The Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment reports on the status and trends of the Nation's renewable resources on all forest and rangelands, as required by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974. The USDA Forest Service has conducted natural resource analyses for over a century. The 1974 RPA legislation established a periodic reporting requirement and broadened the coverage to all renewable resources on U.S. forests and rangelands. The RPA Assessment includes analyses of forests, rangelands, wildlife and fish, biodiversity, water, outdoor recreation, wilderness, urban forests, and the effects of climate change on these resources.
Update to the 2010 RPA Assessment
The most current assessment,Future of America's Forests and Rangelands: Update to the Forest Service 2010 Resources Planning Act Assessment, is available online. View the one pagefact sheet. This report is an interim update to the 2010 RPA Assessment. It builds upon the 2010 RPA Assessment and provides more recent information and new analyses about resource conditions and trends on the Nation's forests and rangelands. The RPA Update Assessment examines how land development, climate change, and natural disturbances continue to influence the extent, pattern, and conditions of forest and rangeland ecosystems. The interaction of socioeconomic and biophysical drivers affects the productivity of forest and rangeland ecosystems and their ability to meet increasing demands for goods and services. These effects vary regionally and locally, requiring flexible adaptation and management strategies.
The information in the Update to the 2010 RPA Assessment is supported by a variety of publications, including Forest Service General Technical Reports (GTRs) and journal articles. The supporting GTRs are posted on theUpdate to the 2010 RPA Assessmentpublication page.