Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation Project
PINEMAP focuses on loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), which accounts for about 80 percent of planted forests in the region.
PINEMAP's overall goal is to create, synthesize, and disseminate the knowledge necessary that enables southern pine landowners to
- manage forests to increase carbon sequestration by 15% by 2030;
- increase efficiency of nitrogen and other fertilizer inputs by 10% by 2030;
- adapt forest management approaches and plant improved tree varieties to increase forest resilience and sustainability under variable climates.
PINEMAP is designed to develop and evaluate mitigation and adaptation activities which will reduce potential risks associated with changes in climate variability and educate landowners to ensure the continued sustainability of southern pine management in a changing world. The project is also designed to promote scientist and citizen understanding of future risks to pine forests and opportunities to address them. PINEMAP is focused on delivering real-world outcomes including:
- improved economic return and reduction of loss from catastrophic events;
- increased forest carbon sequestration and fertilizer efficiency;
- enhanced capacity for regional, multi-disciplinary collaboration among climate and forest scientists, Extension and education professionals, and graduate students;
- increased capacity for non-corporate forest landowner participation in C markets;
- increased deployment of adaptive strategies to ensure the sustainability of planted southern pines in advance of climatic changes;
- climate-literate audiences making informed decisions related to the southern planted pine system and consumption of forest products;
- diverse stakeholders, including landowners, secondary school teachers, and students, with a clearer understanding of adaptive forest management strategies and their role in climate change mitigation.