For the last 20 years, researchers from North Carolina State University and the USDA Forest Service have cooperated annually to track the status and trends of forest health across the United States.
The latest installment of the annual reports, sponsored by the Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) program of the USDA Forest Service and published by the Southern Research Station, was released in July 2021. This report, the only national summary of forest health undertaken on an annual basis, encompasses both national assessments as well as focused regional analysis.
Scientists from across the Forest Service as well as university researchers, state partners, and many other experts contributed to the 2020 report, which is available as a General Technical Report titled Forest Health Monitoring: National Status, Trends, and Analysis 2020.
Kevin Potter, a North Carolina State University scientist supported by the Southern Research Station, edited the 2020 report with fellow NCSU scientist Barbara Conkling. Each year, data from the previous year are used to inform the current year’s report.
Individual report chapters are available for download, along with the full series of FHM annual reports since 2001. Users can search reports and chapters by year or topic. Highlights and additional resources are also included.
Potter, Conkling, and the other authors have completed a draft of the 2021 FHM report and expect its publication in the spring or summer of 2022.
February 1, 2022