Ratings

Section: Ecosystem Health | Rating: Dynamic
Although some tree species such as eastern hemlock and flowering dogwood are currently in decline, the overall health of the forest is stable.
Section: Soil Water and Air | Rating: Stable
The region’s forest soils are in stable condition, with erosion occurring naturally at sustainable levels. However, increased erosion from steep slope and stream bank disturbance present a need for improved protection of the soil resource, thereby, ensuring ecosystem health and the prevention of injury, damage and disruption to communities. Recovery of nutrient losses from sensitive soils will probably take centuries unless mitigation measures are implemented.
Section: Carbon Cycle | Rating:
Section: Socioeconomic Benefits | Rating: Improving
Western North Carolina’s economy has been growing over the past four decades. Economic conditions vary considerably between the region and the state and within the region. Growth sectors include recreation and tourism, retirement and second homes, arts and crafts, vehicle parts assembly, metalworking, and chemicals and plastics.
Section: Policy | Rating: Improving
Federal, state, and local planning and monitoring programs are enabling the region to assess information and prepare for change.
Section: Production | Rating: Improving
Average annual removals drained less than 1 percent of the total inventory of growing stock trees while average annual net growth contributed 3.9 percent.
Section: Production | Rating: Stable
Saw timber size trees dominate the landscape while the loss of early successional stands is of concern.
Section: Production | Rating: Uncertain
The harvest level of non-timber forest products is largely undocumented. A sustainable management strategy and monitoring program is advisable.
Section: Production | Rating: Uncertain
Although the supply of harvest residue is abundant, a stable market for wood based energy production does not currently exist in Western North Carolina.
Section: Ecosystem Health | Rating: Dynamic
Although some tree species such as eastern hemlock and flowering dogwood are currently in decline, the overall health of the forest is stable.

Pages