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The Future of our Forests: Clarifying the Debate…
We all agree that forests are important…
Water and Beauty
Jobs and Employment
Recreation and Culture
Do our forests reflect good management?
Do our forests reflect good management? That depends on who you ask
Rocky Mountain News
New York Times
Bangor Daily News
St. Petersburg Times
Seattle Post Intelligencer
How do we know what information is correct?
How do we know what information is correct? How do we make good decisions?
ABC News reports.… this lack of information hurts policy- making.
The Economist says…. we’re “flying blind.”
When assessing the economy, we look at trends in economic indicators:
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Employment Rate Investments (stocks, bonds)
Can we have similar trend data for our forests?
It is possible to assess information for forest management through the use of Criteria and Indicators.
Criteria and Indicators provide:
Criteria and Indicators provide: a common understanding of sustainable forest management
just as economic indicators define the economy…
Criteria and Indicators provide:
Criteria and Indicators provide: a framework for monitoring, assessments, research and policy-making
just as economic indicators show how different aspects of the economy work…
Criteria and Indicators inform us of changes in biological, economic and social conditions. Changes in forest condition are the result of our management.
By monitoring the trends in forest condition, we can better understand how management impacts our forests.
Criteria and Indicators improve forest management by providing a commonly accepted and systematically collected set of forest data…
…therefore policy makers and the public can focus on deciding what to do, rather than determining what information is correct.
There is a global consensus on using Criteria and Indicators for forest management.
140 Countries have agreed to use Criteria and Indicators for forest management.
The US participates in the Montreal Process, which uses the following criteria:
Biological Diversity Productive Capacity Forest Health Soil + Water Resources Global Carbon Cycles Socio-economic Benefits Legal + Institutional Frameworks
Criteria and Indicator data will look like an expanded version of trend data currently available on our forests…
Forest Land Trends [FS-696, April 2001, p.3]
Trends in Reserved Forest Land [FS-696, April 2001, p.5]
Trends in Forest Employment Year
The first National Reports using forest Criteria and Indicators are now available, but more work is needed.
The Economist says we’re “flying blind”….
…data for Criteria and Indicators can fix this!
For more information you can use... visit the following websites:
For more information you can use… visit the following websites: The Montreal Process www.mpci.org US Roundtable for Sustainable Forests www.sustainableforests.net USDA Forest Service, Sustainable Forests www.fs.fed.us/research/sustain/
Roundtable on Sustainable Forests. Forests cover about 750 million acres -- more than a quarter of the entire United States -- and sustainable management.
Ruth McWilliams National Sustainable Development Coordinator USDA Forest Service May 31, 2001 May 31, 2001 Science Day 2001 Sustainability Framework …
Basic feedback model of environmental monitoring and evaluation (for example used in environmental impact assessment) Environmental principles and regulatory.
Comments on possible revisions to Criterion 6 Indicators Maintenance and enhancement of long-term socio- economic benefits to meet needs of societies Part.
Northern Forest Futures A window on tomorrow's forests Revealing how today's trends and choices can change the future landscape of the North Collaborative.
Oregon Department of Forestry Kevin Birch Planning Coordinator Use of Criteria & Indicators and Sustainable Forest Management at Different Scales Oregon.
Three Aspects of Sustainability 1.Inter-generational equity “The goal of sustainability is to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability.
Roles for Commodity Production in Sustaining Forests & Rangelands J. Keith Gilless Professor of Forest Economics UC Berkeley.
What Can We Say About the Economic, Institutional, and Legal Framework for Sustainable Forest Management in the United States? Roundtable on Sustainable.
Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Development and Evolution of the Criteria and Indicators.
Deborah J. Shields USDA Forest Service - Research
Technical Workshop on the Refinement of the Montreal Process Indicators Criteria 6, 7 Minneapolis, MI. April 13, 14, 2005
USDA May 21, 2003 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable.
November 7, 2001 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Process and Procedures Tom Bartlett.
Criteria and Indicators Building A Common Language for Monitoring Forest Sustainability in the Northeastern Area Terri Heyer, Watershed Program USDA Forest.
Reporting Results - Audiences and Uses Effectiveness Evaluation Workshop Victoria, November 7, 2002 Tom Niemann, Ministry of Forests.
Poverty - Environment Linkages Uganda’s Case By D.N Byarugaba Commissioner for Forestry.
March 26, 2002 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Process and Procedures Tom Bartlett.
Criteria and Indicators as Framework for Sustainable Forest Management Ruth McWilliams USDA – Forest Service Workshop on Sustainable Forest Management.
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