The health of Western and Pacific island forests is the direct result of effective collaboration, sound policies and responsible management strategies.
Across the West and Pacific islands, forest health is in decline and faces long-term threats, including:
- Wildfire risk
- Forest pests, diseases and invasive species
- Human development
- Wide ranging effects of climate change
The risks that forests face threaten much more than the trees themselves. They also threaten the health of adjacent communities and economies, watersheds, wildlife habitats, and recreation areas.
The complex and multifaceted health problems Western forests face require active management to ensure ecological, economic and social sustainability.
CWSF, members and partners coordinate efforts across jurisdictional boundaries to mitigate the threat to natural resources, infrastructure and other values posed by forest health problems.