Forest Sustainability Reporting in the United States

The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. On this site you can find data and analysis from the National Report on Sustainable Forests — 2010, a periodic Forest Service report that provides a comprehensive picture of forest conditions in the United States as they relate to the ecological, social and economic dimensions of sustainability. And you can find links to related work being done in the Forest Service, in states and localities, and throughout the world.

link to National Report on Sustainable Forests — 2010

National Report on Sustainable Forests — 2010

Information and analysis on the current state of America’s forests and their sustainability.

link to Criteria & Indicators for Forest Sustainability

Criteria & Indicators for Forest Sustainability

Sub-reports for each of 7 criteria and 64 indicators describing forest sustainability — the information base used to build the National Report.


link to Montréal Process

Montréal Process

An international group of twelve countries, including the United States, devoted to sustaining temperate and boreal forests around the world.

link to Roundtable on Sustainable Forests

Roundtable on Sustainable Forests

An open membership, national stake-holder group supporting the National Report and related forest sustainability efforts throughout the country.


What is Forest Sustainability?

Today’s most pressing forest issues (e.g., loss of working forests, fire danger and hazardous fuels, etc.) have strongly interconnected and interdependent economic, social, and environmental linkages. When these influences and interactions are properly accounted for, natural resource decisions have a better chance of achieving sustainability. Read more...