Northwest Forest Plan Monitoring
A collection of reports was published in 2005-2006 on the 10-year anniversary of the Plan. These reports attempt to answer questions about the effectiveness of the Plan from new monitoring and research results. The set includes a series of status and trend reports on older forests, northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet populations and habitats, watershed condition, government-to-government tribal relationships, socioeconomic conditions, and monitoring of project implementation under the Plan standards and guidelines. A synthesis report addresses questions about the effectiveness of the Plan by using the status and trends results and new research. It focuses on the validity of the Plan assumptions, differences between expectations and what actually happened, the certainty of the findings, and, finally, considerations for the future.
Science and the Northwest Forest Plan
A two-day science conference in Portland, Oregon during April, 2005 provided a venue for the discussion of monitoring and research results. Conference goals were to (1) develop awareness and understanding of science information from the Northwest Forest Plan monitoring programs, (2) describe advances in the state of knowledge over the last decade, and (3) explore policy and management implications of these findings. The conference’s audience of over 500 participants included policymakers, land managers, and resource specialists from federal agencies; and people from universities, state agencies, nongovernmental organizations and interested publics.