Vital Sign Indicators Program

The purpose of the Vital Sign Indicators (VSI) program is to evaluate the long-term health of scenic, natural, cultural, and recreation resources, and local economies, of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Vital Sign Indicators are high-level measures that guide assessment of progress toward Management Plan goals.

Building on the original 2009 VSI effort, the Columbia River Gorge Commission and U.S. Forest Service are currently working with partners on a comprehensive indicator update. Integrating climate change impacts in the VSI framework is a key component of this update. For more information on the initial 2009 VSI effort, see the Vital Sign Indicators Project: State of the Gorge 2009 Report.

Staff Reports and Resources

August 10, 2021 VSI Scenic & Recreation Resources Progress Report - Overview of the review process and rationale for draft Scenic and Recreation Vital Signs.

June 8, 2021 VSI Natural Resource & Climate Change Indicators Progress Report - Overview of the review process and rationale for draft Natural Resource and Climate Change Vital Signs.

February 9, 2021 VSI Assessment - Framework for updating and implementing the VSI program in 2021-22.

Contact

For more information, please contact Lisa Naas Cook, Vital Sign Indicators Planner, and check back here often for updates on other VSI topics as they become available.