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Statewide Forest Action Plan Part 1:Statewide Forest Assessment 2010

The Statewide Forest Assessment 2010, the first part of the Statewide Forest Action Plan, presents a comprehensive analysis of the conditions, trends, threats and opportunities impacting Wisconsin's forests. The Assessment, which fills in the blueprint laid out by Wisconsin's Forest Sustainability Framework, is a bellwether of the state's forest sustainability. It does not set desired conditions; rather, it provides the knowledge to set goals and strategies for managing our forests. Read the formal introduction [PDF] to the Statewide Forest Assessment.

How to use the Statewide Forest Assessment

The Assessment consists of sets of data and conclusions drawn from those data. Together, these provide a database of succinct, comprehensive and scientifically sound figures on the current state and sustainability of Wisconsin's forests. The data are organized into seven criteria described in the Forest Sustainability Framework.

Criterion 1: Conservation of biological diversity

Criterion 2: Maintenance of productive capacity of forest ecosystems

Criterion 3: Maintenance of forest health and vitality

Criterion 4: Conservation and maintenance of soil and water resources

Criterion 5: Maintenance of forest contribution to global carbon cycles

Criterion 6: Socioeconomic benefits of forests and ecosystem services

Criterion 7: Legal and institutional framework for conservation and sustainable management

Priority landscapes and issues

This section describes Wisconsin’s priority landscapes and issues [PDF], areas of the state that are management priorities based on the following six issues:

  1. Managing and reducing threats to forest and ecosystem health
  2. Urban forests
    • Increasing urban forest canopy cover
    • Improving communities urban forest management
  3. Wildfire
    • Reducing wildfire risk across the state
    • Assisting communities at risk of wildfire
  4. Actively and sustainably managing forests
  5. Managing for ecosystem services
  6. Maintaining and enhancing economic benefits from forests

Appendices and glossary

Last revised: Monday September 28 2015