The Vital Signs Indicators Project (VSI) is a long-term and rigorous effort to measure and track the conditions of the scenic, natural, economic, cultural, and recreation resources in the Scenic Area. Monitoring these resources will guide adaptive management procedures and provide empirical information to inform management plan review. By conducting the VSI project in a transparent manner and collaborating with partner agencies, the Commission will continue to build new and strengthen existing relationships with government entities and local communities. All valuable information attained through the project will be shared through community presentations and a dedicated website (www.gorgevitalsigns.org).
Fifty-one measures, or Vital Signs Indicators, were crafted by teams of experts, citizens and stakeholders to tell the story of how gorge resources are faring. Over the next several years, the Commission and partner agency staffs will continue to develop metrics to assess the VSI and collect and analyze information to track conditions over time. Our intent is to use the most current research, data, and analytical methods to produce robust and reliable results.Click here to read more about this project and download the 2009 initial report.