The Resource Monitoring and Assessment (RMA) Program conducts multi-scale assessments of the status, trends, and future outlook for Pacific Northwest ecosystems. RMA conducts research and forest inventories in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands.
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. Management of these forests is dynamic owing to changes in 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. Basic knowledge of the current status, past trends, and future projections of the forest and rangeland ecosystems is critical to policymakers, land managers, and the public.