FSPIAP studies are designed to fill in data gaps for pesticide
The Evaluation Monitoring (EM) project component of the Forest
Health Monitoring program is designed to determine the extent, severity,
and causes of undesirable changes in forest health identified through
Detection Monitoring (DM) and other means. The need for EM projects arises
when significant forest health changes or trends are found in DM. EM also
provides additional information about forest health improvements such
as improved plant vigor resulting from air pollution abatement.
Base EM Projects: The purpose of a Base Evaluation Monitoring project
is to investigate issues or concerns identified in the Detection Monitoring
phase of FHM. Proposed projects are one to three years in duration and
help explain the extent, severity, and/or cause of a phenomenon observed
during Detection Monitoring.
Fire Plan EM Projects: The purpose of a Fire Plan Evaluation Monitoring
project is to investigate and explain the extent, severity, and/or cause
of a fire-related phenomenon observed in Detection Monitoring. General
target areas include: risk reduction, fuel loading, ecological impacts
of fires, invasive species, and restoration or fire-damaged ecosystems.