Using Forest Inventory and Analysis Data to Support National Forest Management: Regional Case Studies
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Journal of Forestry
Although many forestry practitioners have a general understanding of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program and the type of data collected, most non-expert users of FIA reports and basic data are unlikely to be familiar with the breadth of information available and the many potential uses of the data. We present case studies from three USDA Forest Service regions to highlight a variety of applications of FIA data, from informing the forest plan revision process to supplying managers with timely information on important forest attributes at the stand and landscape scales. These examples illustrate the utility of FIA data in meeting managers' information needs, the importance of the linkages between research and management throughout the agency, and the role that the FIA program can play in fostering those collaborations.
Keywordsinventory; monitoring; National Forest System
Hoover, Coeli M; Bush, Renate; Palmer, Marin; Treasure, Emrys. 2020. Using Forest Inventory and Analysis Data to Support National Forest Management: Regional Case Studies. Journal of Forestry. 118(3): 313-323. https://doi.org/10.1093/jofore/fvz073.