I. Our forest
This publication provides basic information about forest health to
land managers, extension personnel, students, educators, those
involved in setting public policy, and the general public.
There are some basic, scientifically
quantifiable variables that most people consider to be important when
measuring the health of forests. These include tree mortality, tree
growth, reproduction, injury to trees, condition of the tree crowns
(the portion of the tree where the leaves are), and species
composition of the forest area. However, forest health is not always
easy to define. Determining whether a given forest is healthy also
involves perceptions, judgements, and personal standards.
In this booklet we describe:
- Part I: characteristics of rural and
urban forests in the North Central Region and how forest health is
- Part II: some recent key results for the
North Central Region from the National Forest Health Monitoring
- Part III: factors that place stress on
our forest and ways forest health has recently been affected by
Finally, on the back cover you will find a
list of helpful phone numbers that will aid you in obtaining further
information if you are interested.
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