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Report Details Trends and Current Conditions for Northern Forests

Forests of the Northern United States uses more than 100 maps, graphs, and tables to summarize current conditions and recent trends for the 172 million acres of forest land in the 20 States that comprise the U.S. North. Forest ServiceSnapshot : Overarching issues include the interaction of forests and people, managing invasive species, sustaining biodiversity, and sustaining capacity for forest management

Principal Investigators(s) :
Shifley, Stephen R. 
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2012
Highlight ID : 53

Summary

Forests of the Northern United States provides a detailed portrait of recent trends and current conditions for the 20 Northern States bounded by Maine, Maryland, Missouri, and Minnesota. Details for individual Northern States are included in more than 100 maps, graphs, and tables and via online data exploration tools. Overarching issues identified for northern forests include understanding the interaction of forests and people, managing invasive species, sustaining biodiversity, and sustaining the capacity for forest management.

This assessment of the Nation's most densely forested and most densely populated quadrant presents conditions in terms of eight dimensions or criteria related to sustainable forests. The first seven criteria follow the outline of the Montr´┐Żal Process Criteria and Indicators: biodiversity, productive capacity, health, soil and water resources, carbon and biomass, socioeconomic benefits, and legal and institutional framework for conservation. The eighth criterion addresses the North's urban and community forests that occur in close proximity to more than 80 percent of the region's population.

Additional Resources

Forests of the Northern United States(publication)

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
  • University of Missouri