Florida’s Statewide Forest Resource Assessment provides an analysis of current forest conditions and trends in the state and defines priority rural and urban forest landscapes. The State’s Forest Resource Strategy document provides long-term plans to invest state, federal, and local resources where they can most effectively address concerns and stimulate broad support for working forest activities while engaging multiple partners. The assessment and plan sets the stage for addressing critical issues to positively influence and maximize public benefits from healthy working forests across Florida.
Longleaf Pine ecosystems are among the most threatened ecosystems in the United States. Longleaf pine once comprised about 60% of the landscape of the southeastern Coastal Plain and Florida currently has the largest number of existing acres (1,198,248 acres) in longleaf forest types. The enhancement of this important and diverse ecosystem is a priority for both public and private landowners in the state.
Florida’s forest resources, both urban and rural, continue to be challenged by numerous insects, diseases and non-native invasive plants. Non-native invasive pests have recently become tremendously important in the State of Florida. Cooperative efforts in the state include the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas, and the Florida Invasive Species Partnership that continue to address these threats to the State’s forests and economy.
Approximately six of every ten acres in Florida-nearly 22 million acres-are considered fire –dependent. Florida has a long history of wildfire suppression and utilization of prescribed fire as both a protective tool and to improve overall forest health. The Division of Forestry leads the way in prevention, detection, and suppression of wildfire, as well as the use of prescribed fire in Florida’s forests.