The National Harvest and Utilization Program
In 2011, the Forest Inventory and Analysis Units from the Northern Research Station, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Pacific Northwest Research Station and Southern Research Station formed a partnership with University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research and in an effort to bring national consistency to the Harvest and Utilization program. Southern techniques for measuring felled trees and obtaining utilization data were passed on to the other partners as a national baseline through a national training effort. Some regional flexibility allows the partners to meets their own needs while providing consistent harvest and utilization data across the nation. In addition, the SRS Harvest and Utilization data entry program for portable field data recorders was shared with all the partners.
The harvest and utilization data, used to enhance estimates of logging residue, is an intrinsic part of Timber Product Output (TPO) data. Consistency in harvest and utilization methods is critical for success of the National TPO program.
Forest Service Partners