Management – Improved Approaches – Inventory & Analysis
Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA)
The Northeastern Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program includes vital participation by UNRI scientists and researches. FIA is implemented in cooperation with a variety of partners including State Forestry Agencies and private landowners who grant access to their lands for data collection purposes. The mission of the research is to improve the understanding and stewardship of Northeastern forests through scientifically credible inventories; analyses of the status and trends in forest condition, use, and productivity; and by transferring timely resource information and new technology to the public.
The FIA program is the only organization to conduct extensive forest resource inventories and some of the databases now span more than 30 years. Inventory frequencies have recently been changed so that 10 to 20 percent of all plots are measured annually and reports prepared every 5 years for each state. Inventory and analysis of vegetation in urban settings is an emerging focus of the FIA program.
Please visit the The Northeastern Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (NE-FIA) website, for information on this important research that is currently being undertaken by the members of the UNRI research team and their cooperating partners.