These questions about forest sustainability demonstrate the strong ties among the environmental, social, and economic aspects of forests. In order to manage our forests for long-term sustainability, we need good information to guide our management decisions.
Sustainability assessments are conducted to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the wide range of conditions that affect forest sustainability. Criteria and indicators are often used to assess and plan for forest sustainability. The criteria define broad categories, or goals, for sustainable forest management and the indicators provide specific measurements within each criterion. The Northeastern Area and the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters have agreed to monitor a base set of 18 forest sustainability indicators.