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   Forest Sustainability Indicators Information System
Map of Northern U.S., by J. Watts This information system provides ecological, social, and economic information relevant to 18 indicators of forest sustainability chosen by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry and the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters. Data are presented in user-friendly graphs, maps, and tables that track trends over time at State, multistate, and other scales for the Northern United States, a region that includes the 20 Midwestern and Northeastern States and the District of Columbia.

This site follows the framework of criteria, indicators, and metrics. Criteria define broad categories, or goals, for sustainable forest management. Each criterion has a specific group of indicators, which provide specific measurements. In turn, indicators often have metrics, which identify data used to measure the indicators.

Where to Start:

  1. To explore the data and additional resources, select “Sustainability C&I List” or one of the criteria to the left.

  2. To create a State, multistate, or regional data report for all 18 indicators, select "Create Report" to the left.

  3. Consult the tutorial available to the right under "Tools for this site" for additional tips on navigating and using this information system.

Feedback Request: You are encouraged to let us know of any errors, comments, or additional resources related to the indicators presented. Click on “Contact Us” at the top to submit questions or comments.

Recommended Citation:
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 2016. Forest sustainability indicators information system. [Database]. Newtown Square, PA: Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry. (November 17).

For full citation information for the data reported on this Web site, consult the technical note for the relevant metric.
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