State Forest Action Plans
Healthy forests don’t happen by chance.
The 176 million acres of forest in the Northeast and Midwest provide clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation, jobs, forest products, and carbon storage.
Every ten years, each state, and the District of Columbia, create a State Forest Action Plan. Individually, the plans provide a state-level snapshot of current forest conditions and outline priorities and strategies.
When looked at as a whole, the 21 state forest action plans of the region create a road map of priorities, where common themes across the plans are identified, helping to guide work and focus resources for the next ten years.
2022 State Forest Action Plans Report
The 2020 State Forest Action Plans Report provides an overview of all 21 state forest action plans, outlining priorities to ensure healthy trees and forests into the future.
Common Themes in State Forest Action Plan Strategies
The common themes are important shared goals to focus collaboration over the next 10 years in support of healthy forests for the future. These common themes are all important (not listed by priority) and are highly interconnected.
- Communications and Education
- Collaboration and Partnerships
- Sustainable Forest Management of Private Lands
- Sustainable Forest Management of Public Lands
- Keep Forests as Forests
- Urban and Community Forest Management
- Forest Health
- Climate Change Adaptation and Carbon Management
- Clean Water
- Wildlife Habitat
- Wildfire and Prescribed Fire
- Forest Products and Markets
- Forest-Based Recreation
- Research, Assess, and Monitor