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Title: Assessing the Sustainability of Agricultural and Urban Forests in the United States

Author: Robertson, Guy; Mason, Andy.;

Date: 2016

Source: USDA Forest Service FS-1067, 75 pp.

Publication Series: Other

Description: The Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), published the National Report on Sustainable Forests-2010 (USDA Forest Service 2011) (hereafter, National Report) several years ago and will be releasing a subsequent version of the report in 2017. Based on the Montreal Process Criteria and Indicators for Forest Sustainability, the National Report provides information on a comprehensive range of measures related to forest conditions and sustainability in the United States. Two important categories of forest resources-agricultural and urban forests-are not treated directly in the National Report, however.
The current report is designed to augment the National Report by focusing on agricultural and urban forest resources within the context of national forest sustainability reporting. The report provides (1) a brief description of the benefits accruing from these resources; (2) displays and analyses of currently available data describing them, particularly at the national level; and (3) a discussion of potential strategies for developing consistent national datasets and ongoing reporting procedures. The ultimate aim is to lay the foundation for reporting information about agricultural and urban forests that is roughly comparable with the information presented for conventional forests in the National Report and that can be incorporated into the Forest Service’s ongoing forest sustainability reporting activities.

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Robertson, Guy; Mason, Andy (eds.). 2016. Assessing the Sustainability of Agricultural and Urban Forests in the United States. USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC, FS-1067. 75 pages.


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