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Eucalyptus Symposium 2012

USDA Forest Service ‑ Southern Research Station

Eucalyptus species are among the most widely planted tree species in the world and of increasing interest in the U.S. for bioenergy. At this symposium, experts from within and outside the U.S. will share their data, experiences, and perspectives on key environmental issues related to Eucalyptus culture. Symposium sessions will address invasiveness, water use and quality, biodiversity, and fire risk. The meeting will include a panel discussion on management approaches and information needs in the southern U.S., and a field trip to visit local Eucalyptus plantings and research projects.

The potential productivity of non-native Eucalyptus species planted in the southern U.S. under short-rotation management for biofuels is significantly greater than native Pinus species. Freeze tolerant species and hybrids extend the potential commercial range well beyond the current plantings in southern Florida. Thus, there is great financial incentive to plant Eucalyptus on additional acreage in much of the Lower Coastal Plain.

Because Eucalyptus species are not native, there is a need to understand and develop strategies to address key environmental issues related to its culture in this region. Key issues related to Eucalyptus plantations include their potential for invasiveness, and possible effects on water quantity and quality, biodiversity, and fire risk. This symposium will address these and other environmental issues associated with Eucalyptus culture in the southern United States. Specific objectives are to:

  • Summarize the state of knowledge related to key environmental and sustainability issues relevant to Eucalyptus culture in the southern United States, including experiences by scientists and managers in other countries.
  • Identify and prioritize information needs and potential management approaches related to these issues.

The symposium will include invited experts from within and outside the U.S. to share their data, experiences, and perspectives on the issue. Symposium sessions will address (1) Invasiveness; (2) Water Use and Quality, (3) Biodiversity, and (4) Fire Risk, and will include a panel discussion on management approaches and information needs in the southern U.S.

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Visit the symposium website at http://www.eucalyptusenvironmental.org/

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