Western North Carolina report card on forest sustainability

  • Author(s): Fox, Susan; Jackson, Bill; Jackson, Sarah; Kauffmann, Gary; Koester, Mary Carol; Mera, Robert; Seyden, Terry; Van Sickle, Charles; Chipley, Sealy; Fox, Jim; Hicks, Jeff; Hutchins, Matt; Lichtenstein, Karin; Nolan, Kelsie; Pierce, Todd; Porter, Beth
  • Date: 2011
  • Station ID: General Technical Report (GTR)-SRS-142

Abstract

Western North Carolina encompasses 4.8 million acres of highly valued temperate forests. To help address future management and conservation decisions surrounding these resources, the report card evaluates environmental, social, and economic conditions in recent decades across an 18 county area. The report card describes the status of indicators of forest sustainability as improving, worsening, uncertain, stable, stable/at risk, or dynamic. Results varied considerably among criteria measured. Conditions that show improvement include lands managed for conservation; timber volume, growth, and removals; water and air quality; forest economics; cultural/spiritual values; resource planning and monitoring; and public participation in policy formation. Conditions that are worsening include loss of natural communities and species, rate of land conversion, rate of forest fragmentation, spread of invasive species, developed recreation resources, and soil movement associated with development on steep slopes.

  • Citation: Fox, Susan; Jackson, Bill; Jackson, Sarah; Kauffmann, Gary; Koester, Mary Carol; Mera, Robert; Seyden, Terry; Van Sickle, Charles; Chipley, Sealy; Fox, Jim; Hicks, Jeff; Hutchins, Matt; Lichtenstein, Karin; Nolan, Kelsie; Pierce, Todd; Porter, Beth 2011. Western North Carolina report card on forest sustainability. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-142. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station, 198 p.

Requesting Print Publications

Publication requests are subject to availability. Fiscal responsibility limits the hardcopies of publications we produce and distribute. Electronic versions of publications may be downloaded, distributed and printed.

Please make any requests at pubrequest@fs.fed.us.

Publication Notes

  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • Our online 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 unusable.
  • To view this article, download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.