Dovetail Partners Releases 5-Year Review of Forest Action Plans and Effective Water Quality Protections

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Five-Year Review of Forest Action Plans and Effective Water Quality Protections

The 2008 Farm Bill included the requirement that forestry agencies in each state, U.S. territory and the District of Columbia develop assessments of the forests within their boundaries and strategies for addressing threats to these forests. The resulting Forest Action Plans, known technically as Statewide Forest Resource Assessments and Strategies, collectively provide a comprehensive strategic plan for the nation's forests and a roadmap to care for them. The plans were completed in 2010 and as of 2015 the plans developed by each state and U.S. territory are reaching their 5-year anniversary. The impacts and benefits of the strategies put forth in the plans are beginning to be measurable.

This report provides an overview of the Forest Action Plans and reviews the specific plans in three states and one island territory to evaluate accomplishments related to protecting water quality in the five years since they were completed. The Forest Action Plans are available in their entirety, along with supporting information, via the website: www.forestactionplans.org/

To download the full report, visit:

www.dovetailinc.org/report_pdfs/
2015/dovetailforestactionplans1115.pdf