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Mark Nelson

Mark D. Nelson

Research Forester
1992 Folwell Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55108-1034
Phone: 651-649-5104

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Current Research

I conduct research to support the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program. FIA is responsible for the inventory of United States forest land across all ownership categories. Within the Northern Research Station, FIA conducts inventories for 24 states of the Northeast, Midwest, and Upper Great Plains. I develop and assess geospatial approaches for making FIA estimates more spatially explicit and relevant to a wider range of natural resources. My current research involves the use of forest inventory data, geospatial data, and satellite imagery for assessing and mapping forest land cover, land use, canopy disturbance, type, biomass, and wildlife habitat. I serve as the lead analyst for Iowa's FIA reports.

Research Interests

  1. Improving our spatial understanding of forest resources.
  2. Mapping and analyzing forest cover, use, and disturbance.
  3. Assessing forest wildlife habitat.

Why This Research is Important

People increasingly are asking not only what forest resources are present, but where are they located and how are they arranged within the forest landscape. By integrating field inventory data with satellite remote sensing imagery and other geospatial datasets, we can improve our understanding of the spatial distribution and variability of forest resources. Geospatial information derived from this data integration provides for improved assessments of wildlife habitat for species that are dependent upon both vegetation structure and spatial pattern of forest patches.

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota 2017 - Current

Professional Organizations

  • Forest Science (2013 - Current)
  • Journal of Forestry (2012 - Current)
  • International Association for Landscape Ecology (U.S. Chapter) (2011 - Current)
  • International Journal of Remote Sensing (2008 - Current)
  • Landscape Ecology (2008 - Current)
  • The Wildlife Society (2006 - Current)
    NORTH CENTRAL SECTION, MINNESOTA CHAPTER, SPATIAL ECOLOGY & TELEMETRY WORKING GROUP, FORESTRY & WILDLIFE WORKING GROUP
  • Remote Sensing of Environment (2005 - Current)
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (2001 - Current)
  • Northern Journal of Applied Forestry (GIS and Remote Sensing) (2010 - 2013)

Awards & Recognition

  • Partners In Flight: Investigations Award., 2017 Group award for "Long-term forest bird monitoring in the Western Great Lakes region, USA: twenty years of National Forest monitoring, trends, and conservation recommendations."
  • Wings Across the Americas Conservation Award: Habitat Conservation Partnership Award., 2017 Group award for "Analysis of long-term forest bird monitoring data from National Forests of the western Great Lakes Region."
  • Keepsake award, Acting Director, Northern Research Station, and FIA Program Manager., 2016 Team award in recognition for contributions to "Future Forests of the Northern United States".
  • National Research Highlight, USDA Forest Service., 2014 Team award: Forest Ownership Map of the Conterminous United States.
  • National Research Highlight, USDA Forest Service., 2013 Team award: Can Tree Species Rapidly Adapt to Climate Change by Migrating?
  • Keepsake award. Northern Research Station Executive Team, USDA Forest Service., 2011 Team award (Nelson was team leader) in recognition for 2011 Research Highlight: Using Landsat Time Series Stacks for modeling and mapping early successional habitats.
  • National Research Highlight, USDA Forest Service., 2011 Team award: Forest Land Estimates Improved by Novel Automated Mapping Technique Using Winter Satellite Imagery
  • Certificate of Appreciation. Deputy Chief, State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service., 2010 Certificate of Appreciation. 2010. Deputy Chief, State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service. For developing the forest ownership data used in the Private Forests, Public Benefits report and for valuable advice and assistance with many other aspects
  • Wings Across the Americas Award. Chief, USDA Forest Service., 2008 Group award for significant contribution to mapping landbirds across Bird Conservation Regions: decision support for Joint Ventures.
  • Secretary of Agriculture Group Honor Award for Excellence. Secretary, USDA., 2008 Open Space Conservation Team - for significant contributions in protecting and enhancing open space and natural resources that provide vital ecosystems services and benefi
  • Certificate of Appreciation. Chief, USDA Forest Service., 2005 Forests on the Edge Project. For hard work and dedication in assembling a map accurately depicting national forest cover and ownership, and for providing key professional advice.
  • Station Technology Transfer Award. Director, North Central Research Station, USDA Forest Service., 2001 Group award for advancement of the Forest Inventory and Analysis annual inventory; and Forest Inventory and Analysis/Forest Health integration, through conception, development, implementation, distribution, and support of a national hexagon grid sampling

