Forest health monitoring: 2002 national technical report

  • Author(s): Coulston, John W.; Ambrose, Mark J.; Riitters, Kurt H.; Conkling, Barbara L.
  • Date: 2005
  • Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-84. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 97 p.
  • Station ID: GTR-SRS-084

The Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) Program’s annual national technical report presents results of forest health analyses from a national perspective using data from a variety of sources. This annual report focuses on “Criterion 3—Maintenance of Forest Ecosystem Health and Vitality” from the “Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forestry of the Santiago Declaration” as the reporting framework. The report is composed of five main data sections and two appendices. The “Introduction” provides background information about FHM, details about the conceptual approach to the report, and details about data used in the analyses. The next three sections each focus on a specific indicator from criterion 3. The first indicator section contains analyses of abiotic, biotic, and anthropogenic disturbances including drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, fire, insects and diseases, introduced species, and land development. The second indicator section contains analyses of air pollution data including nitrate and sulfate wet deposition data and ozone data. The third indicator section contains analyses of tree health data including tree mortality, crown condition, and damage. The final data section is a multivariate analysis, providing an integrated presentation of the data used in the report. Two appendices contain details about the analyses methods and summary data tables.

Request Publication

You can order print copies of our publications through our Publication Ordering System. Make a note of the publication you wish to request, and visit our Publication Order Site.

Publication Notes

  • We recommend that you print this page and attach it to the printout of the article to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact the SRS Webmaster if you notice any errors which make this publication unuseable.
  • You may send email to to request a hard copy of this publication. (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
  • To view this article get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader.