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Northern Research Station
11 Campus Blvd., Suite 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
(610) 557-4017
(610) 557-4132 TTY/TDD

Inventory, Monitoring , and Assessment

Data, Tools, and Services

[image:] an analyst studies data collected by field crews. Research Issue

The ever-changing nature of northern forests and the complex mix of factors affecting their health require fast and easy access to the latest information from strategic-level inventories.

Our Research

The forest inventory data provides a wealth of information that enables users to understand the current condition, sustainability, and future direction of the northern forests.  We develop and refine a system of Web tools that offers rapid on-line access to summarize the forest data, woodland owner, and timber products output information.  Plot-level inventory data is available for download to allow users to create their own analysis.  There is also a Spatial Data Services center, which provides assistance to those interested in using the data for geo-spatial analyses.

Expected Impact

The impact of having fast and easy access to the most current forest inventory statistics for the entire northern region is all about knowledge.  Environmental policymakers utilize the best information they can in making decisions about our forests.  Having these data updated every year is an important asset in making these difficult decisions.

Research Results

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis. 2007. The Forest Inventory and Analysis national Database:  Database Description and User’s Guide 3.0.  [Online publication].  Washington, DC:  U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis. 2007. The Forest Inventory and Analysis national Database:  Database Description and User’s Guide 3.0 (Phase 3 Indicators).  [Online publication].  Washington, DC:  U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 

 

Research Participants

Principal Investigator

Barry “Ty” Wilson, USDA-Forest Service-NRS Research Forester

 

Research Partners

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Forestry
Delaware Department of Agriculture, Forestry
Illinois Division of Forest Resources
Indiana Division of Forestry
Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Forestry Division
Kansas Forest Service
Maine Department of Conservation, Forest Service
Massachusetts Department of Conservation, Forestry
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Natural Resource, Division of Forestry
Missouri Department of Conservation
Nebraska Forest Service
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry
New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands
New York Division of Land and Forests
North Dakota Forest Service
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Forestry
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry
Rhode Island Division of Forest Environment
South Dakota Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry
Vermont Division of Forestry, Parks, and Recreation
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forestry Program
West Virginia Division of Forestry

Last Modified: 09/30/2008

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