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U.S. Timber Products Monitoring: Background and Future DirectionsWood product markets affect forest sector jobs, shape the composition and structure of future forests, and are strong drivers of investments in forest management. Monitoring timber products is key to understanding the current utilization of raw material to support these markets. In the United States, timber product monitoring started in 1809 and the USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis program has led this monitoring since 1948. Estimates from timber products monitoring have provided the essential foundation for U.S. timber market analyses and projections, sustainability, policy analysis, and local wood basket analysis of potential market expansion. Here I present background information on timber products monitoring in the United States and provide information on future directions. Presented by John Coulston, USDA Forest Service, at the 2019 SAF National Convention, Louisville, KY.
U.S. Timber Products Monitoring: Background and Future Directions
Bringing Partners Together to Engage Rural Communities and Facilitate Native Alaskan Traditional Forest UseThe Tongass National Forest includes most of southeast Alaska and supports rural subsistence activities and traditional lifeways for Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Alaska Natives. High-value wood from this forest has been used for centuries in the creation of cultural commodities, yet climatic and human-related impacts may affect distribution and access to species essential for maintaining a robust cultural way of life, especially Alaskan yellow cedar (Callitropsis nootkatensis), western red cedar (Thuja plicata), and Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis). Furthermore, the 2016 Tongass Land Management Plan aims to conserve resources of heritage value used for Native craft, but little is currently known of the threats to access and supply of these culturally important resources to Alaska Native people, making it difficult to meet this need. We assembled an interdisciplinary team of federal, university, non-profit, educational, and tribal partners to assess needs and stimulate multigenerational cultural knowledge transfer. In this project we are developing better understanding of forest resource types essential for sustaining cultural lifeways, and of the concerns communities have for future resource availability. We engaged with local cultural leaders, provided opportunities for student involvement in forest research and cultural art forms, and developed a high-school science curriculum to transfer knowledge and raise awareness in a systematic format. The outcomes of this project provide useful touchstones for better integrating traditional knowledge and needs prevalent in rural communities into forest management plans and educational strategies to foster the sustainability of cultural heritage. Presented by Justin Crotteau, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, at the 2019 SAF National Convention, Louisville, KY.
Bringing Partners Together to Engage Rural Communities and Facilitate Native Alaskan Traditional Forest Use
Water Management and Inventory and Monitoring Providing Needed Data to Decision MakersForest management has long identified with the production of water as a fundamental human need. The creation of the earliest United States forest reserves around 1905-1910 codified this need in their enabling legislation and societal discussions of values at that time. Congressional direction for administration of the forest reserves, now called national forests, began in 1897 with passage of the Organic Administration Act. One of the defined purposes for which forest lands were set aside from settlement was “securing favorable conditions of water flow” (Glasser, 2007). The intrinsic and aesthetic human needs for forests and water, with working ecological systems of natural resistance to erosion and soil loss demonstrate that “Trees Are the Answer” and watershed management is complimentary to sustainable active forest management. Inventory and Monitoring gives all land management agencies critical information, GIS layers, and location details to both quantify and characterize the landscape. The National Park Service has supported a GIS enabled vegetation mapping collection since 1994 when it teamed up with ESRI and the Nature Conservancy to map 5 prototype Parks. Successes include completed mapping of 10 million acres, 8.5 million acres underway in 2019, 12 million acres of projects to yet to complete. The National Park Service identified a critical need for future vegetation data. What data, when, and at what scale are critical inventory elements. The synthesis of these data with potential water improvements, wildlife habitat, and fuels concerns are active and needed management decision making elements. These serve public need and healthy forests too. Presented by Karl Brown, US National Park Service, at the 2019 SAF National Convention, Louisville, KY.
Water Management and Inventory and Monitoring Providing Needed Data to Decision Makers
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