Western North Carolina Report Card on Forest Sustainability

Forest Service science and NEMAC science delivery
The front cover of the Western North Carolina Report Card on Forest Sustainability

The U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Research Station partnered with NEMAC to create a regional report to guide decision makers. The Western North Carolina Report Card on Forest Sustainability, published in 2011, is a compilation of data available for the 18-county mountain region of western North Carolina in soft-bound book and online formats. The Report Card organizes this data using criteria based on the Montreal Protocol, an internationally agreed-upon set of criteria for measuring forest sustainability.

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The Report Card is aimed at local and regional decision makers and demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of economic, ecological, biological, and social information relevant to forest sustainability in the region. By evaluating how forests are being impacted by natural and man-made change, decision-making processes and policies informed by the Report Card can ensure that desired values are protected.

Trusted Source of Information

The U.S. Forest Service is the premier research organization for forest science. Data contained in the Report Card is from this trusted source, as well as the Southern Group of State Foresters, NC One Map, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and others.

Interactive Web Tools

The Report Card can be viewed in further detail online.

GIS Expertise

NEMAC gathered GIS data from multiple sources. Data was converted to a uniform and consistent scale for comparison across the criteria.

Request a Copy

To request a copy of the Western North Carolina Report Card on Forest Sustainability, please send your complete mailing address with the title (Western North Carolina Report Card on Forest Sustainability), author (Fox, Susan; Jackson, Bill; Jackson, Sarah [and others]), and publication number (GTR-SRS-142) to pubrequest@fs.fed.us.

Learn more about the expansion of the WNC Forest Report Card through the WNC Vitality Index at www.wncvitalityindex.org.