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Wisconsin State Forests Continuous Forest Inventory: A look at the first year

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Morin, Randall S.; Prichard, Teague; Everson, Vern; Westfall, Jim; Scott, Charles

Year Published

2009

Publication

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. 10 p.

Abstract

The demand for timely, consistent, and reliable forest inventory and monitoring information for Wisconsin's state forests has increased significantly. A wide range of publics and partners, including businesses, organizations, and citizens alike are well aware of the benefits of sustainable forestry and are working together to increase knowledge through an annual comprehensive forest inventory and monitoring program. In response, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the National Inventory and Monitoring Applications Center (NIMAC) of the U.S. Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program have developed a Wisconsin State Forest Continuous Forest Inventory (WisCFI) program for the 518,680 acres of land distributed across 10 state forests. To accomplish the monitoring objectives of the WDNR, NIMAC designed a survey of approximately 3,145 FIA-like plots to be measured over 5 years (1 plot per 165 acres). A limited suite of summer only variables (soils, understory vegetation, down woody materials, and crowns) will be measured on one-third of the plots. The first panel of data was collected in 2007. We used this first panel to describe the benefits of the intensification on the precision of forest-level estimates for state forest land. Additionally, estimates of species richness were compared for plots where introduced species were present versus those where they were absent.

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Morin, Randall S.; Prichard, Teague; Everson, Vern; Westfall, Jim; Scott, Charles. 2009. Wisconsin State Forests Continuous Forest Inventory: A look at the first year. 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. 10 p.

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