The Western North Carolina Report Card on Forest Sustainability is the product of a collaborative partnership between the USDA Forest Service’s Southern Research Station and the University of North Carolina at Asheville’s NEMAC. This Report Card provides a current picture of economic, ecological, biological, and social information relevant to the region. By evaluating how forests are impacted by natural and human-caused change, the Report Card can have a positive impact on decision-making processes and policies.

Forests are important all over the globe. The Report Card is organized around the Montreal Process Criteria and Indicators, recognized internationally as the standard for measuring forest sustainability. These criteria include indicators describing sustainable management of temperate and boreal forests (see http://www.rinya.maff.go.jp/mpci for more details). For each criterion, a series of maps provides current data on the 18-county focus area.

For the purpose of the Report Card, the definition of sustainability is that put forth in US Executive Order 13423 Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management, January 26, 2007: “Sustainable” means to create and maintain conditions, under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans.

Copyright 2010
U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station

Authors – USDA Forest Service

Susan Fox, Bill Jackson, Sarah Jackson, Gary Kauffman, Mary Carol Koester, Robert Mera, Terry Seyden, Charles Van Sickle

Authors – UNC Asheville

Price Chipley, Jim Fox, Jeff Hicks, Matt Hutchins, Karin Lichtenstein, Kelsie Nolan, Todd Pierce, Beth Porter

Maps – UNC Asheville

Greg Dobson, Jeff Hicks, Kelsie Nolan, Todd Pierce, Beth Porter, Leejah Ross

Graphics – UNC Asheville

Jeff Hicks, Josh Miller, Kelsie Nolan, Bridget O’Hara, Beth Porter

Charts – UNC Asheville

Jeff Hicks, Kelsie Nolan, Bridget O’Hara, Beth Porter

Layout – UNC Asheville

Nina Hall, Jeff Hicks, Josh Miller, Bridget O’Hara, Susan Weatherford

Web Designers – UNC Asheville

Todd Pierce, Christina Papandrea, Amber Ramirez, Marinus Tahu, Caroline Dougherty

Maps included are for general reference purposes only and contain no legal representation.