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The Resource Monitoring and Assessment (RMA) Program mission is to improve forest and range ecosystems by developing and applying inventory and monitoring methodology to maintain current comprehensive inventories and conduct multiscale assessments of the status, trends, and future outlook for Pacific Northwest ecosystems.

RMA conducts research on forests throughout the world and inventories forest resources in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands. Our research and monitoring efforts provide the public, land managers, and policy makers with timely, reliable, data-driven science to inform land-use and management decisions.

The RMA program addresses three key questions:

  • How can we provide essential information on the status, extent, and characteristics of forests and rangelands in the Pacific region and their change over time?
  • How can we increase the efficiency and add value to inventory and monitoring efforts through the development of new tools, techniques, and methodology?
  • How can inventory and monitoring data be used to understand the effects of human use, climate, and natural disturbances on the region's ecosystems?

Forests and rangelands in the Pacific region are among the most diverse and productive in the world. They are also in a constant state of change due to natural and anthropogenic impacts; land management policies, increasing human populations and their growing demands on forest resources, new and emerging markets for natural resources, competing values among those with a stake in these forests, and a growing understanding of fundamental ecosystem processes all make resource management a dynamic process. Basic knowledge of the current status, past trends, and future projections of the forest and rangeland ecosystems is critical for informing effective management strategies.