Ensure the long-term integrity of forest ecosystems that comprise the nation's nonfederal forests, actively addressing conditions that diminish their ability to contribute to the well-being of the nation's citizens (Chapter 5).
Fundamental sustainability of the ecosystems that are a part of nonfederal forests is critical to the ecosystems' provision of the range of goods and services that Americans expect both now and in the future. The ecosystem stress that can be caused by forest fragmentation, land conversion, air pollutants, climatic change, insects and diseases, and the like must be addressed if the long-term viability of nonfederal forests is to be sustained. Failure to anticipate and to take action to deal with conditions such as these will certainly impede the ability of nonfederal forests to make continuous and important contributions to the nation. This consideration points to the following specific recommendations:
Improve the ability of the federal government to focus on the national interest in nonfederal forests, especially the ability to identify national interests in nonfederal forests and to deliver programs and support that will enable accomplishment of these national interests (Chapter 6).