2003 – 2006 Program of Work

2003-2006 Program of Work

Invasive Species

Raise awareness of the detrimental effects of invasive species and develop strategies among agencies, communities, industry, and volunteers to address this threat to the Southern Appalachians.

Facilitate cooperation among agencies in the region to coordinate invasive species management plans

Host workshops with the nursery and landscaping industry on native and exotic plant substitutes for invasive plants, and to develop policies and guidelines for promoting use of non-invasive plants in landscaping

Develop informational materials to help identify invasive plants, and to promote use of non-invasive plants in landscaping

Work with a community in the Southern Appalachians to demonstrate how community-based invasive plant management can be accomplished

Enhance information shared on invasives via the SAMAB website

Train volunteers to conduct detection surveys for invasive plant species


Environmental Monitoring

Build in Southern Appalachian communities an understanding of natural resource conditions and a stewardship ethic through citizen-based environmental inventory and monitoring.

Continue SAMAB-sponsored monitoring of invasive exotic plants and water quality in gateway communities

Expand monitoring to include communities in other parts of the Southern Appalachians and additional indicators of environmental health

Address community-specific inventory and monitoring needs

Collect data in a manner consistent with Cooperative agency protocols to ensure its usefulness for federal land management purposes

Communicate “lessons learned” to other partnerships along the Appalachians to promote monitoring along the full length of the Appalachian Trail

Facilitate constructive dialogue among citizens, gateway communities, and federal land management agencies


Ecosystem Restoration

Protect watersheds and native forests and grasslands by providing information and building understanding of the use of tools (like prescribed fire) in ecosystem restoration efforts.

Facilitate information exchange on current restoration projects in the Southern Appalachians

Host a panel on the use of prescribed fire in the Southern Appalachians at the SAMAB Fall Conference

Work across agency boundaries on the Upper Tennessee River Watershed Restoration project

Host a field trip at the SAMAB Fall Conference to demonstrate successful use of prescribed burns to restore native grasslands

Explore the potential for a workshop or conference on “Fire Ecology in the Appalachians”

Host a workshop on techniques to restore native pine-hardwood ecosystems, many of which have been lost due to southern pine beetle epidemic


Information Management

Coordinate and facilitate delivery of data and information on the Southern Appalachian region through the Southern Appalachian Information Node (SAIN) of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII).

 Work with SAIN to test and improve its Web-based infrastructure for functionality and usability

Develop prototype applications of information sharing through SAIN, e.g., document GPRA accomplishments and assist with NEPA processes, public participation and involvement, resource assessments, and management issues

Identify agency and organization leads for providing data, information, and tools

Secure organizational commitments to documented, on-line information linked to or through SAIN

Convene a meeting with appropriate technical personnel from regional agencies and organizations to facilitate information sharing.

Identify and prioritize shared, unmet information needs, including data quality objectives for each need


Sustainable Communities

Facilitate access to information, tools, and resources that communities need to develop sustainably.

Compile a “toolbox” of Community Sustainability Planning Assistance including information, procedures, and funding sources

Host a Community Leaders Workshop to raise awareness of availability of technical assistance programs and competitive funding opportunities

Provide technical and managerial assistance, training, funding, and access to tools to a few pilot communities in the Southern Appalachians

Host a workshop on Gateway Communities, focusing on their common issues and opportunities

Provide assistance in piloting and distributing the SEF and GeoBook, and in making GeoBook data web-accessible


Cultural Resources

Raise awareness of the importance of cultural resources in the Southern Appalachians. Promote and foster conservation, preservation, interpretation and research of cultural resources. Facilitate information exchange and dialogue between landowners/managers and communities/affected populations.

Host a workshop with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, landowners/managers and agencies addressing issues, consultation and cooperative endeavors

Host a workshop to share issues and develop regional priorities for cultural resource management

Promote sharing of expertise among all agencies and individuals by sponsoring thematic symposia

Identify and participate in historic preservation initiatives across the region. Help secure funds for their support and make technical expertise available


Air Quality

Building on recent results of Southern Appalachian Mountain Initiative, promote broader understanding of the causes of air pollution in the region and pursue opportunities for inter-agency cooperation to address these issues.

Host a panel at future SAMAB Fall Conference on air quality issues in the Southern Appalachians and ways to promote understanding with the general public