State Programs & Policies

Timber Assurance Resources by State

Documents relevant to timber assurance can be accessed by each clicking on each individual state. A description of the available documents is below.

Forest Action Plan

In 2010 the State Foresters delivered statewide assessments and strategies for forest resources to help advance this nationwide effort to protect and sustain healthy forests. Known as the Forest Action Plans, collectively these documents represent a strategic roadmap for America’s forests. The Forest Action Plans offer practical, long-term plans for investing state, federal, and other resources where they can be most effective in achieving national conservation goals.

Wildlife Action Plan

The Wildlife Action Plans identify species of greatest conservation need and their affiliated habitats. Each state Wildlife Action Plan also identifies priority research and conservation actions needed to address problems facing these species and habitats.

Best Management Practices for Water Quality

State forestry agency best management practices (BMPs) are effective, affordable, and practical measures implemented to protect water quality when undertaking silvicultural activities. Forestry BMPs have been evaluated, tested, revised, and adapted over time by each state. These BMPs programs are highly diverse to reflect the wide range of forested landscapes and unique state characteristics found throughout the country.

BMPs Monitoring Report

Each state BMPs monitoring report reflects a survey completed to help assess progress of individual states efforts. 

Forest Inventory Report

The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program is the nation's only comprehensive system for assessing the health and sustainability of the nation's forests across all ownerships. The FIA program collects data on everything from forest species composition, to forest growth rates, to forest health. The FIA program serves as the basis for monitoring trends in wildlife habitat, wildfire risk, insect and disease threats, predicting spread of invasive species and for solving many other resource questions.

Natural Heritage Program

Using collective data, states create natural heritage programs that have the most benefit for society and the economy while also having the least harmful ecological impact. Protects and conserves the natural heritage of the state.

Forest Stewardship Program

The Forest Stewardship Program equips landowners with the information and knowledge to sustainably manage their forests for current and future generations. Through technical assistance services for private forest landowners, the program supports sustainable forest management and provides forest products, wildlife habitat, clean water and air, jobs and opportunities for recreation. 

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Federated States of Micronesia

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American Samoa

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Republic of the Marshall Islands

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Northern Mariana Islands

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U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico