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Forest Inventory and Analysis Plots Provide Foundational Data for Experimental Forest Network

Photo of Plot center of FIA plot on the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. FIA plots are non-destructive and measure growth, mortality, and removal of trees and other forest vegetation.Plot center of FIA plot on the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. FIA plots are non-destructive and measure growth, mortality, and removal of trees and other forest vegetation.Snapshot : New Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots are being installed across the Southern Research Station Experimental Forest Network. The purpose of these plots is to:Generate baseline data about tree attributes and forest health,Create a universal sampling method, andProvide an infrastructure for long-term complementary studies. This work will increase communication across experimental forests and offer foundational data that will be used to maintain and improve the health of our forests and other natural resources.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Boggs, JohnnyLaseter, Stephanie H.
Research Location : Southeastern United States
Research Station : Southern Research Station (SRS)
Year : 2020
Highlight ID : 1715

Summary

The SRS FIA Program collects, analyzes, and reports on the status, trends, and condition of America's forests: how much forest exists, where it exists, and how it is changing.  A pilot study in 2009 installed 50 FIA plots on the Coweeta, Calhoun, and Santee Experimental Forests and laid the foundation for how to develop a series of experiments across the SRS Experimental Forest Network. These experiments will provide the infrastructure necessary to conduct broad-scale studies across the South, expand collaborative research opportunities, and increase connectivity between experimental forests. In 2020, the Network team and FIA installed the first plots on the Bent Creek and Palustris Experimental Forests. FIA plots and collection methods are a low-cost, reliable way of generating a consistent set of measurements across the Network that will help local and regional planners develop strategies to sustain forest lands in the southeastern U.S.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Forest Inventory and Analysis
  • FIA certified crews of the southeastern states.