Simon M. Kihia
Data Collection Team Leader
620 SW Main st, Suite 400
Portland, OR 97205
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My current work is with the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Region. As the Team Leader of the Data Collection Team (CA,OR and WA), I work to implement the program’s field data collection protocol. Our Data Collection Team provides high quality data safely and efficiently by visiting research sites across the Pacific Northwest. We serve a vital role in meeting the Pacific Northwest Region’s Forest Inventory needs through a collaborative and a supportive network of FIA focused teams within the PNW Research Station’s Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program. FIA is a long-term forest monitoring project which began with an act of Congress in 1928 (McSweeney-McNary Forest Research Act). Since that time FIA has grown and adapted to meet changing needs, however its core mission has remained the same: to report on the current status and trends of the Nation’s forest resources. We accomplish this through the use of a three phase inventory system. Our work is primarily in the second and third phases in which field crews are deployed to visit plot locations on the ground and collect a broad suite of ecological data. Each part of the inventory- data collection, processing, and analysis- is covered by an extensive quality assurance and control program and FIA is well known as a provider of consistent, high quality data.
- University of Toronto, Canada, Master of Science Wood Science and Wood Products specializing in reconstituted wood products., 1986
- University of Nairobi, Kenya, Bachelor of Science Forest Resources Management., 1981