Department of Natural Resources
Follow-up monitoring of State Forest plans is conducted to assess how well plans were implemented. Monitoring is also conducted to assess the condition of the forest; the degree to which management goals, objectives, and desired future conditions have been met and achieved; and the social and ecological impacts of management activities. Monitoring is also necessary for compliance with forest certification standards for sustainable forest management.
Objective 20 of the Requirements for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) 2010-2014 Program requires monitoring to measure and report performance in achieving the commitment to sustainable forestry. This is largely addressed through the DNR Management Review System, which is a review process for recording, evaluating and reporting nonconformance with forest certification standards and related DNR forest certification instructions. This process has three components:
These reports are compiled and can be viewed on the DNR Management Review and Corrective Actions web page.
Criterion 8.2 of the July 8, 2010 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) US Forest Management Standard (v1.0) requires monitoring for several elements of forest management, with the monitoring results for each provided as inset bullets: