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Rationale for a National Annual Forest Inventory Program

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The USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program is changing to an annual inventory system that will operate at reduced intensity simultaneously in all states every year. This system will provide annual inventory updates in all parts of the country every year, and will make it easier for partners (mainly state forestry agencies) to collaborate in program planning and implementation. The change has significant implications for traditional and new users of the national inventory system.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Leader, Forest Inventory National Program, USDA Forest Service, 201 14th Street SW, PO Box 96090, Washington, DC 20090-6090

Publication date: 1999-12-01

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