2014 National FIA User Group Abstracts

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  1. Hans Andersen , USDA Forest Service
    Research Forester

    Title: The 2014 Tanana Valley Inventory Pilot: A US Forest Service - NASA partnership to leverage advanced remote sensing technologies for forest inventory

    Interior Alaska (approx. 112 million forested acres in size) is the last remaining forested area within the United States where the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program is not currently implemented, due to the logistical complexity and high costs associated with establishing field plots in this very remote region. At the same time, there is ever-increasing interest in the potential ecological changes that may be occurring in the boreal forests of Alaska due to a warming climate. A joint NASA-FIA inventory pilot project will be carried out in the Tanana valley of interior Alaska in the summer of 2014 to evaluate a new approach to forest monitoring. In this pilot project, FIA plots will be established at a reduced (1/4th) intensity on a hexagonal grid across both Tanana Valley State Forest and Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. A modified FIA plot protocol will be used to better characterize small-diameter stands, soils, lichens/mosses, and down woody material. The relatively sparse FIA field plot sample will be augmented with sampled airborne high-resolution, remotely-sensed data acquired with the G-LiHT (Goddard-Lidar/Hyperspectral/Thermal) system to increase the precision of inventory parameter estimates.

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  2. Bill Burkman , USDA SO-FIA
    Program Manager

    Title: Combining historic and contemporary fia data to assess long-term trends: The longleaf pine footprint in the south

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  3. Chris Edgar , Texas A&M Forest Service
    Resource Analyst

    Title: FIA New Growth Accounting System: A State-Partner Perspective

    Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) recently implemented a new growth accounting system in the online data retrieval tool EVALIDator. The new system is a significant change, representing both an opportunity for new types of analyses as well as a challenge in the form of added complexity. In this presentation, EVALIDator growth estimates using the various options are presented and explained. Estimates from the other retrieval tools, FIDO and EVALIDator-PC, are also presented and compared. Considerations on selecting an appropriate growth option and retrieval tool for an analysis are offered. The presentation concludes with key points to consider when communicating with data users and clients.

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  4. Mark Finco , Red Castle Resources, Inc
    On site RSAC analyst

    Title: National Land Cover Data: Tree Canopy Cover

    Overview: What is NLCD 2011 TCC? Why did we work on this? How was the 2011 TCC produced? So, what does it look like?

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  5. Andrew Hartsell , USDA FIA
    Research Forester

    Title: National Industrial FOREST landOwner Survey

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  6. Alan Lucier , NCASI
    Senior Vice President

    Title: Using FIA data to supplement biogenic accounting factors

    EPA outlined an accounting framework for biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources in a September, 2011 document, which will be revised soon. This talk suggests a method for incorporating FIA data into this process. FIA data are used to derive the required input statistics for each of 4 regions that together cover the lower 48 states.

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  7. Dennis May , USDA NRS-FIA
    Program Manager

    Title: The current status of urban inventories

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  8. John Paul McTague , Rayonier
    Mgr. of Growth

    Title: How industry uses FIA data

    Rayonier, Inc. supplies stumpage and delivered wood to numerous forest products industries in the US South. As a service or outreach program, Rayonier will furnish FIA statistics of specific market basins to its customers. The information includes statistics regarding ownership, standing inventory, and growth-to-removal ratios. This information is helpful in increasing rapport with Rayonier's customers and enhancing goodwill. Customized basin specific reports have been provided to customers that are studying potential sites for new mills. FIA data is routinely used as input to the long-term price models using the NCSU-SRTS model.

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  9. Kevin Megown , USDA FIA
    RSAC

    Title: Image-based Change Estimation

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  10. Gretchen Moisen , IW-FIA
    Research Forester

    Title: Observing change: Changing observation

    FIA is making great strides in expanding its modes of observation by integrating field plots with air- and space-borne data to improve our ability to capture land use and land cover change. A considerable amount of progress has been made over the last year in many of our remote sensing projects including the Image-based Change Estimation (ICE), Timesync, North American Forest Dynamics (NAFD), Forest Carbon Management Framework (ForCaMF), and Landscape Change Monitoring System (LCMS). Here, we highlight this progress and illustrate how these projects are coming together to advance our ability to detect and monitor changes, their causes, and impacts.

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  11. Todd Morgan , Bureau of Business and Economic Research, UMT
    CF

    Title: Combining TimberProducts Output (TPO) with FIA (and Other) Data

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  12. Gretchen Nicholas , PNW RMA-FIA
    Program Manager

    Title: The future for remote sensing in FIA

    Increased availability of remote sensing technologies in the 1990s extended well beyond the historical use of aerial photography. This coincided with an increasing focus on regional and national resource assessments to address issues such as climate change, endangered species, and land use/land cover change assessment. In the decade following, small scale applications proliferated as landowners applied combinations of remote sensing tools in an effort to increase efficiency of field activities such as harvest planning and various aspects of resource assessments. Several future emphasis areas are proposed:

    1 Validation Efforts are ongoing to identify the best methods for integrating ground and remotely-sensed data to create spatial predictions of vegetation attributes.
    2 Consolidation As applications with similar initial processing requirements are created, it will be necessary to start consolidation of these applications to process the data once for a number of uses.
    3 Application New technologies at smaller scales can increase information available to resource inventories and increase efficiency of data acquisition. These applications are being developed and will require accurate plot locations for matching high-resolution remote sensing and field data.
    4 Integration Advances in ability to serve remote sensing data give rise to the possibility of significant advances in the presentation of mapped data in online reports.

