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, and insects and disease threats; predicting the spread of invasive species; addressing forest composition, structure, and inventory; and measuring growth versus removal.

BMPs Monitoring Report

Each state’s BMPs monitoring report reflects a survey completed to help assess progress of individual states efforts in implementing BMPs during forestry activities and measures their effectiveness after implemented.

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 BMP programs are highly diverse to reflect the wide range of forested landscapes and unique state characteristics found throughout the country.

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.

Forest Action Plan

In 2010, the nation's 59 state and territorial foresters delivered statewide assessments and strategies to help advance the protection and health of all forests. Known as Forest Action Plans, these documents collectively represent a strategic roadmap for America’s forests, state-by-state. The Forest Action Plans review state forest resources and offer practical, long-term plans for investing state, federal, and other resources where they can be most effective in achieving national conservation goals.

Forest Contractor Training and Education Programs

Today, many forest product companies require their suppliers and employees to receive continuing education and training from qualified professionals. For the most part, continuing education and training falls under the purview of state forestry associations or similar organizations. These organizations develop courses and offer them to forest contractors, provide certificates verifying attendance, and maintain records of attendance. This information is collected from states each year and summarized in an annual report - "

State Programs & Policies

 

Timber Assurance Resources by State

The U.S. federal government has empowered states with the rights to protect their forests through laws, regulations, and programs. This flexibility leads to a vast array of differing laws and oversight agencies found from state to state. However complex, there are at least seven uniform programs and policies found across all states and territories that provide a broad view of state forest sustainability.