Symposium on environmental issues related to Eucalyptus culture in the southern US: Call for poster presentations and written papers

Due to increasing costs of fossil fuel and concerns about carbon emissions, there is increased interest in deriving energy from cellulose materials, including forest biomass.

Eucalyptus species are the most widely planted tree species in the world and of increasing interest as a source of bioenergy feedstock and fiber in the US South. The potential productivity of non-native Eucalyptus species planted in the southern US under short-rotation management for biofuels is significantly greater than native Pinus species.

Freeze tolerant Eucalyptus species and hybrids extend the potential commercial range well beyond current plantings in southern Florida, creating a need to understand and develop strategies to address key environmental issues related to their culture throughout the Southern Coastal Plain. These issues include their potential for invasiveness and possible effects on water quantity and quality, biodiversity, and fire risk.

To help address these issues, the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) and the US Forest Service Southern Research Station have assembled a group of US-based and international experts to share data and perspectives in the Symposium on the Assessment and Management of Environmental Issues Related to Eucalyptus Culture in the Southern United States. The symposium will be held February 22-24, 2012 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC.

Objectives are to (1) summarize the state of knowledge related to key environmental and sustainability issues relevant to Eucalyptus culture in the southern United States and (2) identify and prioritize information needs and potential management approaches to address these issues.

A field trip on the morning of February 24 will feature visits to local Eucalyptus plantings and research projects.

An agenda and other details about the symposium can be viewed at www.eucalyptusenvironmental.org.

Symposium attendees are eligible for up to 15.5 hours of Category 1 Continuing Forestry Education Credit from the Society of American Foresters.

There is an open call for posters to be presented at the symposium and written papers for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Forestry Research. Written paper submissions are not restricted to symposium participants. Written paper instructions and guidelines can be found at www.hindawi.com/journals/ijfr/si/ebnr/.

Topics addressed in both posters and submitted papers may include but are not limited to (1) invasiveness, (2) fire risk, (3) water use and quality, (4) biodiversity, and (5) gene flow among planted Eucalyptus varieties. Additional information can be found at www.eucalyptusenvironmental.org

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