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

  • Crocker, Susan J.; Barnett, Charles J.; Butler, Brett J.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Tonya W.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Miles, Patrick D.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D.; Piva, Ronald J.; Riemann, Rachel; Smith, James E.; Woodall, Christopher W.; Zipse, William. 2017. New Jersey Forests 2013. Resour. Bull. NRS-109. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 90 p.
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Butler, Brett J.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; McWilliams, William H.; Miles, Patrick D.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D.; Riemann, Rachel I.; Smith, James E.; Westfall, James A.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2017. Illinois Forests 2015. Resour. Bull. NRS-113. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 82 p.
  • Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Dahir, Sally E.; Stoltman, Andrew M.; McWilliams, William H.; Butler, Brett J.; Nelson, Mark D.; Morin, Randall S.; Piva, Ronald J.; Herrick, Sarah K.; Lorentz, Laura J.; Guthmiller, Mark; Perry, Charles H. 2017. Wisconsin Forests 2014. Resour. Bull. NRS-112. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 116 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Feeley, Tivon E.; Kurtz, Cassandra M. 2017. Forests of Iowa, 2016. Resource Update FS-111. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Pugh, Scott A.; Heym, Douglas C.; Butler, Brett J.; Haugen, David E.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; McWilliams, William H.; Miles, Patrick D.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D.; Riemann, Rachel I.; Smith, James E.; Westfall, James A.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2017. Michigan forests 2014. Resour. Bull. NRS-110. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 154 p.
  • Gormanson, Dale D.; Gallion, Joey; Barnett, Charles J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Tonya W.; Luppold, William; McWilliams, William; Miles, Patrick D.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D.; O'Connell, Barbara; Perry, Charles H. (Hobie); Riemann, Rachel I.; Piva, Ronald J.; Smith, James E.; Sowers, Paul A.; Westfall, Jim; Woodall, Christopher W. 2016. Indiana Forests 2013. Resour. Bull. NRS-107. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 156 p.
  • McCaskill, George L.; Albright, Thomas; Barnett, Charles J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; McWilliams, William H.; Miles, Patrick D.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D.; Widmann, Richard H.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2016. Maine Forests 2013. Resour. Bull. NRS-103. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 103 p.
  • Miles, Patrick D.; VanderSchaaf, Curtis L.; Barnett, Charles; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Gormanson, Dale D.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Tonya W.; McWilliams, William H.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D.; Perry, Charles H. (Hobie); Riemann, Rachel I.; Smith, James E.; Walters, Brian F.; Westfall, Jim; Woodall, Christopher W. 2016. Minnesota Forests 2013. Resource Bulletin NRS-104. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 134 p.
  • Morin, Randall S.; Cook, Gregory W.; Barnett, Charles J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Tonya W.; Luppold, William G.; McWilliams, William H.; Miles, Patrick D.; Nelson, Mark D.; Perry, Charles H. (Hobie); Piva, Ronald J.; Smith, James E.; Westfall, Jim; Widmann, Richard H.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2016. West Virginia Forests 2013. Resour. Bull. NRS-105. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 128 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Barnett, Charles J.; Brewer, Matt; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Domke, Grant M.; Gormanson, Dale D.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Tonya W.; Matthews, Stephen; McWilliams, William H.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Miles, Patrick D.; Morin, Randall S.; Piva, Ronald J.; Riemann, Rachel; Smith, James E.; Walters, Brian F.; Westfall, Jim; Woodall, Christopher W. 2016. Iowa Forests, 2013. Resour. Bull. NRS-102. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 124 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Brewer, Matt; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Clark, Kathryne. 2016. Forests of Iowa, 2015. Resource Update FS-77. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Niemi, Gerald J.; Howe, Robert W.; Sturtevant, Brian R.; Parker, Linda R.; Grinde, Alexis R.; Danz, Nicholas P.; Nelson, Mark D.; Zlonis, Edmund J.; Walton, Nicholas G.; Gnass Giese, Erin E.; Lietz, Sue M. 2016. Analysis of long-term forest bird monitoring data from national forests of the western Great Lakes Region. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-159. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 322 p.
  • Piva, Ronald J.; Treiman, Thomas B.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Gormanson, Dale D.; Griffith, Douglas M.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Tonya W.; Luppold, William G.; McWilliams, William H.; Miles, Patrick D.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D.; Perry, Charles H. (Hobie); Riemann, Rachel; Smith, James E.; Walters, Brian F.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2016. Missouri Forests 2013. Resour. Bull. NRS-108. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 116 p.
  • Tavernia, Brian G.; Nelson, Mark D.; Riemann, Rachel; Dickinson, Brent; Moser, W. Keith; Wilson, Barry T. (Ty); Garner, James D. 2016. Conservation of biological diversity. In: Shifley, Stephen R.; Moser, W. Keith, eds. Future forests of the northern United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-151. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 43-76. Chapter 3.
  • Tavernia, Brian G.; Nelson, Mark D.; Seilheimer, Titus S.; Gormanson, Dale D.; Perry, Charles H. (Hobie); Caldwell, Peter V.; Sun, Ge. 2016. Conservation and maintenance of soil and water resources. In: Shifley, Stephen R.; Moser, W. Keith, eds. Future forests of the northern United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-151. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 145-175. Chapter 6.
  • Brown, Donald J.; Schrage, Mike; Ryan, Dan; Moen, Ron A.; Nelson, Mark D.; Buech, Richard R. 2015. Glyptemys insculpta (wood turtle). Longevity in the wild. Herpetological Review. 46(2): 244-245.
  • Garner, James D.; Nelson, Mark D.; Tavernia, Brian G.; Perry, Charles H. (Hobie); Housman, Ian W. 2015. Mapping forest canopy disturbance in the Upper Great Lakes, USA. In: Stanton, Sharon M.; Christensen, Glenn A., comps. 2015. Pushing boundaries: new directions in inventory techniques and applications: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2015. 2015 December 8-10; Portland, Oregon. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-931. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 363-367.
  • McWilliams, William H.; Westfall, James A.; Brose, Patrick H.; Dey, Daniel C.; Hatfield, Mark; Johnson, Katherine; Laustsen, Kenneth M.; Lehman, Shawn L.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D.; Ristau, Todd E.; Royo, Alejandro A.; Stout, Susan L.; Willard, Thomas; Woodall, Christopher W. 2015. A regeneration indicator for Forest Inventory and Analysis: history, sampling, estimation, analytics, and potential use in the midwest and northeast United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-148. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 74 p.
  • Morin, Randall S.; Barnett, Chuck J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Domke, Grant M.; Hansen, Mark H.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Horton, Jonathan; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Tonya W.; Miles, Patrick D.; Nelson, Mark D.; Piva, Ronald J.; Wilmot, Sandy; Widmann, Richard H.; Woodall, Christopher W.; Zaino, Robert. 2015. Forests of Vermont and New Hampshire 2012. Resour. Bull. NRS-95. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 80 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Brewer, Matt; Butler, Brett J.; Pugh, Scott A. 2015. Forests of Iowa, 2014. Resource Update FS-34. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Flather, Curtis; Riitters, Kurt H.; Sieg, Carolyn; Garner, James D. 2015. National report on sustainable forests—2015: conservation of biological diversity. In: Stanton, Sharon M.; Christensen, Glenn A., comps. 2015. Pushing boundaries: new directions in inventory techniques and applications: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2015. 2015 December 8-10; Portland, Oregon. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-931. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. p. 375.
  • Schrader-Patton, Charlie; Liknes, Greg C.; Gatziolis, Demetrios; Wing, Brian M.; Nelson, Mark D.; Miles, Patrick D.; Bixby, Josh; Wendt, Daniel G.; Kepler, Dennis; Schaaf, Abbey. 2015. Refining FIA plot locations using LiDAR point clouds. In: Stanton, Sharon M.; Christensen, Glenn A., comps. 2015. Pushing boundaries: new directions in inventory techniques and applications: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2015. 2015 December 8-10; Portland, Oregon. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-931. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 247-252.
  • Tavernia, Brian G.; Nelson, Mark D.; Garner, James D. 2015. Ecosystem services: a new NRS-FIA analytical science initiative. In: Stanton, Sharon M.; Christensen, Glenn A., comps. 2015. Pushing boundaries: new directions in inventory techniques and applications: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2015. 2015 December 8-10; Portland, Oregon. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-931. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 283-288.
  • Widmann, Richard H.; Crawford, Sloane; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Nelson, Mark D.; Miles, Patrick D.; Morin, Randall S.; Riemann, Rachel. 2015. New York Forests, 2012. Resource Bulletin NRS-98. Newtown Square, PA: U.S Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 128 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Hewes, Jaketon H.; Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; Snyder, Stephanie A. 2014. A comparison of techniques for generating forest ownership spatial products. Applied Geography. 46: 21-34.
  • Hewes, Jaketon H.; Butler, Brett J.; Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; Snyder, Stephanie A. 2014. Map of distribution of six forest ownership types in the conterminous United States. Res. Map NRS-6. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. [Scale 1: 10,000,000, 1: 34,000,000.]
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Brewer, Matt. 2014. Forests of Iowa, 2013. Resource Update FS-1. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Shifley, Stephen R.; Moser, W. Keith; Goerndt, Michael E.; Song, Nianfu; Nelson, Mark D.; Nowak, David J.; Miles, Patrick D.; Butler, Brett J.; DeSantis, Ryan D.; Aguilar, Francisco X.; Tavernia, Brian G. 2014. Futures project anticipates changes and challenges facing forests of the northern United States. In: Groninger, John W.; Holzmueller, Eric J.; Nielsen, Clayton K.; Dey, Daniel C., eds. Proceedings, 19th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2014 March 10-12; Carbondale, IL. General Technical Report NRS-P-142. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 16-17.
  • Widmann, Richard H; Randall, Cotton K.; Butler, Brett J.; Domke, Grant M.; Griffith, Douglas M.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Moser, W. Keith; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D.; Riemann, Rachel; Woodall, Christopher W. 2014. Ohio's Forests 2011. Resour. Bull. NRS-90. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 68 p.
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Nelson, Mark D.; Barnett, Charles J.; Butler, Brett J.; Domke, Grant M.; Hansen, Mark H.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Lister, Tonya W.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Piva, Ronald J.; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2013. Illinois' Forests 2010. Resour. Bull. NRS-86. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 52 p.
  • Fan, Zhaofei; Moser, W. Keith; Hansen, Mark H.; Nelson, Mark D. 2013. Regional patterns of major nonnative invasive plants and associated factors in upper Midwest forests. Forest Science. 59(1): 38-49.
  • Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; Kaisershot, Daniel J. 2013. Net change in forest density, 1873-2001. Using historical maps to monitor long-term forest trends.. RMAP-NRS-4. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 12 p.
  • Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D. 2013. Mapping trees outside forests using high-resolution aerial imagery: a comparison of pixel- and object based classification approaches. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 185: 6261-6275.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Hansen, Mark H.; Atchison, Robert L.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Domke, Grant; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Andrew; Miles, Patrick D.; Nelson, Mark D.; Piva, Ronald J.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2013. Kansas' Forests 2010. Resour. Bull. NRS-85. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 63 p.
  • Nelson, M.D.; Brewer, M.; Pugh, S.A. 2013. Iowa's forest resources, 2012. Res. Note NRS-166. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Piva, Ronald J.; Walters, Brian F.; Haugan, Douglas D.; Josten, Gregory J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Domke, Grant M.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Andrew J.; Lister, Tonya W.; Moser, W. Keith; Nelson, Mark D.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2013. South Dakota's Forests 2010. Resour. Bull. NRS-81. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 60 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D. 2012. Connecticut's forest resources, 2011. Res. Note NRS-149. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D. 2012. Rhode Island's forest resources, 2011. Res. Note. NRS-151. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D. 2012. Massachusetts' forest resources, 2011. Res. Note NRS-150. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Lister, Tonya W.; Gladders, Glenn; Barnett, Charles J.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Domke, Grant M.; Griffith, Douglas M.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Andrew J.; Morin, Randall S.; Moser, W. Keith; Nelson, Mark D.; Perry, Charles H.; Piva, Ronald J.; Riemann, Rachel; Woodall, Christopher W. 2012. Delaware's Forests 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-62. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 56 p. [DVD included].
  • Meneguzzo, Dacia M; Crocker, Susan J.; Nelson, Mark D.; Barnett, Charles J.; Butler, Brett J.; Domke, Grant M.; Hansen, Mark H.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Liknes, Greg C.; Lister, Andrew J.; Lister, Tonya W.; Piva, Ronald J.; Wilson, Barry T. (Ty); Woodall, Christopher W. 2012. Nebraska's Forests 2010. Resour. Bull. NRS-68 . Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 47 p. [DVD included]
  • Nelson, M.D.; Brewer, M.; Domke, G. 2012. Iowa's forest resources, 2011. Res. Note NRS-135. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Roy, Charlotte. 2012. Estimating tree cavity distributions from historical FIA data. In: Morin, Randall S.; Liknes, Greg C., comps. Moving from status to trends: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2012; 2012 December 4-6; Baltimore, MD. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-105. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. [CD-ROM]: 199-203.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Tavernia, Brian G.; Toney, Chris; Walters, Brian F. 2012. Relating FIA data to habitat classifications via tree-based models of canopy cover. In: Morin, Randall S.; Liknes, Greg C., comps. Moving from status to trends: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2012; 2012 December 4-6; Baltimore, MD. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-105. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. [CD-ROM]: 254-259.
  • Nelson, Mark; Stueve, Kirk; Perry, Charles; Gormanson, Dale; Huang, Chengquan; Healey, Sean. 2012. Mapping young forest in Wisconsin. Res. Note NRS-154. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 5 p.
  • Perry, Charles H.; Everson, Vern A.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Dahir, Sally E.; Diss-Torrance, Andrea L.; Domke, Grant M; Gormanson, Dale D.; Herrick, Sarah K.; Hubbard, Steven S.; Mace, Terry R.; Miles, Patrick D.; Nelson, Mark D.; Rodeout, Richard B.; Saunders, Luke T.; Stueve, Kirk M.; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2012. Wisconsin's Forests 2009. Resour. Bull. NRS-67. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 62 p. [Includes DVD].
  • Stueve, Kirk M.; Housman, Ian W.; Zimmerman, Patrick L.; Nelson, Mark D.; Webb, Jeremy; Perry, Charles H.; Chastain, Robert A.; Gormanson, Dale D.; Huang, Chengquan; Healey, Sean P.; Cohen, Warren B. 2012. Improving automated disturbance maps using snow-covered landsat time series stacks. In: Morin, Randall S.; Liknes, Greg C., comps. Moving from status to trends: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2012; 2012 December 4-6; Baltimore, MD. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-105. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. [CD-ROM]: 137-142.
  • Tavernia, Brian G.; Nelson, Mark D.; Walters, Brian F.; Toney, Chris. 2012. Projected trends in forest habitat classes under climate and land-use change scenarios. In: Morin, Randall S.; Liknes, Greg C., comps. Moving from status to trends: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2012; 2012 December 4-6; Baltimore, MD. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-105. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. [CD-ROM]: 119-122.
  • Yu, Weiming; Fan, Zhaofei; Moser, W. K.; Hansen, M. H.; Nelson, M. D. 2012. Estimation of invasive probability of multiflora rose in the upper Midwest. In: McWilliams, Will; Roesch, Francis A. eds. 2012. Monitoring Across Borders: 2010 Joint Meeting of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium and the Southern Mensurationists. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-157. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 131-135.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Barnett, Charles J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Domke, Grant M.; Gormanson, Dale ; Hill, William N.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Tonya; Martin, Christopher; Miles, Patrick D.; Morin, Randall; Moser, W. Keith; Nelson, Mark D.; O'Connell, Barbara; Payton, Bruce; Perry, Charles H.; Piva, Ronald J.; Riemann, Rachel; Woodall, Christopher W. 2011. The Forests of Southern New England, 2007: A report on the forest resources of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Resour. Bull. NRS-55. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 48 p. [DVD included].
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Nelson, Mark D.; Barnett, Charles J.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; Domke, Grant M.; Hansen, Mark H.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Lister, Tonya W.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Perry, Charles H.; Piva, Ronald J.; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W.; Zipse, Bill. 2011. New Jersey's forests, 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-59. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 52 p. [DVD included].
  • Lister, T.W.; Perdue, J.L; Barnett, C.J.; Butler, B.J.; Crocker, S.J.; Domke, G.M.; Griffith, D.; Hatfield, M.A.; Kurtz, C.M.; Lister, A.J.; Morin, R.S.; Moser, W.K.; Nelson, M.D.; Perry, C.H.; Piva, R.J.; Riemann, R.; Widmann, R.; Woodall, C.W. 2011. Maryland's Forests 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-58. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 60 p. [DVD included].
  • Morin, R.S.; Nelson, M. 2011. New Hampshire's forest resources, 2010. Res. Note. NRS-109. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Morin, R.S.; Nelson, M.; De Geus, R. 2011. Vermont's forest resources, 2010. Res. Note. NRS-105. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Nelson, M.D.; Brewer, M. 2011. Iowa's forest resources, 2010. Res. Note NRS-118. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Brewer, Matt; Woodall, Christopher W.; Perry, Charles H.; Domke, Grant M.; Piva, Ronald J.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Moser, W. Keith; Lister, Tonya W.; Butler, Brett J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Miles, Patrick D.; Barnett, Charles J.; Gormanson, Dale. 2011. Iowa's Forests 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-52. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 48 p. [DVD included].
  • Stueve, Kirk M.; Housman, Ian W.; Zimmerman, Patrick L.; Nelson, Mark D.; Webb, Jeremy B.; Perry, Charles H.; Chastain, Robert A.; Gormanson, Dale D.; Huang, Chengquan; Healey, Sean P.; Cohen, Warren B. 2011. Snow-covered Landsat time series stacks improve automated disturbance mapping accuracy in forested landscapes. Remote Sensing of Environment. 115: 3203-3219
  • Stueve, Kirk M.; Perry, Charles H. (Hobie); Nelson, Mark D.; Healey, Sean P.; Hill, Andrew D.; Moisen, Gretchen G.; Cohen, Warren B.; Gormanson, Dale D.; Huang, Chengquan. 2011. Ecological importance of intermediate windstorms rivals large, infrequent disturbances in the northern Great Lakes. Ecosphere 2:art2. [doi:10.1890/ES10-00062.1]
  • Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; Butler, Brett J. 2010. Public and private forest ownership in the conterminous United States. Chapter 6.. In: Eredics, Peter, ed. Mapping Forestry. Redlands, CA: ESRI Press: 21-24.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Bush, Renate; Shaw, John D.; Hansen, Mark H.; Nelson, Mark D. 2010. The role of strategic forest inventories in aiding land management decision-making: Examples from the U.S. In: Jain, Theresa B.; Graham, Russell T.; Sandquist, Jonathan. Integrated management of carbon sequestration and biomass utilization opportunities in a changing climate: Proceedings of the 2009 National Silviculture Workshop; 2009 June 15-18; Boise, ID. Proceedings RMRS-P-61. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 211-225.
  • Nelson, M.D.; Brewer, M.; Crocker, S.J. 2010. Iowa's forest resources, 2009. Res. Note NRS-102. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Nelson, M.D.; Brewer, M.; Flickinger, A.; Feeley, T. 2010. Iowa's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note NRS-43. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Liknes, Greg C.; Butler, Brett J. 2010. Map of forest ownership in the conterminous United States. [Scale 1:7,500,000].. Res. Map NRS-2. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station.
  • Perry, Charles H.; Nelson, Mark D.; Piva, Ronald J. 2010. Imports and exports of roundwood in the upper Midwestern United States. Chapter 2.. In: Eredics, Peter, ed. Mapping Forestry. Redlands, CA: ESRI Press: 5-8.
  • Stein, Susan M.; McRoberts, Ronald E.; Nelson, Mark D.; Mahal, Lisa; Flather, Curtis H.; Alig, Ralph J.; Comas, Sara. 2010. Private forest habitat for at-risk species: where is it and where might it be changing?. Journal of Forestry, Volume 108, Number 2, March 2010 , pp. 61-70(10)
  • Woodall, C.W.; Oswalt, C.M.; Westfall, J.A.; Perry, C.H.; Nelson, M.D.; Finley, A.O. 2010. Selecting tree species for testing climate change migration hypotheses using forest inventory data. Forest Ecology and Management. 259: 778-785.
  • Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D. 2009. Improving Forest Inventory and Analysis efficiency with common land unit information. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the eighth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2006 October 16-19; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Report WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 363-366.
  • Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; Gormanson, Dale D.; Hansen, Mark. 2009. The utility of the cropland data layer for Forest Inventory and Analysis. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the eighth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2006 October 16-19; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Report WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 259-264.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Hansen, Mark H.; Nelson, Mark D.; McWilliams, William H. 2009. Relationship of invasive groundcover plant presence to evidence of disturbance in the forests of the upper midwest of the United States. Chapter 3.. In: Kohli, Ravinder Kumar; Jose, Shibu; Singh, Harminder Pal; Batish, Daizy Rani, eds. Invasive plants and forest ecosystems. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press: 29-58.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Nelson, Mark D. 2009. Windstorm damage in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (Minnesota, USA): Evaluating landscape-level risk factors. Baltic Forestry. 15(2): 248-254.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Nelson, Mark D.; Hansen, Mark H. 2009. Inventory shows extent of non-native invasive plants in Minnesota forests. Minnesota Plant Press. The Minnesota Native Plant Society Newsletter. 28(1): 4-5.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Nelson, Mark D.; Hansen, Mark H.; Healey, Sean; Cohen, Warren. 2009. Trends in afforestation in southern Missouri. In: McWilliams, Will; Moisen, Gretchen; Czaplewski, Ray, comps. Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008; October 21-23, 2008; Park City, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-56CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 16 p.
  • Nelson, M.D.; Brewer, M. 2009. Iowa's Forest Resources, 2007. Res. Note. NRS-33. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Healey, Sean P.; Moser, W. Keith; Hansen, Mark H. 2009. Combining satellite imagery with forest inventory data to assess damage severity following a major blowdown event in northern Minnesota, USA. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 30(19): 5089-5108.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Johnson, David H.; Linkhart, Brian D.; Miles, Patrick D. 2009. Flammulated owl (Otus flammeolus) breeding habitat abundance in ponderosa pine forests of the United States. In: Rich, T.D.; Arizmendi, C.; Demarest, D.; Thompson, C., eds. Tundra to tropics: connecting birds, habitats and people. Proceedings of the 4th International Partners in Flight Conference; 2008 February 13-16; McAllen, TX. Partners in Flight: 71-81.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Lister, Andrew J.; Hansen, Mark H. 2009. Estimating number and size of forest patches from FIA plot data. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the eighth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2006 October 16-19; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Report WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 159-164.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Ward, Kathleen T.; Bauer, Marvin E. 2009. Forest-cover-type separation using RADARSAT-1 synthetic aperture radar imagery. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the eighth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2006 October 16-19; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Report WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 303-306.
  • Nelson, Mark; Healey, Sean; Moser, W. Keith; Hansen, Mark; Cohen, Warren; Hatfield, Mark; Thomas, Nancy; Masek, Jeff. 2009. Analyzing Landsat time-series data across adjacent path/rows and across multiple cycles of FIA: Lessons learned in southern Missouri. In: McWilliams, Will; Moisen, Gretchen; Czaplewski, Ray, comps. Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008; October 21-23, 2008; Park City, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-56CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 11 p.
  • Nelson, Mark; Liknes, Greg; Perry, Charles H. 2009. Combining forest inventory, satellite remote sensing, and geospatial data for mapping forest attributes of the conterminous United States. In: McWilliams, Will; Moisen, Gretchen; Czaplewski, Ray, comps. Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008; October 21-23, 2008; Park City, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-56CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 9 p.
  • Perry, Charles H. (Hobie); Nelson, Mark D. 2009. Cartographic standards to improve maps produced by the Forest Inventory and Analysis program. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the eighth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2006 October 16-19; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Report WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 325-331.
