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Northwest Forest Plan, the First 10 Years (1994-2003) [electronic resource]: First-Decade Results of the Northwest Forest Plan

Valerie Rapp
Format
EBook; Book; Government Document; Online
Published
Portland, OR : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, [2008]
Language
English
Variant Title
First-decade results of the Northwest Forest Plan
Series
General Technical Report PNW
SuDoc Number
A 13.88:PNW-GTR-720
Abstract
The Northwest Forest Plan (the Plan) was developed in 1994 to resolve debates over old-growth forests and endangered species on federal forests in the range of the northern spotted owl. In 2005, federal agencies reviewed the first 10 years under the Plan to learn what worked and what did not, what changed, and what new information or surprises might influence these forests in the future. I highlight the monitoring results and new science from that review. Following are some of the key findings. Nearly all existing older forest habitat on federal land was protected from timber harvest. Older forest on federal land had a net increase of over 1 million acres in the first 10 years of the Plan. Despite protection of northern spotted owl habitat on federal land, spotted owl populations declined at a greater rate than expected in the northern half of their range, likely because of barred owl competition, climate, and the changing condition of historical habitat. Watershed condition improved slightly, because of reduced harvest in riparian areas, tree growth, and increased emphasis on restoration. Federal timber harvest in the Plan area averaged only 54 percent of Plan goals. In spite of mitigation measures, some local communities near federal lands had job losses and other adverse effects. State, federal, and tribal governments worked together on forest issues better than they ever had before. Increased collaboration with communities changed how the agencies get work done.
Description
42 p. : HTML, digital, PDF file.
Mode of access: Internet via the USDA Forest Service web site. Address as of 12/11/08: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/publications/pnw%5fgtr720/ ; current access available via PURL.
Notes
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Oct. 7, 2008).
  • "January 2008."
  • Includes bibliographical references.
Series Statement
General technical report PNW ; GTR-720
General technical report PNW ; 720
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