SEVENTH AMERICAN FOREST CONGRESS

Many Voices - - A Common Vision



Summary Report

Revised Principles


The Forest Congress participants were presented with 19 Draft Principles. Working groups were established to recraft the principles before a canvass on levels of agreement was taken of all the participants. Two of the 19 principles were broken into two revised principles, creating a total of 21. The 21 revised principles are listed in order of level of agreement, from most agreement to least.

At the top of each of the 19 sheets that listed the principles to be tallied, the participants were instructed to: "Please indicate your agreement (green); your sense of un-ease or lack of information (yellow); or your disagreement (red); for each potential principle. Do this for each potential principle as a stand alone point, even if they overlap."

Green: Agreement, include as a vision element.
Yellow: Mixed feelings, but willing to accept as a vision element.
Red: Disagreement, do not include as a vision element.



1. Ensure that open and continuous dialogue is maintained and encouraged among all parties interested in forests.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green96088%
Yellow817%
Red505%
Total1091100%

2. Voluntary cooperation and coordination among individuals, landowners, communities, organizations, and governments is encouraged to achieve shared ecosystems goals.


Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green92485%
Yellow979%
Red706%
Total1091100%


3. Cohesive and stable policies, programs, and incentives should be available to allow forest owners and managers to sustain and enhance forests.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green91084%
Yellow11511%
Red626%
Total1087100%



4. Science-based information is accessible and understandable, distributed in a timely manner, and contributes to forest policy and management.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green88180%
Yellow14313%
Red737%
Total1097100%


5. Comprehensive, integrated, and well-organized research is well funded. It is designed and conducted in collaboration with stakeholders to ensure for society the countless benefits of our forest ecosystems. Knowledge and technology products are effectively distributed, tested, and implemented.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green83476%
Yellow13412%
Red12511%
Total1093100%


6. All differences in goals and objectives of public, private, and tribal forest owners are recognized and respected. Forest owners, including the general public, recognize and embrace both the rights and responsibilities of ownership. All forest owners acknowledge that public interests (e.g., air, water, fish, and wildlife) exist on private lands and private interests (e.g., timber sales and recreation) exist on public lands.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green80975%
Yellow16615%
Red11010%
Total1085100%


7. Urban and community forest ecosystems will be valued, enhanced, expanded, and perpetuated.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green80974%
Yellow16915%
Red12011%
Total1098100%


8. People's actions should ensure that the management of forests should sustain ecosystem structure, functions, and processes at the appropriate temporal and spatial levels.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green76370%
Yellow21720%
Red11310%
Total1093100%


9. Forestry policy and management decisions must reflect the interdependence of diverse urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green75569%
Yellow18317%
Red15314%
Total1091100%


10. Forests provide a broad range of social, environmental, cultural, and economic resources and benefits.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green72567%
Yellow21520%
Red14613%
Total1086100%


11. Forests are a global resource that sustain the health of the planet and its inhabitants. Our forest stewardship must recognize the trends of global population; consequential supply and demand; and the potential for ecological, social, and economic impacts worldwide. We will actively seek to learn from the global community.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green70865%
Yellow18217%
Red19418%
Total1084100%


12. All federal public lands should be maintained for present and future generations and managed in accordance with national laws. Changes in those laws should be pursued through an open legislative process that allows the airing of views by the public.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green70465%
Yellow17116%
Red21620%
Total1091100%


13. People's actions should ensure factual information and education concerning forests be readily available, engaging, and actively disseminated to all.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green66261%
Yellow22320%
Red20319%
Total1088100%


14. Land area covered by forests is maintained and potentially increased.


Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green58153%
Yellow27025%
Red23822%
Total1089100%


15. Forestry decisions should take into account the concerns of an increasingly diverse US population, as well as the needs of the forests, while linking benefits and responsibilities within the communities.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green54750%
Yellow28326%
Red25724%
Total1087100%


16. Forests are sustained and their integrity is maintained with respect, reverence, and humility.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green53549%
Yellow21420%
Red33231%
Total1081100%


17. Native biological diversity is maintained and enhanced.* (*Biological diversity of life and its processes, including the variety of living organisms and the genetic differences among them, as well as the variety of habitats, communities, ecosystems, and landscapes in which they occur‹Keystone Center, 1991).

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green53349%
Yellow23722%
Red31629%
Total1086100%


18. The forest related options that are available today shall be maintained for future generations.


Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green48845%
Yellow28826%
Red31429%
Total1090100%


19. Interdependence of people and forests is recognized and respected, including the important contribution forests make to social, economic, and community well-being, and the responsibility of communities to support balanced stewardship of all forest values.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green47544%
Yellow27725%
Red33631%
Total1088100%


20. Consistent with sound democratic principles and responsible forest management, Public Law 104-19, Section 2001 (The Emergency Salvage Rider to the Rescissions Bill) should be repealed.


Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green25223%
Yellow11311%
Red71166%
Total1076100%


21. In discussing this issue, the convened group felt strongly that the issue of active participation of diverse socioeconomic and cultural populations is a critical principal requiring more thoughtful deliberation. Active and informed participation by people of all cultures and socioeconomic levels enriches and is imperative for balanced, equitable, and viable forest decisions and practices.

Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green24823%
Yellow26524%
Red57153%
Total1084100%



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