Statewide Priority

A requirement in developing the Forest Action Plan, as it is described in the About page, was that it include the entire state—public and private, rural and urban. A statewide priority map was developed by combining a rural priority layer as determined from an updated analysis using the Southern Forest Land Assessment (SFLA) model, with the overall urban priority layer to produce one layer for the state covering both rural and urban landscapes. The resulting analysis serves as the statewide priority map. Areas of high priority were revealed to be East Texas, the Hill Country of Central Texas, the area around the Metroplex of North-Central Texas, and the Valley in South Texas. When analyzed by ecoregion, the Pineywoods of East Texas received the highest priority.