Trees are a big business in the South. With more than 209 million acres of timberland spread across the 13-state region and landowners planting more trees every year, the forest products industry supports about 1.2 million jobs.This spring, the Southern Regional Extension Forestry office (SREF), in partnership with the Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF), launched a one-stop website offering the most recent data on the economic impacts of forestry and timberland across the South.The website, forestryimpacts.net, provides easy access to economic impact reports for each of the 13 states in the Southern region, as well as links to other relevant forest economic resources on the web. SREF and its partners created the website to respond to the needs of educators, policymakers, community leaders and the general public for comprehensive and convenient forest-related economic information. It serves as an essential resource for those seeking to promote the importance of forestry and the forest products industry.“The website is the result of a tremendous amount of work by those within the state forestry and university system in the Southern region,” said William G. Hubbard, Southern Regional Extension Forester at SREF. “SREF Extension associates Steven Weaver and Leslie Boby are to be commended for shepherding such a powerful resource into existence.”Other partners on the effort include the Association of Southern Rural Extension Directors (ASRED) and the state and private forestry unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s (USFS) Southern Region.About Southern Regional Extension ForestrySREF serves Southern land-grant universities and forestry professionals through collaborative development of forestry technologies and programs that improve the efficiency, effectiveness and relevance of supporting institutions. For more information about SREF, visit sref.info.
MELBOURNE: Australian limited-overs batsman D’Arcy Short is confident of shaking off the white-ball specialist tag and proving his worth against the red ball.”It was very enticing in terms of the opportunities that I could have got (in Tasmania),” he told cricket.com.au. Short turned down an offer to move to Tasmania, and instead decided that a first full pre-season at Western Australia would give him the best chance to prove himself as a red-ball player in his adopted home state. “But I felt like if I stayed here and put in a full pre-season, I can play all formats here as well. That was a challenge for me; I know I can do that here and this is where I want to try and do it. I love playing cricket in WA and that’s why I’m staying. “It was a combination of both (cricket and personal reasons). With all the cricket I play and being away so much, I felt like being home when I could is a good option. “I’m a bit of a homebody anyway, which doesn’t really help me in terms of the job. But if I can spend time at home, that’s what I want to do. That was one of the main reasons.” “I don’t think it’s an unfair view, it’s just what people have seen,” Short said on the tag of him being a white-ball specialist. “I definitely back myself in red-ball cricket as well. I just haven’t taken my opportunities as well as I could have or should have in the games that I’ve played. “The pressure of wanting to do well and keep my spot plays on my mind a bit as well. I know I can do it, it’s just about putting it together in a game. “I think I slowly proved that last year. Against NSW, I opened the batting against a Test attack and got fifty and batted for a fair amount of time (164 balls). “I got a fair bit of confidence out of that. It’s just about putting a big score on the board when I get a chance, said Short who has so far played eight ODIs and 20 T20s for Australia. IANS Also watch: Get Set Global: Travel Restrictions Creating Havoc For People In The UK