The key goals of this process, as identified by DCR with stakeholder input, are:
Review the public benefits and values of DCR forest lands and examine their inter-relationships. These include: recreation, tourism, aesthetics, renewable forest products, habitat diversity, local economics, landscape ecology, water quality, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The desired outcome of this process is two-fold:
First, to build a common framework for stewardship of DCR forest lands on the public benefits and values involved and the productive sharing of information and varying points of view, and
Second, to generate recommendations regarding forest stewardship that are informed by this common understanding, respect public values, and are consistent with widely accepted science.