Forest Inventory and Analysis Urban Monitoring Expands to Include 26 Cities
In 2014, the Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIS) Program established a National Urban Forest Inventory program and began monitoring in urban areas around the nation, focusing on the most populous cities. The Urban FIA program uses established FIA monitoring methods, database and reporting tools, and statistical techniques, along with i-Tree software tools that quantify ecosystem services. The ultimate goal of this effort is to develop a seamless reporting system that uses the existing FIA protocols to provide new and valuable information on trees in previously unmeasured areas. Urban inventory reports have been published for the two cities with a complete set of baseline data (Austin and Houston, Texas), and urban inventory data is available for public download through the FIA DataMart and through the My City’s Trees software application.Urban FIA, working with the Texas A&M Forest Service, Missouri Department of Conservation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Colorado State Forest Service, the cities of Portland, Maine, and San Diego, California, and many other state and local partners, is operating in 26 cities in 19 states, with 7 states having active statewide inventories. The overall goal is to be operational in 100 cities and include urban areas in all 50 states. In 2017, just a few years after being launched, Urban FIA has achieved 25 percent of that goal.
Forest Service Partners