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FIA One-Click: Automated Annual Factsheets for Every State

Photo of One-Click Automated Annual Factsheets provided by the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program swiftly summarize state-level estimates of forest land for each state. The factsheets will be valuable to state foresters, forest industry, forestry consultants, conservation groups, national forests, universities, and the entire U.S. citizenry. One-Click Automated Annual Factsheets provided by the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program swiftly summarize state-level estimates of forest land for each state. The factsheets will be valuable to state foresters, forest industry, forestry consultants, conservation groups, national forests, universities, and the entire U.S. citizenry. Snapshot : The USDA Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) has developed a series of One-Click Factsheets that summarize state-level estimates of forest land for each state. The factsheets are automated, so FIA will be able to swiftly update nationally consistent information for every state. For more than 70 years, FIA has provided continuously improved and increasingly comprehensive inventories to state foresters, forest industry, forestry consultants, conservation groups, national forests, universities, and the entire U.S. citizenry.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Ridley, TedOswalt, Christopher M.
Research Location : US
Research Station : Southern Research Station (SRS)
Year : 2019
Highlight ID : 1545

Summary

The USDA Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) is a national forest inventory program that annually measures a subset of inventory plots in every state of the U.S. FIA works with state agencies to staff inventory crews and implement the surveys. The wealth of FIA’s repeated measurement data holds answers to many innovative questions about forest resources. Increasingly, FIA scientists and scientists from universities or other organizations are working collaboratively to apply FIA data to answer broad scale research questions. Inventory results have been useful for economic development and forest planning decisions as well as analyses of timber supply, biodiversity, and risk from invasive plants at landscape and regional levels. Inventory information has been the source of feedback on policy, management, and changes in forest health across ownerships. To be useful to decision-makers, forest health assessments must go beyond the periodic inventories of the past. The program's new One-Click Factsheets are automated. They update frequently, pulling information from a database that has already gone through a very robust vetting process. The information comes from a variety of FIA data sources, including Timber Products Output and the National Woodland Owners Survey. The factsheets link to interactive maps where users can browse summaries for other states, along with regional and national statistics. One-Click Factsheets require significantly less effort to develop than previous resource updates, which allows FIA scientists to focus on regional and national products while collaborating with other USDA scientists and external researchers, to the benefit of every American who relies on forests.

Additional Resources

Forests of Alabama, 2018(publication)
Forests of Mississippi, 2017(publication)
Forests of North Carolina, 2017(publication)
Forests of Virginia, 2017(publication)

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • FIA
  • NRS