Introduction: Forest Health Monitoring 2008 National Technical Report
Potter, K.M. 2012. Introduction. Chapter 1 in K.M. Potter and B.L. Conkling, eds., Forest Health Monitoring 2008 National Technical Report. General Technical Report SRS-158. Asheville, North Carolina: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 9-19. Healthy ecosystems are those that are stable and sustainable, able to maintain their organization and autonomy over time while remaining resilient to stress (Costanza 1992). The Forest Health Monitoring Program
... nitoring Program (FHM) of the U.S. Forest Service, with its cooperating researchers within and outside the Forest Service, quantifies the health of U.S. forests within the context of the sustainable forest management criteria and indicators outlined in the Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests (Montréal Process Working Group 2007). The analyses and results outlined in this FHM annual national technical report offer a snapshot of the current condition of U.S. forests from a national or a multi-state regional perspective, incorporating baseline investigations of forest ecosystem health, examination of change over time in forest health metrics, and the assessment of developing threats to forest stability and sustainability. Several chapters also describe new techniques for analyzing forest health data as well as new applications of established techniques. Finally, this report presents results from recently completed evaluation monitoring (EM) projects that have been funded through the FHM national program to determine the extent, severity and/or causes of forest health problems (Forest Health Monitoring 2008).