The pursuit of sustainable forest management requires ongoing review. Criteria are standards that show when positive activities are occurring. Some of these may include but are not limited to: conserving a range of species, maintaining or improving the forest's health and yield, or, having several benefits to society. Indicators are the measurements (either quantitative or qualitative) that give insight to the forest's condition and/or how the area is changing. They may include measurements of: species, genetic and ecosystem diversity; presence of disturbance or stress; policy and protection factors; its yields; non-timber forest values; or, Aboriginal involvement. These are only some of the indicators that can be measured. Together, criteria and indicators provide valuable knowledge to the health of the forest and if the current management system is working effectively. These can be measured either locally or on larger scales.
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