Western Landscapes Conservation Series Forest conservation and sustainability issues download landscape policy recommendations in PDF format
Policies for a sustainable West

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Forest Recommendations: Overview

Western forests provide a wide range of ecological goods and services, including watershed protection and carbon sequestration, as well as a potentially sustainable supply of timber and other products. With sound management, they can sustain wildlife populations, moderate wildfires and protect communities, and provide recreational opportunities for a growing population. They serve as invaluable sources for wildlife habitat preservation, countless recreational opportunities, and they may potentially supply a sustainable source of timber.

Current forest management priorities are hotly contested, and management plans are often the subject of appeals and litigation. This gridlock has resulted, in part, from a failure to to strike an appropriate balance between differing public values. The time has come to establish a new set of priorities for federal forest management that explicitly values ecosystem services, guided by a vision of sustainability.