SEVENTH AMERICAN FOREST CONGRESS
Central Minnesota Roundtable
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of roundtable: 29 June 1995
Minnesota Environmental Initiative
2420 Rand Tower
527 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1324
Number of participants: 60
Vision for America's forests in a generation or two:
American forests are managed with primary consideration given to long-term
ecosystem integrity and sustainability and to sustain healthy economies and
human communities. Management decisions are based on credible science and
community values. The public understands and appreciates the forests and is
involved in and supports forest management decision.
Principles to achieve this vision are:
- ECOSYSTEM INTEGRITY: Recognize the diversity of forest-related biotic,
abiotic and social structures. The natural processes of ecosystems should be
maintained to ensure long-term forest resources sustainability.
- ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY VIABILITY: Resource decisions
based on sound, long-term visions can provide for economic viability and rural
community stability. Efficient resource use should be promoted in the context of
economic, community and natural resource sustainability. Owners and producers
should be economically rewarded for promoting sustainable forests.
- PRIVATE LANDS: Sound forestry practices should be encouraged on
private lands. Incentives and advice by professionals to loggers and
landowners may be necessary to encourage implementation. Landowner
rights must be based on responsible stewardship. At the same time,
society must exercise its interests with due respect for landowner rights.
- COORDINATION: Stakeholders must coordinate planning and
implementation of forest activities across all ownerships, at multiple
scales, in order to achieve healthy ecosystems and societies.
- GLOBAL CONTEXT: Healthy forests and forest management decisions
should be viewed in a national and global context if the United States is to
achieve environmental and economic vitality without centralized
government control. Open and diversified markets and industries that
lessen reliance on foreign markets and supplies should be encouraged.
- PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING: The public expresses its will
through the electoral and political processes. We should return to a more
participatory decision-making process that strengthens the roles of local
communities and rewards responsible actions while protecting individual
- EDUCATION: Natural resource education is imperative for sound forest
management. This education should reach all segments of the population.
Land managers also need effective continuing education to help them meet
the challenges of their jobs.
- NO NET LOSS: Policies and implementation work to ensure no net loss
For further information concerning the Central Minnesota Roundtable please contact:
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
1754 Old North Shore Road
Duluth, MN 55804
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