SEVENTH AMERICAN FOREST CONGRESS

Many Voices - - A Common Vision



Summary Report

Vision Elements


The Forest Congress participants received seven elements of a vision from the pre-Congress meetings and submissions. These were recrafted, and new elements added. After two tallies on levels of agreement, the draft elements were recrafted into the following 13 elements.

In the tally of these vision elements, Forest Congress participants were instructed to "indicate your level of affirmation using the green, yellow, or red indication" defined as:

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.


In the future our forests . . .


1. ...will be held in a variety of public, private, tribal, land grant, and trust ownerships by owners whose rights, objectives, and expectations are respected and who understand and accept their responsibilities as stewards.

1.Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green91090%
Yellow667%
Red313%
Total1007100%


2. ...will be enhanced by policies that encourage both public and private investment in long-term sustainable forest management.


2.Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green89989%
Yellow656%
Red455%
Total1009100%


3. ...will sustainably provide a range of goods, services, experiences, and values that contribute to community wellbeing, economic opportunity, social and personal satisfaction, spiritual and cultural fulfillment, and recreational enjoyment.


3.Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green88788%
Yellow848%
Red374%
Total1008100%

4. ...will be maintained and enhanced across the landscape, expanding through reforestation and restoration where ecologically, economically, and culturally appropriate, in order to meet the needs of an expanding human population.


4.Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green86185%
Yellow10010%
Red485%
Total1009100%

5. ...will be shaped by natural forces and by human actions that reflect the wisdom and values of an informed and engaged public, community and social concerns, sound scientific principles, local and indigenous knowledge, and the need to maintain options.


5.Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green84784%
Yellow11111%
Red485%
Total1006100%

6. ...will be managed consistent with strategies and policies that foster forest integrity and maintain a broad range of ecological, economic, and social values and benefits.


6.Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green79579%
Yellow14314%
Red687%
Total1006100%

7. ...will be sustainable, support biological diversity, maintain ecological and evolutionary processes, and be highly productive.


7.Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green75275%
Yellow18518%
Red737%
Total1010100%

8. ...will contribute to strong and vital rural and urban communities that benefit from, protect, and enhance the forests in their vicinity.


8.Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green74874%
Yellow15716%
Red10410%
Total1009100%

9. ...will be managed with consideration for the global implications of land stewardship.


9.Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green69769%
Yellow16517%
Red14314%
Total1005100%

10. ...will maintain their essential role in protecting watersheds and aquatic systems.


10.Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green68368%
Yellow14314%
Red18418%
Total1010100%

11. ...will be acknowledged as vital by citizens who are knowledgeable and involved in stewardship and who appreciate the contribution of forests to the economic and environmental quality of life.


11.Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green67867%
Yellow20821%
Red12312%
Total1009100%

12. ...will be managed on the basis of a stewardship ethic with respect, reverence, and humility.


12.Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green54454%
Yellow19219%
Red27127%
Total1007100%


13. ...will provide a sustainable level of products and benefits that satisfy society's needs because contributions from more efficient utilization, recycling, and other efforts reduce consumption.


13.Level of
Agreement
ParticipantsPercent
Green34034%
Yellow30931%
Red35935%
Total1008100%


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