Join the Roundtable on Sustainable Forests Webinars

The Forest Service is working with scientists from around the country to compile and analyze data for the National Report on Sustainable Forests. This report is the review from the United States on how the Nation’s forests are doing based on the 7 Criteria and 54 Indicators for Sustainable Forests put forth by the Montreal Process. (Credit: Dandog77, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TypicalDriftless.jpg)

Before the review draft is even released, YOU have the opportunity to attend a series of webinars presented by national leaders for each criterion section, as well as to hear from Dr. Guy Robertson, the editor of the National Report.

Participating in these webinars will allow you to achieve the following:

  • Learn about the indicators that help us understand how our forests are doing for each criterion.
  • Discover the initial findings that researchers are seeing as they evaluate the last 5 years of data since the 2010 report.
  • Discuss with the lead researchers of each criterion what they’re finding and what it means.
  • Help shape the conclusions and perspectives presented in the final report.

Each 60-minute webinar provides an initial glimpse into the data while highlighting topics for conversation on the Sustainable Forests Roundtable site and on social media, including the Sustainable Forests Roundtable Dialog on Facebook.

We invite you to take this opportunity to have a “sneak preview” of data from the upcoming National Report on Sustainable Forests. The criteria leads for each of the seven criteria (including Forest Products Laboratory economist Ted Bilek) will be presenting on the data they are collecting, and share initial interesting results they are finding. It will also be an opportunity to give feedback and reflect on each criterion and the indicators that relate to it–feedback that will then be used to help determine the content of the final report.

To learn more and register for webinars, visit the Roundtable on Sustainable Forests Webinar webpage.

About the Report

The National Report on Sustainable Forests provides a comprehensive assessment of forests in the United States across the ecological, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability. Close to 30 Forest Service scientists and university collaborators are contributing to the 2015 edition of the report. Other forestry professionals and concerned individuals are helping to inform the National Report through their ongoing participation in the Sustainable Forest Roundtable, a national, open-membership stakeholder group devoted to promoting sustainable forest reporting and management in the United States.

Using the Montréal Process Criteria and Indicators for Forest Sustainability as a foundation, the National Report combines summary analysis with hard data on specific aspects of forest ecosystems, data on topics such as forest area and biodiversity measures, forest carbon sequestration, the social and economic benefits supplied by forests, and the institutions through which we manage them. In fact, one of the main purposes of the National Report is to make these data as accessible as possible so that people can come to their own conclusions about forest conditions and sustainability.