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  1.  GTR-NRS-74.  Volume equations for the Northern Research Station's Forest Inventory and Analysis Program as of 2010.  Miles, Patrick D.; Hill, Andrew D.  50p.  

The U.S. Forest Service's Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program collects sample plot data on all forest ownerships across the United States. This report documents the methodology used to estimate live-tree gross, net, and sound volume for the 24 States inventoried by the Northern Research Station's (NRS) FIA unit. Sound volume is of particular interest because it is used in live-tree biomass and carbon estimates. NRS currently uses four volume equations for each of four geographic regions.


  3.  GTR-NRS-76.  Effects of development of a natural gas well and associated pipeline on the natural and scientific resources of the Fernow Experimental Forest.  Adams, Mary Beth; Edwards, Pamela J.; Ford, W. Mark; Johnson, Joshua B.; Schuler, Thomas M.; Thomas-Van Gundy, Melissa; Wood, Frederica.  24p.  

Development of a natural gas well and pipeline on the Fernow Experimental Forest, WV, raised concerns about the effects on the natural and scientifi c resources of the Fernow, set aside in 1934 for long-term research. A case study approach was used to evaluate effects of the development. This report includes results of monitoring projects as well as observations related to unexpected impacts on the resources of the Fernow. Two points are obvious: that some effects can be predicted and mitigated through cooperation between landowner and energy developer, and that unexpected impacts will occur. These unexpected impacts may be most problematic.


  4.  GTR-NRS-77.  Forest carbon estimation using the Forest Vegetation Simulator: Seven things you need to know.  Hoover, Coeli M.; Rebain, Stephanie A.  16p.  

Interest in options for forest-related greenhouse gas mitigation is growing, and so is the need to assess the carbon implications of forest management actions. Generating estimates of key carbon pools can be time consuming and cumbersome, and exploring the carbon consequences of management alternatives is often a complicated task. In response to this, carbon reporting capability has been added to the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) growth and yield modeling system, allowing users to produce carbon reports along with traditional FVS outputs. All methods and computations are consistent with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Good Practice Guidance and U.S. voluntary carbon accounting rules and guidelines. We briefly describe the FVS system, outline the carbon pools estimated, and provide an overview of the data requirements, capabilities, features, and limitations of the model and the carbon reports. We also review common questions and pitfalls encountered by users when running the model.


  6.  RB-NRS-45.  Indiana's Forests 2008.  Woodall, Christopher W.; Webb, Mark N.; Wilson, Barry T.; Settle, Jeff; Piva, Ron J.; Perry, Charles H.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Crocker, Susan J.; Butler, Brett J.; Hansen, Mark; Hatfield, Mark; Brand, Gary; Barnett, Charles.  52p.  

The second full annual inventory of Indiana's forests reports more than 4.75 million acres of forest land with an average volume of more than 2,000 cubic feet per acre. Forest land is dominated by the white oak/red oak/hickory forest type, which occupies nearly a third of the total forest land area. Seventy-six percent of forest land consists of sawtimber, 16 percent contains poletimber, and 8 percent contains sapling/seedlings. The volume of growing stock on timberland has been rising since the 1980s and currently totals more than 8.5 billion cubic feet. The average annual net growth of growing stock on forest land from 2004 to 2008 is approximately 312 million cubic feet per year. This report includes additional information on forest attributes, land use change, carbon, timber products, forest health, and statistics and quality assurance of data collection.


  7.  RB-NRS-46.  West Virginia timber industry: an assessment of timber product output and use, 2007.  Piva, Ronald J.; Cook, Gregory W.  58p.  

In 2007, there were 116 primary wood-processing mills in West Virginia, 60 fewer mills than in 2000. These mills processed 172.9 million cubic feet of industrial roundwood, of which 138.8 million cubic feet was harvested from the State. Another 50.5 million cubic feet of the industrial roundwood harvested in West Virginia was sent to primary wood-processing mills in other states and countries. Saw log harvesting accounted for 55 percent of the total harvest. The harvesting of industrial roundwood products produced 100.9 million cubic feet of logging residues. Primary wood-processing mills generated 2.1 million green tons of mill residues, with just over half of the mill residues being used by the pulpwood and particleboard industries. Only 1 percent of the mill residues generated were not being used for other products.


