Forests of Recognized Importance (FORI)
Forests of Recognized Importance and Special Sites share similarities in that they recognize unique biological, geological and/or historical features. However, they differ in terms of scale. FORIs hold global, national or regional significance, and are evaluated at the landscape level, while Special Sites hold local or personal significance and are evaluated at the stand or sub-stand level.
Review guidance from The N.C. Tree Farm Program’s regarding the FORI designation in North Carolina.
What is a Forest of Recognized Importance? (American Forest Foundation)
Forests of Recognized Importance are evaluated at the landscape level, rather than the stand level and are recognized for a combination of unique values, rather than a single attribute.
Forests of Recognized Importance (FORI) primer (American Tree Farm System)
FORIs represent globally, regionally and nationally significant large landscape areas of exceptional ecological, social, cultural or biological values.