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Mapping Young Forest Habitats across the Great Lakes Region

Snapshot : NRS research scientists from the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program used current FIA data to estimate trends in abundance of young forest habitats that were associated with corresponding trends in American woodcock surveys over the past four decades.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Mark D. Nelson 
Research Location : Upper Great Lakes Region
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2010
Highlight ID : 220

Summary

Many wildlife species depend on canopy disturbance to provide suitable young forest habitat. Declines in some young-forest-associated wildlife species prompted natural resource specialists from federal and state agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan to jointly address conservation needs in the Upper Great Lakes Region. NRS research scientists from the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program used current FIA data to estimate trends in abundance of young forest habitats that were associated with corresponding trends in American woodcock surveys over the past four decades. A satellite image-based approach was developed for complementing existing FIA information to better meet the needs for classifying, mapping, and managing young forest habitat. FIA investigators Mark Nelson, Hobie Perry, Kirk Stueve, and Dale Gormanson, along with their University of Maryland partner, contributed to this NASA-supported North American Forest Dynamics project. Maps for all of Wisconsin and the Kirtland's warbler breeding grounds in northern Lower Michigan are being utilized in future conservation management plans.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • University of Maryland

Research Topics

Priority Areas

  • Inventory and Monitoring
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