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AFE 2021: Eyes on Alaska Forests – What’s Happening in Science, Inventory and Monitoring
April 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Understanding the status of our Alaska forests is critical for timber industry, natural resources managers, communities, and vital for long term conservation practices. Join us for a virtual technical session describing Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) work and the dynamics of forests in coastal and interior Alaska. We will share how forest inventory data are collected, providing updates on the current status of this monumental job of inventorying the vast forests of Alaska, including the Interior – the last region to be included in the nationwide FIA effort. We also share the most recent estimates of forest biomass and carbon from various regions, land managers and forest types within Alaska. The USDA Forest Service, FIA program is tasked with maintaining a census of our nation’s forests using nationally consistent methods. FIA data provide detailed landscape-scale assessments of the status and trends of forests across a variety of forest types, owners and regions. Once collected, FIA data are made freely available to the public and are used by a wide array of clients, including academic and government researchers, the timber industry, natural resource managers, and state and federal agencies seeking to improve greenhouse gas accounting to mitigate climate change. FIA has inventoried the forests of southeast and southcentral Alaska since 1995, while the Interior Alaska inventory has been underway since 2014.
Presenters: Kate Legner, US Forest Service
Sean Cahoon, US Forest Service