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We must never forget the human and the economic dimensions of these problems. - Federal Ecosystem Management Assessment Team, Mission Statement, 1993.

In the early 1990s, forest-associated communities in the Pacific Northwest, still struggling with the legacy of recession and industry consolidation in the 1980s, were met with new restrictions for cutting timber on federal lands. Concerns about the possible social and economic impacts of federal forest management on these communities led to monitoring requirements in the Record of Decision for the Northwest Forest Plan, framed as two questions:

  1. Are predictable levels of timber and non-timber resources available and being produced?
  2. Are communities and economies experiencing positive or negative changes that may be associated with federal forest management?

The key objectives of the monitoring program are to identify communities experiencing significant positive or negative conditions or trends, as well as those that are not, and to improve understanding of the relationship between federal forest management and social and economic change.

To address the objectives above, the monitoring program analyzes trends in data for timber harvest, special forest products, livestock grazing, mineral extraction, and recreation. Social and economic indicators derived from U.S. census data, analysis of quantitative data from agency databases, and interviews conducted in four sample case-study areas were part of the research program for the Northwest Forest Plan Ten Year Monitoring Report.

Contacts

Name Phone E-mail
Elisabeth Grinspoon - Regional Social Scientist 503-808-2207 egrinspoon@fs.fed.us

Reports

5-year Monitoring Reports Format
20-year Grinspoon, E.; Jaworski, D; Phillips, R. 2015. Northwest Forest Plan—The First 20 Years [1994-2013]: Socioeconomic Status and Trends. Report FS/R6/PNW/2015/0006. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region. [2-page briefing paper] PDF
15-year Grinspoon, E; Phillips, R. 2011. Northwest Forest Plan—The First 15 Years [1994-2008]: Socioeconomic Status and Trends. Tech. Paper R6-RPM-TP-02-2011. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region. [2-page briefing paper] PDF
10-year Charnley, S., tech. coord. 2006. Northwest Forest Plan—the first 10 years (1994–2003): socioeconomic monitoring results. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-649. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 6 vol. PDF
Other Reports  
  Buttolph L. et al. 2006. Socioeconomic Monitoring of the Olympic National Forest and Three Local Communities. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-679. PDF
  Donoghue E. et al. 2006. Considering Communities in Forest Management Planning in Western Oregon. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-693. PDF
  Donoghue, E.M.; Sutton, N.L. 2006. Community socioeconomic information system, [CD-ROM]. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-672. PDF
  McLain, R. et al. 2006. Socioeconomic Monitoring of Coos Bay District and Three Local Communities. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-675. PDF
  Moseley, C. 2006. Northwest Forest Plan-the first 10 years (1994-2003): Procurement contracting in the affected counties. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-661. PDF
  Charnley, S. et al. 2003. Social and Economic Effectiveness Monitoring. Northwest Forest Plan. 2002 Annual Summary Report. PDF
  Stuart, C. et al. 2002. Social and Economic Effectiveness Monitoring. Northwest Forest Plan. 2001 Annual Summary Report. PDF
  Sommers, P . 2001. Monitoring Socioeconomic Trends in the Northern Spotted Owl Region: Framework, Trends Update, and Community Level Monitoring Recommendations. PDF
  Christensen, H.; Donoghue, E . 2001. A research framework for natural resource-based communities in the Pacific Northwest. PNW-GTR-515. PDF
  Warren, D. 2001. Production, prices, employment, and trade in Northwest forest industries, all quarters, 1999. PNW-RB-235. PDF
  Christensen, H. et al., tech. eds. 1999. Northwest Forest Plan: outcomes and lessons learned from the Northwest economic adjustment initiative. PNW-GTR-484. PDF
  Christensen, H. et al. 2000. Atlas of human adaptation to environmental change, challenge, and opportunity: northern California, western Oregon, and western Washington. PNW-GTR-478. PDF

Data

Description Metadata Format
20-year report   Nwfp20yrMonitoringDataSocioeconomic.zip (Excel files)