Each minute in 2003 northwesterners cut one acre of the region's forest. Every four minutes the Northwest's population increased by one. Every 20 minutes, the population of poor northwesterners grew by one. These are small changes, but-as Cascadia Scorecard shows-over decades, such trends transform the region more dramatically than the fleeting headlines that so often makes front-page news.
The Cascadia Scorecard is Sightline's index of seven trends that have profoundly shaped the Northwest's past and are critical to its future: health, economy, population, energy, sprawl, forests, and pollution. It serves as a progress report on how the region is doing in the areas that matter most-and where we most need to improve.