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  13. Hobie Perry , USDA Forest Service
    Research Scientist

    Title: FIA Remote Sensing and Spatial Products

    FIA is actively developing geospatial data products compiled from remotely sensed data as companions to the traditional field inventory. These products have utility to both "power" users and laypersons. In either case, the data are useful only when they are authoritative, current, and well-distributed for use. I review several efforts within FIA: a) to develop new geospatial data, b) to apply this data to novel analyses which broaden the community of FIA stakeholders, and c) to distribute this data in both dense and lightweight formats.

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  14. Steve Prisley , Virginia Tech
    Professor

    Title: A user's wish list for extracting more value from FIA data

    The FIA program has made a series of substantial and positive improvements over the last two decades. Its value to the natural resources data user community has increased substantially. There are ongoing needs for less dramatic improvements that will continue to provide enhanced value. Some noted opportunities for enhancement include some enhancements to web-based data delivery tools, some improvements to the accessibility of valuable data, and some ways to assist users with performing more advanced analyses of FIA data. This presentation will suggest some improvements in these areas.

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  15. Greg Reams , USDA Forest Service
    FIA National Program Leader

    Title: A Vision for FIA Over the Next Five Years

    In February, 2014 Congress passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 also referred to as the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill of 1998, set FIA in an unprecedented direction for implementing annual inventory across the entire U.S. with one large exception, the interior of Alaska. We will complete implementation and re-measurement of the annual inventory, including interior Alaska and the requests of the Farm Bill. With the success of establishing full national implementation, items from the Farm Bill naturally take advantage of the longitudinal re-measurement and trend monitoring that FIA national coverage offers. FIA is tasked with annual reporting on changes in our nations forest carbon stocks and flows. With the annual forest carbon task comes the need for comprehensive sampling and estimation of land use classifications that allows for tracking of area and trees into and out of forest,urban, agriculture, range, and other lands. Attribution of land use change and sampling in areas other than traditional forest land use is the key to unlocking the power of FIA for comprehensive reporting of the value of trees. All trees are handy trees to someone, and the requests of the Farm Bill make that clear.

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  16. Greg Reams , USDA Forest Service
    FIA National Program Leader

    Title: Opportunities for FIA to Partner with Others: What does FIA Need from Users?

    FIAs success since the Farm Bill of 1998 is due to our partnerships with state forestry agencies, universities, and NGO research organizations. The Farm Bill of 2014 is requesting that FIA double-down on partnerships in the implementation of interior Alaska, urban inventories, improved biomass and carbon estimation, enhanced land use and land cover change information and analyses, and collaboration with NOAA, NASA, USGS for improved use of remote sensing and spatial analyses. One of the most interesting requests is to promote availability of and access to non-Federal resources to improve information analysis and information management. Input from the partner and user community is especially needed for FIA to move forward on use of non-Federal resources to improve analyses and program delivery.

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  17. Frank Sapio , USDA Forest Service
    RSAC

    Title: 2013 - 2027 National Insect and Disease Forest Risk Assessment

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  18. Brian Schwind , USFS-RSAC
    Center Director

    Title: RSAC and FIA Collaboration - An Effective Partnership to Develop Landscape Information

    Integrating geospatial and forest inventory data and analytical tools is rapidly becoming the strongest practice for developing meaningful estimations and depictions of forest landscapes. The ability to characterize forests in spatially explicit and continuous formats through the integration of Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) data and remote sensing data is a primary example of how forest information systems have become more robust. Through a well-developed collaboration, the Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC) and FIA program staff have worked to develop forest information resources that improve the basis for landscape assessment and monitoring. We will present an overview of the RSAC-FIA collaboration and ongoing efforts to develop and deliver comprehensive and authoritative information resources about forests and changes in forest landscapes.

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  19. Paul Van Deusen , NCASI
    Principal Research Scientist

    Title: Comparing combinations of cycle length and plot intensity

    Cycle length and plot intensity impact the cost and utility of FIA plot data. The effects of making changes in these key attributes are discussed. Overall field cost depends on the total number of plots measured annually.

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  20. James Westfall , USDAS FIA
    Research Forester

    Title: FIA NATIONAL BIOMASS PROJECT

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  21. James Westfall , USDAS FIA
    Research Forester

    Title: METHODS FOR ASSIGNING TREE GROWTH TO CLASSIFICATION VARIABLES

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  22. Michael Wilson , RMRS IW-FIA
    Program Manager

    Title: FIA Approach to Improve Flexibility in the FIA Program

    We're looking to our partners for new ideas to help the Program meet ongoing and new information demands, although Congress has yet to provide full funding. Lately, we've been on a downward trend, but the needs list is growing. The FIA Program has taken numerous steps to increase efficiencies in data collection, nationalizing compilation, and contracting externally. However, we're reaching a point of diminishing returns on these efforts, so we must find creative solutions for increasing funding, identifying cost reductions, and/or addressing our original premise. We have looked at a variety of measures the local FIA units have suggested or tested to save costs or improve information acquisition.

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  23. Christopher Woodall , NRS FIA
    Research Forester

    Title: The US National Greenhouse Gas Inventory of Forests: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

    Forest inventory data from the FIA program is the foundation for the development of the US's official inventory of greenhouse gases associated with forest land use. Recent advances and outputs from the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory are presented along with discussion of near-term deliverables and longer term strategic vision for where the inventory may be headed in the years ahead.

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