Natural resource management refers to the management of natural resources such as land, water, soil, minerals, trees, plants, fish,and animals. The principle focus is on how management affects the quality of life for humans, wildlife, and ecosystems for present and future generations. Natural resource management corresponds with the concept of sustainable development, which is to say that efforts are made to provide recreation and resources from public lands for the present while conserving and preserving natural resources for the future.
Listed below are some of the resources that are managed on the National Forests and the methods of collecting information for managing those resources.
Some of the tools used to manage natural resources are vegetation and land classification and tree and vegetation inventories. The data from the classification and inventories is used to map and analyze the resources for fire control, resource utilization and conservation, wildlife and ecosystem preservation, and recreation use to name a few.
The Pacific Southwest Region’s (R5) Vegetation Ecology program consists of three components: Inventory, Mapping, and Classification. These interdependent components serve as the basis for analyzing vegetation resources and associated uses in this Region. Included in components are the Vegetation Inventory Data and Mapped Vegetation Tiles.