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Indicator Description
  Description of the Information in Each Indicator
The First Approximation Report is designed as a reference tool for people that want to find out what data and information is available to describe an indicator of sustainability. The indicators in Criteria 1 – 6 are all structured to provide similar useful information. Rather than reading through the entire text, users can quickly find the information they need by referring to the sections described below.
Rationale: This section explains the importance of the indicator relative to sustainability and outlines what might be learned by quantitative or qualitative review.
Can This Indicator Be Quantified: If quantitative data is available it is included and discussed. If there is no data available, a discussion of available literature on the subject is included.
Trends: Data trends are displayed, or if specific data does not exist, trends identified in the literature review are presented.
Data Source and Availability: This section includes citations stating who produced the data, and specific references to where the data can be obtained, such as the name of an organization, publication, or website address. The frequency of data collection and distribution (i.e., annual, etc.), is given and other information is discussed, such as whether the data is published or obtained informally from someone, and whether the data is public domain, copy-written, for sale, etc.
Reliability of Data: An estimate of the quality of the data is included. This may be a formal accuracy assessment, or more subjective statements about the methods used to collect the data.
Scale: Information included states the geographic extent of the data, and the scale it is collected at (i.e. 1:100,000 etc.)
Recommended Action For Data Collection: If data is insufficient to describe the indicator, a recommendation of what it might take to get an accurate description is given.
Definitions: A description of the terms used in text is included.
Selected References: This section includes specific references to journal articles in the text, or references to where an interested reader might find more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  How do I use the arrow buttons at the top of many of the pages?

A.  The arrow buttons are provided to simplify navigation. You may use the up arrows to return to parent pages. For example, the up arrow on Criterion 2 Indicator 12 will take you to the Criterion 2 page. The left and right arrows will move you back and forward through related pages. The right arrow on Criterion 2 Indicator 12, for example, will take you to Criterion 2 Indicator 13. If you hold your mouse over any of the arrows, they will display their destination.

File Types
ExcelMicrosoft Excel spreadsheets contain sheets of data, charts and graphs.
AccessMicrosoft Access files are databases of information.
Acrobat(PDF)Adobe Acrobat files are made from the many maps used in the first approximation report. If your browser has Acrobat Reader installed, the maps will automatically open in your browser window. The map files are large, but very detailed and allow you to zoom in on small areas.
Readers are available from Adobe® Systems and are freeware. For questions about loading Adobe® Acrobat® Reader software onto your computer, or for technical assistance, please contact Adobe® Systems.
GIF/JPEGThese are graphic files. They should open automatically in your browser window, and can be saved to your local machine.
E00Map files containing detailed information. These files require Arch Info to view. For faster download, they have been compressed into zip format.
DATThese are companion files for the E00 files. They should be downloaded with E00's when available.

About FAR
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The First Approximation Report is Oregon´s Report on the Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests developed through the Montreal Process. The Montreal Process is an internationally sponsored initiative that identified seven criteria as essential components of sustainable forest management. Sixty-seven indicators are used to describe these seven criteria. This report outlines the availability of data needed to describe the indicators.

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