  8.  RP-NRS-12.  A multi-criteria decisionmaking approach to management indicator species selection for the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia..  Moseley, Kurtis R.; Ford, W.Mark; Edwards, John W.; Strager, Michael P.  22p.  

The management indicator species concept is useful for land managers charged with monitoring and conserving complex biological diversity over large landscapes with limited available resources. We used the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) to determine the best management indicator species (MIS) for three management objectives of the Monongahela National Forest (MNF) in West Virginia. We compiled a set of alternative MIS, including current MNF MIS, for each objective based on a literature review of species-habitat relations in the Appalachian Mountain region. We believe the AHP is an effective tool for MIS selection, particularly within complex Appalachian ecosystems, because it provides a formal structured decision procedure, has a strong theoretical foundation, accommodates incomplete ecological data, and offers transparency to the MIS decisionmaking process.


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2.  GTR-P-NRS-75.  Proceedings, 21st U.S. Department of Agriculture interagency research forum on invasive species 2010.  McManus, Katherine A; Gottschalk, Kurt W.  156p.  

Contains abstracts and papers of 95 oral and poster presentations on invasive species biology, molecular biology, ecology, impacts, and management presented at the annual U.S. Department of Agriculture Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species.


5.  GTR-P-NRS-78.  Proceedings, 17th Central Hardwood Forest Conference.  Fei, Songlin; Lhotka, John M.; Stringer, Jeffrey W.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Miller, Gary W., eds.  678p.  

Includes 64 papers and 17 abstracts pertaining to research conducted on forest regeneration and propagation, forest products, ecology and forest dynamics, human dimensions and economics, forest biometrics and modeling, silviculture genetics, forest health and protection, and soil and mineral nutrition.


Resource Update

The following publications provide an overview of forest resource attributes for the respective State based on an annual inventory conducted by the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program at the Northern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service. These are available only online.

RN-NRS-89.  Pennsylvania's forest resources, 2008.  McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.; Butler, B.J.; Meneguzzo, D.M.; Barnett, C.J.; Hansen, M.H.  4p.  

RN-NRS-90.  Pennsylvania's forest resources, 2009.  McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.; Butler, B.J.; Meneguzzo, D.M.; Barnett, C.J.; Hansen, M.H.  4p.  

RN-NRS-91.  Maine's forest resources, 2009.  McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.  4p.  

RN-NRS-92.  Wisconsin's forest resources, 2009.  Perry, C.H.  4p.  

RN-NRS-93.  Nebraska's forest resources, 2009.  Meneguzzo, D.M.  4p.  

RN-NRS-94.  Illinois' forest resources, 2009.  Crocker, S.J.; Woodall, C.W.  4p.  

RN-NRS-95.  New Jersey's forest resources, 2009.  Crocker, Susan. J.  4p.  

RN-NRS-96.  Rhode Island's forest resources, 2009.  Butler, Brett J.; Payton, Bruce.  4p.  

RN-NRS-97.  Massachusetts' forest resources, 2009.  Butler, Brett J.; Boyce, Gordon.  4p.  

RN-NRS-98.  Connecticut's forest resources, 2009.  Butler, Brett J.; Martin, Christopher.  4p.  

RN-NRS-99.  Ohio's forest resources, 2009.  Widmann, R.H.; Balser, D.  4p.  

RN-NRS-100.  West Virginia's forest resources, 2009.  Widmann, R.H.; Cook, G.W.  4p.  

RN-NRS-101.  New York's forest resources, 2009.  Widmann, R.H.; Crawford, S.  4p.  

RN-NRS-102.  Iowa's forest resources, 2009.  Nelson, M.D.; Brewer, M.; Crocker, S.J.  4p.  

RN-NRS-103.  Indiana's forest resources, 2010.  Woodall, C.W.; Webb, M.N.  4p.  

RN-NRS-104.  North Dakota's forest resources, 2010.  Haugen, D.E.; Harsel, R.A.  4p.  

RN-NRS-105.  Vermont's forest resources, 2010.  Morin, R.S.; Nelson, M.; De Geus, R.  4p.  

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