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Forest carbon inventory training in China


James Blehm, Supervisory Forester from the Northern Research Station, trains foresters from China’s State Forestry Administration on soil sampling methodology. Forest Service photo.

CHINA — At the end of September, team of five Forest Inventory and Analysis trainers traveled to Jilin province in northeastern China to deliver forest carbon monitoring protocols training for 30 forest inventory leads from the China State Forestry Administration. The training was requested by SFA as part of a partnership with the Forest Service and the U.S. Department of State on monitoring and managing forest resources. Forest Service participation was fully funded by the Department of State.

Christopher Woodall, project leader of Northern Forest Science and Applications Research Work Unit within Northern Research Station, led the Forest Inventory & Analysis five-member team. The trainers delivered a one-week intensive training in the Wangqing Forest, an area known for its biodiversity and identified as endangered Siberian tiger and Far Eastern leopard species. The trainers coordinated classroom and field training and testing for the participants, mimicking the annual training conducted by the FIA program.

SFA participants received certification on the collection of four important carbon pools—live trees, soils/forest floor, dead wood, and understory vegetation—and gained insight into the FIA sample design and plot protocols in the context of carbon monitoring. The SFA forest inventory currently does not have a standard methodology to inventory carbon in soil, dead wood and understory vegetation. In a survey following the training, the Chinese participants reported that they are interested in piloting the new inventory methodologies in their home provinces.

The FIA team also included Blehm, supervisory forester with Northern Research Station; Summer Dunn, supervisory biological scientist and FIA data collection team leader with Resource Monitoring & Assessment Program at Pacific Northwest Research Station; Mark Majewsky, supervisory forester with Northern Research Station; and Kimberly Angeline Rowe, supervisory forester, Southern Research Station.