Ecological Condition Model for The National Forests in Florida
Authors: Paul Medley
The National Forests in Florida manages 1.2 million acres including 405,000 acres of longleaf pine natural communities. US Forest Service ecologists have developed spatial models to quantify ecological condition of forest upland ecosystems and identify high priority areas for vegetation management activities (e.g., prescribed fire, timber thinning). Model results allow for treatment prioritization to balance restoration vs. maintenance needs and ultimately increase management efficiency.