  • Perry, Charles H. (Hobie); Nelson, Mark D.; Toney, J. Christopher; Frescino, Tracey S.; Hoppus, Michael L. 2009. Mapping forest resources of the United States. In: Smith, W. Brad, tech. coord.; Miles, Patrick D., data coord.; Perry, Charles H., map coord.; Pugh, Scott A., Data CD coord. Forest Resources of the United States, 2007. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-78. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Washington Office. p. 106-132.
  • Ruefenacht, Bonnie; Nelson, Mark D.; Finco, Mark; Brewer, Ken. 2009. Harmonizing estimates of forest land area from national-level forest inventory and satellite imagery. In: McWilliams, Will; Moisen, Gretchen; Czaplewski, Ray, comps. Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008; October 21-23, 2008; Park City, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-56CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 20 p.
  • Tirpak, John M.; Jones-Farrand, D. Todd; Thompson, Frank R., III; Twedt, Daniel J.; Nelson, Mark D.; Uihlein, William B., III. 2009. Predicting bird habitat quality from a geospatial analysis of FIA data. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the eighth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2006 October 16-19; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Report WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 171-178.
  • Toney, Chris; Shaw, John D.; Nelson, Mark D. 2009. A stem-map model for predicting tree canopy cover of Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots. In: McWilliams, Will; Moisen, Gretchen; Czaplewski, Ray, comps. Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008; October 21-23, 2008; Park City, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-56CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 19 p.
  • Woodall, C.W.; Oswalt, C.M.; Westfall, J.A.; Perry, C.H.; Nelson, M.D.; Finley, A.O. 2009. An indicator of tree migration in forests of the eastern United States. Forest Ecology and Management. 257: 1434-1444.
  • Woodall, Christopher W.; Oswalt, Christopher M.; Westfall, James A.; Perry, Charles H.; Nelson, Mark N. 2009. Tree migration detection through comparisons of historic and current forest inventories. In: McWilliams, Will; Moisen, Gretchen; Czaplewski, Ray, comps. Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008; October 21-23, 2008; Park City, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-56CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 9 p.
  • Blackard, J. A.; Finco, M. V.; Helmer, E. H.; Holden, G. R.; Hoppus, M. L.; Jacobs, D.M.; Lister, A. J.; Moisen, G. G.; Nelson, M. D.; Riemann, R.; Ruefenacht, B.; Salajanu, D.; Weyermann, D. L.; Winterberger, K. C.; Brandeis, T. J.; Czaplewski, R. L.; McRoberts, R. E.; Patterson, P. L.; Tymcio, R. P. 2008. Mapping U.S. forest biomass using nationwide forest inventory data and moderate resolution information. Remote Sensing of Environment. 112: 1658-1677.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Hansen, Mark H.; Atchison, Robert L.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Nelson, Mark D.; Perry, Charles H.; Reading, William H. IV; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2008. Kansas forests 2005. Resour. Bull. NRS-26. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 125 p.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Hansen, Mark H.; Nelson, Mark D. 2008. The extent of selected non-native invasive plants on Missouri forestland. In: Jacobs, Douglass F.; Michler, Charles H., eds. 2008. Proceedings, 16th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2008 April 8-9; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-24. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 491-505.
  • Perry, Charles H. (Hobie); Everson, Vern A.; Brown, Ian K.; Cummings-Carlson, Jane; Dahir, Sally E.; Jepsen, Edward A.; Kovach, Joe; Labissoniere, Michael D.; Mace, Terry R.; Padley, Eunice A.; Rideout, Richard B.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Liknes, Greg C.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D.; Wilson, Barry T. (Ty); Woodall, Christopher W. 2008. Wisconsin's forests, 2004. Resour. Bull. NRS-23. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 104 p.
  • Robles, Marcos D.; Flather, Curtis H.; Stein, Susan M.; Nelson, Mark D.; Cutko, Andrew. 2008. The geography of private forests that support at-risk species in the conterminous United States. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 6(6): 301-307
  • Ruefenacht, B.; Finco, M.V.; Nelson, M.D.; Czaplewski, R.; Helmer, E.H.; Blackard, J. A.; Holden, G.R.; Lister, A.J.; Salajanu, D.; Weyermann, D.; Winterberger, K. 2008. Conterminous U.S. and Alaska Forest Type Mapping Using Forest Inventory and Analysis Data. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing Vol. 74, No. 11, November 2008, pp. 1379-1388.
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Moser, W. Keith; Hansen, Mark H.; Nelson, Mark D. 2007. The spatial distribution of riparian ash: implications for the dispersal of the emerald ash borer. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the seventh annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; October 3-6, 2005; Portland, ME. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-77. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: 155-160.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Hansen, Mark H.; Nelson, Mark D.; Crocker, Susan J.; Perry, Charles H.; Schulz, Bethany; Woodall, Christopher W. 2007. After the blowdown: a resource assessment of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, 1999-2003. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-7. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 54 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Liknes, Greg C. 2007. Forest Land Ownership in the Conterminous United States [map]. In: Law, M., ed. 2007. ESRI Map Book. Vol. 22. ESRI Press: Redlands, CA.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Moser, W. Keith. 2007. Integrating remote sensing and forest inventory data for assessing forest blowdown in the boundary waters canoe area wilderness. In: Greer, J.D., ed. New remote sensing technologies for resource managers; proceedings of the eleventh Forest Service remote sensing applications conference; 2006 April 24-28; Salt Lake City, UT. American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing: 8 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Vissage, John. 2007. Mapping Forest Inventory and Analysis forest land use: timberland, reserved forest land, and other forest land. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the seventh annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; October 3-6, 2005; Portland, ME. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-77. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: 185-191.
  • Nelson, Mark; Moisen, Gretchen; Finco, Mark; Brewer, Ken. 2007. Forest Inventory and Analysis in the United States: Remote sensing and geospatial activities. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 73(7): 729-732.
  • Nelson, Mark; Moisen, Gretchen; Finco, Mark; Brewer, Ken. 2007. Forest inventory and analysis in the United States: remote sensing and geospatial activities. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing. Vol. 73, No. 7, July 2007: 729-732.
