Inventory, Assessment, and Monitoring

Mark Majewski & Dana Carothers- NRS-FIA employees measure an urban tree in DuPage County, IL.For nearly 80 years, the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program has established baselines, tracked change, quantified threats, demonstrated management effectiveness, prioritized research efforts, and helped people understand our region’s natural resources and the policies, practices, and processes that impact them.

Data collected and analyzed by FIA staff in the 20-state Northern Research Station region as well as in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas are used every day to assess sustainability, to make important business decisions, to evaluate wildlife habitat, and to address some of the most pressing environmental challenges of the century.

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