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Criterion 1: Conservation of biological diversity

Publications Posted on: March 06, 2012
Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is the variety of life. It encompasses the variability among living organisms and includes diversity within species, among species, and among ecosystems.

Forest conditions and trends in the northern United States

Publications Posted on: March 06, 2012
This section describes current conditions and trends for the 20 Northern States by focusing on selected characteristics associated with forest sustainability.

Strategies for sustainable forest management

Publications Posted on: March 06, 2012
Sustainable forestry is widely discussed and almost universally desired, but tangible standards, goals, targets, or thresholds to evaluate sustainability are often defined vaguely.

Framing the issues affecting northern forests

Publications Posted on: March 06, 2012
People in the North are concerned about forests, especially the forests near to them. Concerns reflect their diverse connections to forests and the many ways that rural and urban forests affect their quality of life. A recent analysis by Dietzman et al. (2011) summarized more than 700 comments about issues facing northern forests.

Introduction

Publications Posted on: March 06, 2012
The twenty states that make up the U.S. North are bounded by Maine, Maryland, Missouri, and Minnesota. Compared to the rest of the country, the North has a higher population density, relatively little public forest land, and many private forest owners with small forest tracts. Fifty-five percent of northern forest land belongs to nearly 5 million family forest owners.

Forests of the Northern United States

Publications Posted on: February 27, 2012
Bounded by Maine, Maryland, Missouri, and Minnesota, the 20 Northern States have a larger population and a higher proportion of forest cover than other comparably sized U.S. regions.

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