Forests at a Glance…
The Forest Resource
Nevada is unique in its forested component among the western states. The state is characterized by some 300 forested mountain “islands” separated by wide non-forested basins. Eighty-six percent of the state is non-forest and about 83 % of the land is federally owned. Though the area of forest land is relatively small, the value of this resource is immeasurable in terms of commodities, recreational uses, and aesthetic properties. From a state-wide perspective, 88% Nevada’s forests are pinyon or juniper, or a combination of these species. However, most mountain ranges include high elevation enclaves of other conifers and hardwoods that augment the diversity of vegetation types in Nevada. Forest type data shown in this graph were taken from the most recent Resource Planning Act compilation. Thus far, the Interior West FIA has published one statewide report entitled, Nevada Forest Resources.


Plot Status and Current Activity

Field crews are now collecting data on Forest Inventory plots and Forest Health plots across Nevada annually. The FIA method consists of 3 inventory phases: a remotely sensed phase (P1) and 2 field phases (P2 and P3). Field work begins in the spring and proceeds into the fall as weather permits.
Number of Plots by Plot Type
Annually, there are on average 245Phase 2 plots and 12 Phase 3 plots in Nevada. Phase 3 plots are a subset of P2 plots. In addition to the variables taken on P2 plots, P3 plots collect additional data with an emphasis on forest health.
In addition to this site, other information related to Nevada forest conditions may be found on the websites of federal and state cooperators. Click on the icons below to see what our partners are up to…
Data and Table Access
Annual inventory data are not yet available for Nevada. Customized data summaries are available by completing the menu found at FIA data retrieval systems.
Other Nevada Reports
A record of previous statewide reporting efforts is shown in the table below. Note that other special reports, brochures, and data tables using FIA data, but not shown in the table, can be found in a comprehensive list at the Nevada’s Forest Resources link.
Previous Statewide Reports
Title / Link Reference
Number *
1992 1980 Nevada Forest Resources
* USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station publication numbers are shown here. Over the years the name of the Research Station has changed. Previously it was named the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station or the Intermountain Research Station, hence the initials INT in the report number.
Inventory and Monitoring Information

For specific questions related to field procedures, current and past field manuals are available online. These manuals describe the details of plot establishment and description, forest inventory methods, and procedures used for each forest health indicator. Websites for forest health indicators give rationale for the indicator, as well as access to data, analytical procedures, and related publications.

For clients with a general interest in inventory and monitoring work elsewhere, we have compiled a short list of Inventory and Monitory On the Web. This list comprises agencies and entities with related interests in forest monitoring at various geographic scales, both within the U.S. and internationally, plus some recommended publications for those with a more technical interest in this subject.

Born, J.D., Tymcio, R.P., Casey, O.E. 1992. Nevada Forest Resources. USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. Resource Bulletin INT-76. 64 p.
Interior West Forest Inventory and Analysis
Michael Wilson, Program Manager
USDA Forest Service
507 25 th St.
Ogden, Utah 84401
(801) 625-5407