On June 9, 2015, the U.S. Forest Service and federal agency partners hosted a public forum to share key findings of the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) 20-year monitoring reports. These reports provide an analysis of monitoring data gathered since 1994, with a focus on the last 5 years.

The day-long public forum included a series of presentations on the reports’ key findings, followed by a facilitated panel session of report authors for questions and answers. This was not a public listening session about forest plan revisions; rather, it was an opportunity to learn about recent findings from monitoring data collected under the NWFP.

Presentations

Time Topic
8:30 – 8:45am Welcome and Logistics video
Welcome - Rob Mangold, FS PNW Research Station
History of the Hangar - Tracy Fortmann, National Park Service
Logistics & Overview of Agenda - Cherie Shanteau-Wheeler, Facilitator
8:45 - 9:15am Overview of History of the NWFP and Monitoring - Michael Tehan, NOAA Fisheries video
9:15 – 10:15am Key Findings from the 20 Year Monitoring Status and Trend Reports (1994-2013)
Late- successional and old growth forests trends – Tom Spies, FS PNW Research Station (30 mins) video
Watershed condition trends – Stephanie Miller, OR/WA BLM (30 mins) video
10:15 – 10:30am Break (15mins)
10:30 – 11:45am Key Findings from the 20 Year Monitoring Reports (continued)
Northern spotted owl population trends – Katie Dugger, USGS
Northern spotted owl habitat trends – Ray Davis, FS Region 6 (45 mins) video
Marbled murrelet population and habitat trends – Gary Falxa, FWS (30 mins) video
11:45am – 1:00pm Lunch (on your own; recommend bringing lunch as no food available nearby)
1:00 – 2:00pm Key Findings from the 20 Year Monitoring Status and Trend Reports (1994-2013)
Socio-economic trends – Lis Grinspoon, FS Region 6 (30 mins) video
Effectiveness of Tribal-Federal relationship - Kirsten Vineyta & Kathy Lynn, University of Oregon (30 mins) video
2:00 – 3:30pm Panel Q&A with Presenters (questions to be submitted in writing using form provided) video
Introduction of Panel Members
Followed by General Q&A from public in room and webinar
3:30 – 4:00pm Closing Remarks: video
Jerome Perez, OR/WA BLM, State Director
Jim Peña, FS Region 6, RIEC Chair
4:00pm Adjourn

Reports

Topic Report Format
Old growth Davis, Raymond J.; Ohmann, Janet L.; Kennedy, Robert E.; Cohen, Warren B.; Gregory, Matthew J.; Yang, Zhiqiang; Roberts, Heather M.; Gray, Andrew N.; Spies, Thomas A. 2015. Northwest Forest Plan–the first 20 years (1994-2013): status and trends of late-successional and old-growth forests. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-911. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 112 p. (2-page summary) PDF
Owls - population Dugger, K. et al. 2016. The effects of habitat, climate, and Barred Owls on long-term demography of Northern Spotted Owls. The Condor. 118:57-116. (2-page summary) PDF
Owls - habitat Davis, Raymond J.; Hollen, Bruce; Hobson, Jeremy; Gower, Julia E.; Keenum, David. 2016. Northwest Forest Plan—the first 20 years (1994-2013): status and trends of northern spotted owl habitats. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-929. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 54 p. (2-page summary) PDF
Murrelets Falxa, Gary A.; Raphael, Martin G., tech. coords. 2016. Northwest Forest Plan—the first 20 years (1994–2013): status and trend of marbled murrelet populations and nesting habitat. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-933. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 132 p. (2-page summary) PDF
Watersheds Miller, Stephanie A.; Gordon, Sean N.; Eldred, Peter; Beloin, Ronald M.; Wilcox, Steve; Raggon, Mark; Andersen, Heidi; Muldoon, Ariel. 2017. Northwest Forest Plan—the first 20 years (1994–2013): watershed condition status and trends. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-932. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 74 p. (2-page summary) PDF
Socioeconomic 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
Tribal Vinyeta, K.; Lynn, K. 2015. Strengthening the Federal-Tribal Relationship: A Report on Monitoring Consultation under the Northwest Forest Plan. Report FS/R6/PNW/2015/0005. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region. Region. (2-page summary) PDF