The Florence County Forest covers more than 36,000 acres of tax forfeit land. This land is used for timber production and public access for hunting, fishing, camping, and other recreational uses. Florence County maintains dual certification under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standard and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard. The primary goal for this project was to restore 400 acres of forest land that had recently experienced heavy mortality due to drought and forest pest outbreaks. The County wanted to keep these lands forested, but was unsure if it made sense to keep trying to restore the forest to the prior cover type (scrub oak).
Climate Change Impacts
After considering the menu of adaptation strategies and approaches from the Adaptation Workbook, the project team generated several possible adaptation actions that could be implemented at the project site. In order to prepare for future conditions, Florence County is focusing on these primary adaptation actions:
The support to establish the Climate Adaptation Fund was provided by a grant to the Wildlife Conservation Society from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.