Annual Report Keeps Finger on the Pulse of U.S. Forest Health
Annual reports describe the health of the nation’s forests, providing forest managers, scientists, and decision makers with current and relevant information about environmental stresses and land management issues impacting forest resources. The Southern Research Station recently published Forest Health Monitoring: National Status, Trends, and Analysis 2015, the 15th in a series of these reports that summarize forest conditions from the prior year. With support from Forest Service Forest Health Protection and the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, an ongoing cooperative arrangement between the Eastern Threat Center and North Carolina State University (NCSU) enables Center scientists to collaborate with NCSU researchers and Forest Health Specialists to produce the annual reports. Each report synthesizes data from a variety of sources to provide an overview of forest health at regional to national reporting scales. Individual chapters, contributed by specialists nationwide, address a wide variety of forest health topics such as drought, geographic hotspots of insect and disease occurrences, large-scale patterns of wildland fire, forest fragmentation, tree mortality, and invasive plants. The annual reports also include a summary of special investigations funded by Forest Service Forest Health Protection to provide more detailed information about specific forest health problems and threats. Because they are national in scope and consistent over time, the reports are a guide to forest health trends and provide quantitative baselines for detecting forest health changes over time.
Pictured: The Southern Research Station recently published Forest Health Monitoring: National Status, Trends, and Analysis 2015, the 15th in a series of these reports that summarize forest conditions from the prior year.
Potter, Kevin M.; Conkling, Barbara L., eds. 2016. Forest health monitoring: national status, trends, and analysis 2015. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-213. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 199 p.
Forest Service Partners/Collaborators: Forest Health Protection; Forest Inventory and Analysis
External Partners/Collaborators: North Carolina State University
Contact: Kevin Potter