USDA Forest Service Resource Information Group
How do we evaluate whether National Forest System management efforts are going well as part of larger social, economic, and ecological systems? How do we evaluate whether changing conditions are moving in a desired direction? How do we evaluate cumulative effects of a proposed management action? Ecosystem Assessments address these and similar questions.
The Resource Information Group (RIG) is responsible for policy, direction, and guidance regarding assessments done to support land management on national forests and grasslands. Specific RIG responsibilities include guidance regarding program management, planning, standardization, corporate information management, accomplishment reporting, and quality assurance and control. These responsibilities apply to social, economic, and ecological resource assessment activities. We coordinate our work with other staff units throughout the Forest Service, with other agencies, and with many partners outside the agency.
An Ecosystem Assessment consists of least three activities:
Ecosystem Assessments can occur at tactical, project scales or at strategic, regional or sub-regional scales. Assessments may occur for many purposes, including evaluation of ecological risk, conservation assessments, and cumulative effect analyses required as part of Environmental Impact Analysis.
Monitoring and Evaluation Reports (Selected Examples)
The following are examples from around the nation showing different types and scales of Assessments.
Analysis Guides and References
USDA Forest Service
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