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Urban forest inventories heating up in Texas and beyond

Photo of A Texas A&M Forest Service FIA crew making their way to an UFIA plot in the Houston, TX area. A Texas A&M Forest Service FIA crew making their way to an UFIA plot in the Houston, TX area. Snapshot : The Forest Service is rolling out a national program of inventorying urban forests across the U.S. As an early adopter of the program, Texas is the first state with completed inventories and related reports, offering a glimpse into what is to come as more cities partner with the Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis program.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Dooley, Kerry 
Research Location : Texas
Research Station : Southern Research Station (SRS)
Year : 2017
Highlight ID : 1322

Summary

As populations become increasingly urbanized, connecting people in cities and suburbs to the natural world becomes more important. Urban forest inventories address this need, and the new program of Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis (UFIA) combines methods from Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis and i-Tree programs to gather pertinent urban forest information. Because this is a national program, data collection is consistent across participating cities. State and city partners also are involved throughout the process, ensuring local relevance and stakeholder engagement. Thanks to early involvement and an accelerated measurement schedule, Austin, Texas, was the first city to complete data collection and produce a report under this new program. Since then, UFIA within Texas has hit several other benchmarks. In 2017 the second UFIA report titled Houston's Urban Forest was produced; data collection started in San Antonio; Austin and Houston were the first two cities to begin remeasurement of data points, allowing assessment of resource changes over time; and Fort Worth committed to begin data collection next year. While these earliest achievements are in Texas, several cities across the U.S. have begun UFIA data collection, and many more are slated to do so in the coming years. (Visit a map of the Urban Forest Inventory &Analysis Cities at https://www.fs.fed.us/research/docs/urban/urban-fia-cities-map-12-2016.pdf.)

Additional Resources

Houston’s Urban Forest, 2015(publication)

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Texas A&M Forest Service