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Evaluation of a Computerized Timber Inventory System for Nonindustrial Private Forest Landowners

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Foresters in many Minnesota counties are interested in gaining access to an automated land use inventory of NIPF lands. The Private Lands Information System (PLIS) was developed to provide field foresters in three Minnesota counties with access to a map-based inventory of NIPF timber stands. An evaluation of that system indicated that most users were pleased with its performance as a tool for targeting areas for management assistance, for working more effectively, and for addressing new issues. PLIS was less expensive to develop initially and to reinventory, on a per land unit basis, than the system which is being applied to state and county lands in Minnesota. However, there is no evidence to suggest which system is more cost effective. Up-front planning is required to develop a system that meets user needs. North. J. Appl. For. 10(3): 123-127.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108

Publication date: September 1, 1993

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.
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