Ratings

Section: Soil Water and Air | Rating:
Section: Soil Water and Air | Rating:
Section: Soil Water and Air | Rating: Improving
Much effort has been put forth over the last four decades to improve air quality. Reduction in emissions of sulfates and nitrogen oxides, fine particulates, and organic compounds has reduced ozone levels and improved ambient air quality. High elevation sites, however, continue to experience significant pollution exposure. Visibility conditions are expected to continue to improve over the next fifty years.
Section: Socioeconomic Benefits | Rating: At Risk
The recreation resource in the region is recognized as outstanding with activities such as bicycling and whitewater boating ranked world class. With projected demand increasing, public agencies, who manage many of the highest use areas, are struggling to protect, maintain and restore sites.
Section: Socioeconomic Benefits | Rating:
Section: Socioeconomic Benefits | Rating: Stable
Annual variation in roundwood production closely mirrors national economic trends. The region has seen a variable trend in output and value over the last fifteen years, however, a downward trend has dominated since 2003. Because the region’s forests are reaching maturing, an increase in the available volume of high value sawtimber and veneer logs is expected for the next several decades.
Section: Socioeconomic Benefits | Rating:
Section: Socioeconomic Benefits | Rating: Improving
The contribution of arts and crafts to the regional economy is significant and is considered an industry with a demonstrated competitive advantage relative to the rest of the state and the nation. With over 100 spiritual retreats, the region continues to offer the opportunity to experience the mysteries of the natural world.
Section: Policy | Rating:
Section: Policy | Rating: Stable
Current statutes help limit environmental degradation and provide guidance on best management practices, however, erosion on steep slopes; septic system failures; and air and water quality remain issues of concern.

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