  • McRoberts, Ronald E.; Barbour, R. James; Gebert, Krista M.; Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; et al. 2006. Using basic geographic information systems functionality to support sustainable forest management decision making and post-decision assessments. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 23(4): 13- 34.
  • McRoberts, Ronald E.; Holden, Geoffrey R.; Nelson, Mark D.; Liknes, Greg C.; Gormanson, Dale D. 2006. Using satellite imagery as ancillary data for increasing the precision of estimates for the Forest Inventory and Analysis program of the USDA Forest Service. Can. J. For. Res. 36: 2968-2980
  • Stein, Susan; McRoberts, Ron; Nelson, Mark; Theobald, David; Eley, Mike; Dechter, Mike. 2006. Forests on the Edge: A GIS-based Approach to Projecting Housing Development on Private Forests. In: Aguirre-Bravo, C.; Pellicane, Patrick J.; Burns, Denver P.; and Draggan, Sidney, Eds. 2006. Monitoring Science and Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere Proceedings RMRS-P-42CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 736-743
  • Holden, Geoffrey R.; Nelson, Mark D.; McRoberts, Ronald E. 2005. Accuracy Assessment of FIA's Nationwide Biomass Mapping Products: Results From the North Central FIA Region. In: Proceedings of the fifth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2003 November 18-20; New Orleans, LA. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-69. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. 222p.
  • Liknes, Greg C.; Holden, Geoffrey R.; Nelson, Mark D.; McRoberts, Ronald E. 2005. Spatially Locating FIA Plots from Pixel Values. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H.; Cieszewski, Chris J., eds. Proceedings of the fourth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-252. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station. 99-103
  • McRoberts, Ronald E.; Holden, Geoffrey R.; Nelson, Mark D.; Liknes, Greg C.; Moser, Warren K.; Lister, Andrew J.; King, Susan L.; LaPoint, Elizabeth B.; Coulston, John W.; Smith, W. Brad; Reams, Gregory A. 2005. Estimating and circumventing the effects of perturbing and swapping inventory plot locations. Journal of Forestry. 3(6): 275-279.
  • McRoberts, Ronald E.; Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; Gebert, Krista M.; Barbour, R. James; Odell, Susan L.; Yaddof, Steven C. 2005. Allocating Fire Mitigation Funds on the Basis of the Predicted Probabilities of Forest Wildfire. In: Proceedings of the fifth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2003 November 18-20; New Orleans, LA. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-69. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. 222p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; McRoberts, Ronald E.; Lessard, Veronica C. 2005. Comparison of U.S. Forest Land AreaEstimates From Forest Inventory and Analysis, National Resources Inventory, and Four Satellite Image-Derived Land Cover Data Sets. In: Proceedings of the fifth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2003 November 18-20; New Orleans, LA. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-69. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. 222p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; McRoberts, Ronald E.; Liknes, Greg C.; Holden, Geoffrey R. 2005. Comparing Forest/Nonforest Classifications of Landsat TM Imagery for Stratifying FIA Estimates of Forest Land Area. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H.; Cieszewski, Chris J., eds. Proceedings of the fourth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-252. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station. 121-128
  • Stein, Susan M.; McRoberts, Ronald E.; Alig, Ralph J.; Nelson, Mark D.; Theobald, David M.; Eley, Mike; Dechter, Mike; Carr, Mary. 2005. Forests on the edge: housing development on America's private forests.. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-636. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 16 p
  • Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; McRoberts, Ronald E. 2004. Evaluating Classified MODIS Satellite Imagery as a Stratification Tool. In: McRoberts, R.; et al., eds. Proceedings of the joint meeting of The 6th International Symposium On Spatial Accuracy Assessment In Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and The 15th Annual Conference of The International Environmetrics Society, June 28 - July 1 2004, Portland, Maine, USA. 8 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; McRoberts, Ronald E.; Hansen, Matthew C. 2004. Forest land area estimates from vegetation continuous fields. In: Remote sensing for field users: proceedings of the 10th Forest Service remote sensing applications conference; 2004 April 5-9; Salt Lake City, UT. Bethesda, MD: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
  • Lessard, Veronica C.; Hansen, Mark H.; Nelson, Mark D. 2002. Comparing Minnesota land cover/use area estimates using NRI and FIA data. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; Moser, John W., eds. Proceedings of the Thrid Annual Forest Inventory and Analysis Symposium; Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-230. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station: 36-43
  • McRoberts, Ronald E.; Nelson, Mark D.; Wendt, Daniel. 2002. Stratified estimates of forest area using the k-nearest neighbors technique and satellite imagery. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; Moser, John W., eds. Proceedings of the Thrid Annual Forest Inventory and Analysis Symposium; Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-230. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station: 80-86
  • McRoberts, Ronald E.; Nelson, Mark D.; Wendt, Daniel G. 2002. Stratified estimation of forest area using satellite imagery, inventory data, and the k-nearest neighbors technique. Remote Sensing of Environment. 82:457-468.
  • Brand, Gary J.; Nelson, Mark D.; Wendt, Daniel G.; Nimerfro, Kevin K. 2000. The hexagon/panel system for selecting FIA plots under an annual inventory. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C., eds. Proceedings of the First Annual Forest Inventory and Analysis Symposium; Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-213. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station: 8-13
  • Buech, Richard R.; Hanson, Lynelle G.; Nelson, Mark D. 1997. Identification of wood turtle nesting areas for protection and management. In: Proceedings: Conservation, restoration, and management of tortoises and turtles - an international conference; 1993 July 11-16; State University of New York at Purchase. New York, NY: New York Turtle and Tortoise Society and Wildlife Conservation Society Turtle Recovery Program: 383-391.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Buech, Richard R. 1996. A test of 3 models of Kirtland's warbler habitat suitability. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 24(1): 89-97.
  • Benyus, Janine M.; Buech, Richard R.; Nelson, Mark D. 1992. Wildlife in the Upper Great Lakes Region: a community profile.. Research Paper NC-301. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Benyus, Janine M.; Buech, Richard R. 1992. NORTHWOODS Wildlife Habitat Data Base. Research Note NC-359. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station

