Title: Northeastern Area State And Private Forestry Strategic Plan Update for Fiscal Years 2008-2012
Author: USDA, Forest Service, Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry
Publication: United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry, 11 Campus Boulevard, Suite 200 Newtown Square, PA 19073, NA-FR-02-07, November 2007
Abstract: The Northeastern Area, as an administrative unit of the State and Private Forestry branch of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, serves the 20 Midwestern and Northeastern States and District of Columbia. Of the 170 million acres of forest land in the region, some 140 million acres are in private ownership, constituting one of the largest concentrations of privately owned forests in the world. The 20 States served by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry (NA) also comprise the most densely populated region of the nation.
As the region's population grows, its urban centers expand, increasing the demand on the land and its resources. So, although 41 percent of the region is forested, there are just 1.4 acres of forest land to meet the needs of each person living in the Northeast and Midwest. In addition, across the region NA is losing approximately 350 acres of forest land a day; according to Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) reports (38). This loss is expected to accelerate over the next 30 years to nearly 900 acres per day (40).
When trying to balance the needs of society with the protection and management of natural resources, difficult sustainability issues emerge. To address these issues, the Northeastern Area works in partnership with State forestry agencies, Tribal governments, and other public and private organizations to influence the wise management, protection, and sustainable use of urban and rural natural resources. These partnerships help sustain forests, enhance air and water quality, protect communities, and contribute to people's relationship with nature
NA contributes to these partnerships by providing financial support and professional expertise; and by protecting and enhancing forest health on both Federal and non-Federal forest lands. The overarching strategy for all of NA's work is influence. Influence is about leverage-using a little to achieve a lot. The principle of leverage is attributed to Archimedes, who once said, "Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth!" As daunting as our mission may appear, the Northeastern Area is able to meet the challenge by applying its understanding of leverage. Strategically investing seed money here and applying new technology there have far-reaching effects!
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