Objectives

1. Demonstrate silvicultural and innovative land management practices that improve wildlife habitat in forests managed for timber products to private forest landowners (industrial and non-industrial), forest managers, other natural resource professionals, and the community; especially those practices that are a part of, or could be added to, the SFI Program.

Activities to Accomplish Objective:

  • Establish forest stand & landscape level wildlife habitat improvements.

Objective Metric(s):

  • Minimum of 20 demonstrations successfully established on the CEF.

2. Monitor, evaluate, and refine demonstration practices for their value in providing wildlife habitat in managed forests.

Activities to Accomplish Objective:

  • Develop and implement a wildlife habitat monitoring protocol for monitoring and evaluating the effects of demonstration practices on wildlife habitat structure (horizontal and vertical diversity) and plant composition on the CEF.
  • Where determined, modify (temporal and spatial) demonstrated silvicultural practices to enhance impact and value for wildlife habitat.

Objective Metric(s):

  • A monitoring and evaluation protocol established for silvicultural demonstrations that are implemented to improve wildlife habitat.
  • Impacts of silvicultural demonstrations that improve wildlife habitat are documented, and where determined, modified to improve wildlife habitat.

3. Incorporate planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Project objectives and activities into the educational experience of undergraduate students majoring in forest resources, wildlife and fisheries, and environmental and natural resources at Clemson University.

Activities to Accomplish Objective:

  • Within the management plan requirements of Wildlife Management (WFB 412), Forest Resources Management Plans (FOR 425), and other courses taught as part of the undergraduate curriculum in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Clemson University, students will be required to assist in planning and implementation of Project activities.

Objective Metric(s):

  • Number of students successfully participating in planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Project activities.

4. Disseminate project activities and results to private forest landowners (industrial and non-industrial), forest managers, other natural resource professionals, and the general public.

Activities to Accomplish Objective:

  • Develop Project website of activities, progress and results.
  • Develop Project brochure for guided and self-guided tours of demonstrations.
  • Establish Project descriptive signs at each demonstration area.
  • Conduct on-site workshops for private forest landowners, forest managers, other natural resource professionals on activities and results of Project efforts.
  • Webinar workshop on Project activities and results.
  • Engage local, state and national media on Project activities, results, and benefits of sustainable forestry to wildlife and society.

Objective Metric(s):

  • Website established during first 6 months of Project start date.
  • Brochure developed for workshops and tours in year 2 of Project.
  • Descriptive signs placed at each demonstration area following silvicultural practices to improve wildlife habitat.
  • One workshop conducted on the CEF for private landowners during second year of Project.
  • One workshop conducted on the CEF for forest managers and natural resource professionals during third year of Project.
  • One webinar workshop conducted for forest managers and natural resource professionals during third year of Project.
  • Host media day during first and third year of Project to highlight project and sustainable forest management that improves wildlife habitat.

5. Certify Clemson University’s Experimental Forest in the SFI Program.

Activities to Accomplish Objective:

  • In conjunction with Project activities, initiate efforts to have the CEF certified in the SFI Program.

Objective Metric(s):

  • The CEF is certified in the SFI Program.