Research Datasets

  • Garner, James D.; Nelson, Mark D.; Tavernia, Brian G.; Housman, Ian W.; Perry, Charles H. 2016. Early successional forest and land cover geospatial data of the upper Midwest. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2016-0001.
  • Hewes, Jaketon H.; Butler, Brett J.; Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; Snyder, Stephanie A. 2014. Public and private forest ownership in the conterminous United States: distribution of six ownership types - geospatial dataset. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2014-0002.
  • Housman, Ian W.; Nelson, Mark D.; Perry, Charles H.; Stueve, Kirk M.; Huang, Chengquan. 2014. Forest canopy disturbance geospatial data for Lake Michigan basin, USA, 1985-2008. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2014-0013.
  • Housman, Ian W.; Nelson, Mark D.; Perry, Charles H.; Stueve, Kirk M.; Huang, Chengquan. 2014. Forest canopy disturbance geospatial data for Lake Superior basin, USA, 1985-2008. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2014-0014.
  • Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; Kaisershot, Daniel J. 2013. Historical woodland density of the conterminous United States, 1873. Newtown Square, PA: USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2013-0006.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Liknes, Greg C.; Butler, Brett J. 2010. Forest ownership in the conterminous United States: ForestOwn_v1 geospatial dataset. Newtown Square, PA: USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2010-0002.

National Research Highlights

Comparison of vegetation change tracker output products without (left) and with (right) snow-covered winter satellite imagery. Kirk Stueve, Forest Service

Forest Land Estimates Improved by Novel Automated Mapping Technique Using Winter Satellite Imagery

Year: 2011

Most automated satellite-based approaches for mapping forest lands rely on summer satellite imagery and are usually inconsistent with FIA plot-based estimates. Incorporating winter imagery in the mapping approach helps reduce the abundant false positives for forest and forest disturbance that frequently occur during the growing season, especially where forest is intermixed with wetland and agricultural landscapes. Reliable estimates of forest lands between FIA field plots allow customers the opportunity to explore forest dynamics more confidently beyond the grid of FIA plots.

Mapping Young Forest Habitats across the Great Lakes Region

Year: 2010

NRS research scientists from the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program used current FIA data to estimate trends in abundance of young forest habitats that were associated with corresponding trends in American woodcock surveys over the past four decades.

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