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The Enhanced Forest Inventory and Analysis Program of the USDA Forest Service: Historical Perspective and Announcement of Statistical Documentation

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The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program of the USDA Forest Service has initiated a transition from regional, periodic inventories to an enhanced national FIA program featuring annual measurement of a proportion of plots in each state, greater national consistency, and integration with the ground sampling component of the Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) program. The transition has required conceptual and technical changes in the statistical methodology that supports the program. This article provides a brief historical perspective on the FIA program, announces publication of the statistical documentation supporting the program, previews individual chapters in the documentation, and provides a brief discussion of areas where investigations are continuing.

Keywords: Ends-ways-means; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; remote sensing; sampling estimation

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Group Leader for Research and Analysis Forest Inventory and Analysis, North Central Research Station USDA Forest Service 1992 Folwell Avenue, St. Paul MN 55108, Email: 2: Acting Project Leader Forest Health Monitoring Research, Southern Research Station USDA Forest Service 200 Weaver Boulevard Asheville NC 28804, Email: 3: Statistician Forest Inventory and Analysis, Rocky Mountain Research Station USDA Forest Service 507 25th Street Ogden UT 84401, Email: 4: Program Manager Forest Inventory and Analysis, Northeastern Research Station USDA Forest Service 11 Campus Boulevard, Suite 200 Newtown Square PA 19073, Email: 5: National Program Leader Forest Inventory and Analysis, National Office USDA Forest Service 1601 North Kent Street, Suite 400 Arlington VA 22209, Email:

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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