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Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program Review – February 2016

The Resource Monitoring and Assessment will undergo a comprehensive program review with the Pacific Northwest Research Station Executive Team, Forest Service Washington Office representative, and key stakeholders and clients from outside the agency. The PNW Research Station Director is responsible to the Forest Service, Congress, and a diverse group of stakeholders for a productive and efficiently functioning research station. The program reviews provide an opportunity for research programs to review existing charters and assess progress toward charter goals, as well as discuss strategic direction, vision, and future goals.

Supporting documentation for the Program Review:

FIA Science Symposium

The Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA) just held its 12th FIA Symposium in Portland, Oregon in December 2015. More than 200 attendees enjoyed 13 invited plenary presentations, 124 contributed talks, and several special working group meetings over the course of three days. The impressive list of presentations covered many topics including:

  • Advances in tree biomass prediction
  • FIA in the boreal forests of Alaska
  • Latest on our analysis techniques and storytelling with FIA data
  • Applications of FIA in forest health
  • Forest carbon accounting
  • Improving our estimation of growth, removals, and mortality
  • Advances in change detection
  • Landscape scale change monitoring and mapping
  • The socio-economic dimensions of forest inventory
  • What’s going on with urban FIA?

Coinciding with the conference, the PNW Station published the abstracts of the talks in a Proceedings.

New Publication - California's forest products industry and timber harvest, 2012

This report traces the flow of California's 2012 timber harvest through the primary wood products industry and provides a description of the structure, condition, and economic impacts of California's forest products sector. Historical forest products industry changes are discussed, as well as trends in harvest, production, mill residue, and sales. Also examined are employment and worker earnings in the state's primary and secondary forest products industry. (McIver, Chelsea P.; Meek, Joshua P.; Scudder, Micah G.; Sorenson, Colin B.; Morgan, Todd A.; Christensen, Glenn A. 2015. California’s forest products industry and timber harvest, 2012. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-908. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 49 p).