Volume 1, Issue 4 - Fall 2008
Riitters Contributes to New National Environmental Reports
Kurt Riitters, EFETAC Forest Health Monitoring landscape ecologist, was a key contributor to two recently released assessments outlining current environmental conditions in the US. Both reports are based on scientific indicators that provide details about ecosystem characteristics. The State of the Nation's Ecosystems 2008, published by the Heinz Center, was compiled by experts from government, business, academia, and nonprofit environmental organizations. As a member of a working group focused on landscape patterns, Riitters developed material for several of the report’s indicators including forests, grasslands, agriculture, and urban patterns. The report is one of many projects by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Heinz Center intended to improve the scientific and economic foundations for environmental policy.
Riitters also developed the forest fragmentation indicator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Report on the Environment 2008 (EPA 2008 ROE) which explains and analyzes environmental trends in the U.S. The report is an important resource for the American people as well as a guide for the EPA to prioritize its work of improving the environment and, ultimately, human health.