Project Background

Clemson University’s Experimental Forest (CEF) is serving as the focus area for the project. CEF is unique in that, unlike other land-grant universities, the experimental forest is located adjacent to Clemson’s main campus. The CEF’s 17,500 acres is a “working forest” dedicated to teaching, research, and outreach in order to better understand and manage forest resources for the benefit of society. These essential resources include clean air, clean water, pleasing aesthetic qualities, abundant wildlife, protection of species and habitat diversity, recreation opportunities, along with commodity products from the forest.

The forest is managed strictly for perpetual sustained or improved yield of these products. The CEF personnel, equipment, supplies, roads, recreation facilities and maintenance are solely supported by revenue generated by the Forest. The CEF is a member of the American Tree Farm System and a licensee under the Sustainable Forest Initiative. The CEF has also been recognized and designated by the Audubon Society as a national and global Important Bird Area.

There is a tremendous need to illustrate to forest landowners (industrial and non-industrial), forest managers, and natural resource professionals (foresters, wildlife biologists, conservationists) wildlife habitat improvement practices that can be integrated into forests managed for timber products. Illustration of these practices is crucial to the adoption and implementation of management activities that improve wildlife habitat on private and public lands, as well as ensuring public support for forest management. It is also important that forest managers understand these practices and their benefits to wildlife, so that they can be implemented to meet SFI guidelines. In addition to demonstrating wildlife habitat improvement practices that are a component of the SFI Standard, there is a need to provide forest managers with research-based information on new and emerging technologies that improve wildlife habitat.

This project's core goal is to demonstrate, as well as research, wildlife habitat improvement practices that can enhance the SFI Standard, and also provide additional modules for SFI members and other forest landowners to improve wildlife habitat. The project is important in helping to improve the implementation of the SFI Standard, as well as maintain and enhance wildlife habitat on private and public forest lands.

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