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National Report on Sustainable Forests — 2010

National Report on Sustainable Forests

Are the forests of the United States of America sustainable? Can we maintain their current extent and condition into the future? This report highlights the state of forests in the United States and tracks trends in forest sustainability indicators. The report is designed to provide information that will improve public dialog and decision making around sustainable forest management.

The 64 indicators of forest sustainability tracked in the report, developed by the Montreal Process Working Group, reflect many of the environmental, social, and economic concerns of the American public regarding forests, and help us establish a quantitative baseline for measuring progress toward sustainability. While the report presents data primarily at a national or regional level, it also provides valuable context to ensure sustainability at other geographic and political scales. Action at all levels is vital to achieving sustainable forest management in the United States.

The 2010 edition includes 130 pages of detailed information organized by indicator, as well as summary analyses and policy recommendations. Over 30 Forest Service scientists, senior staff, and outside collaborators contributed to this edition of the report. A previous edition of the report was released in 2003, and an update is anticipated for 2017. Questions or comments about the report or the project as a whole are greatly appreciated and can be directed to Dr. Guy Robertson.

Documents

National Report on Sustainable Forests - 2010

National Report on Sustainable Forests 2010

ZIP (8.7 MB)

Executive Summary

FS Chief's Letter

National Report on Sustainable Forests - 2003

National Report on Sustainable Forests – 2003

2003 Sustainability Report — Data Supplements


Assessing Sustainability for Agricultural and Urban Forests

This report augments the National Report on Sustainable Forests by focusing on agricultural and urban forest resources within the context of national-level forest sustainability reporting. The report provides (1) a brief description of the benefits accruing from agricultural and urban forest resources; (2) displays and analyses of currently available data describing these resources, particularly at the national level; and (3) a discussion of potential strategies for developing consistent national datasets and ongoing reporting procedures. The ultimate aim is to lay the foundation for reporting information about agricultural and urban forests that is roughly comparable with the information presented for conventional forests in the National Report and that can be incorporated into the Forest Service's ongoing forest sustainability reporting activities.

Report Cover Page

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Tropical Forests

This report augments the National Report on Sustainable Forests by focusing on tropical island forest resources within the context of national-level forest sustainability reporting. The report uses the Montreal Process Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management to assess forest conditions in U.S. tropical islands in the Caribbean and Pacific across ecological, social, and economic dimensions of forest sustainability. Findings show that forest area in the U.S. tropics has been relatively stable, but that the forests on the islands face a number of challenges to sustainability. While some of these sustainability challenges are similar to those faced by forests in the continental U.S., others are unique to the tropics in general, or to specific regions or islands in particular.

Assessing Forest Sustainability in the Tropical Islands of the United States

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