2015 National FIA User Group Abstracts

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  1. Bill Burkman , FIA SRS
    Program Manager

    Title: Expectations for the budget on core data and cycle length.

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  2. Bill Burkman , FIA SRS
    Program Manager

    Title: Tree Planting Survey Results and Future Plans.

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  3. Bill Burkman , FIA SRS
    Program Manager

    Title: FIA DATA TOOLS: Who uses them and future directions?

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  4. Brett Butler , USDA FS NRS FIA
    Research Forester

    Title: National Woodland Owners Survey (NWOS) Update

    The NWOS staff is busy analyzing the 2011-2013 iteration of the survey and planning for the future. The 2011-2013 NWOS products are currently focusing on family forest and woodland ownerships with 10 or more acres of forest/woodland. These products will include: an RPA report with thousands of summary tables; a journal article summarizing general trends; a small summary brochure; two-page state summaries; an updated NWOS Table Maker program; methods documentation; and journal articles on specific topics, such as landowner engagement and female landowners. Future products from the 2011-2013 data will focus on family forest and woodland ownerships with 1-9 acres of forest/woodland and other private ownerships groups, such as corporate.

    The OMB review package for the next iteration of the NWOS has been submitted. This next iteration will expand the NWOS into urban areas, include a new corporate ownership survey, and, for family ownerships, include new science modules looking at climate change, wildfire, invasive species, decision making, and landowner engagement. We are currently seeking partners interested in intensifying the next iteration of the NWOS, interested in helping us pre-test the survey instruments, or both.

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  5. John Coulston , FIA SRS
    TPO Program Manager

    Title: FIA and Remote Sensing For Land Use Change.

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  6. John Coulston , FIA SRS
    TPO Program Manager

    Title: Progress toward creating a national TPO program.

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  7. Jesse Henderson , NCSU, SOFAC
    Research Associate

    Title: How is FIA data used in the SubRegional Timber Supply (SRTS) model?

    The SubRegional Timber Supply (SRTS) model is a forest economic model of the U.S. South. SRTS uses FIA data to determine the initial conditions of a market-based forecast of forest product inventory, removals, prices and age class distribution. The resulting data is conveyed through peer-reviewed articles and directly to members of the Southern Forest Resource Assessment Consortium (SOFAC). SOFAC members (industry, government, non-profits) primarily consume FIA data indirectly through SRTS results. We show an application of SRTS and how FIA data is used and highlight some open questions on how current trends can be represented by the data.

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  8. Dale Hogg , Plum Creek Timber Company
    Manger- Forest Biometrics

    Title: Discussion about importance of tree planting survey.

    It is important FIA continues to provide and improve the annual estimate planting acres. This data is a leading indication of future supply issues, is useful for economic analysis and provides state foresters with useful data for educational and policy proposes. Historically, this data was reported annually by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, State and Private Forestry (S&PF) in the publication "Tree Planters' Notes". This publication was discontinued in 2000 and resumed in 2013 published in a Forest Service Publication "Forest Nursery Seedling Production in the United States-Fiscal Year 2013". We will discuss the issues with the current data collection and acreage calculation, how estimated planting acres compare with FIA data, and the opportunities to improve and quantify those estimates.

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  9. Dennis May , FIA NRS
    Program Manager

    Title: Urban Inventory.

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  10. Brooks Mendell , FORISK.COM
    Consultant

    Title: How FIA data supports industry and jobs.

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  11. Gretchen Nicholas , PNW FIA
    Program Manager

    Title: Interior Alaska Inventory Pilot

    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, A joint NASA-FIA inventory pilot project was carried out in Interior AlaskaNA019s Tanana Valley State Forest and Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge in 2014 to increase familiarity with interior Alaska logistics and evaluate the utility of NASANA019s G-LiHT instrument. G-LiHT provides high-resolution (<1 m) remote sensing with lidar, hyperspectral and thermal airborne imaging. The data is accurately georeferenced and can be matched very precisely with field plot data that are georeferenced using sub-meter precision GPS. G-LiHT data was acquired along single swaths (250 meters wide) spaced 9.3 km apart over the entire Tanana inventory unit (145,000 sq.km). Because the field sample is a probability sample (regular hexagonal grid), standard FIA estimation approaches (Bechtold and Patterson, green book) can be used to generate design-unbiased estimates of inventory parameters. Some preliminary results will be available in time for the April meeting.

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  12. Sonja Oswalt , USDA FS FIA
    Forester

    Title: Forest Area and Species Trends in the US.

    Forest area and composition are basic and important metrics for understanding the state of our resource in the United States. In this presentation, I discuss various ways to define trees and forests, and present forest area trends for the nation spanning 150 years. Additionally, information is given regarding ownership patterns, stand origin, and forest-type and species trends over the last several decades.

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  13. Greg Reams , Forest Service-FIA
    National Program Leader

    Title: FIA Leadership Change, the Farm Bill and the Strategic Plan

    FIA is housed with the Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment Research Staff of Forest Service's R&D Deputy Chief area. The director position is currently vacant since the retirement of Dr. Rich Guldin in early January, 2015. News on acting assignments until the job is filled will be shared. The new FIA Strategic Plan called for in the 2014 Farm Bill was transmitted to the House Committee on Agriculture and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on March 2, 2015. The report in compliance with Public Law 111-88, after 45 days will be posted to the Forest Service website at:http//www.fs.fed.us/about-agency/budget-performance. A synopsis of the plan will be shared at the User Group Meeting.

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  14. Sharon Stanton , FIA PNW
    Analyst

    Title: Expectations for the budget and impacts on core data and cycle lengths.

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  15. Paul Van Deusen , NCASI
    Principal Research Scientist

    Title: What We Hope to Accomplish:A review of recent User Group Meeting Recommendations

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  16. Paul Van Deusen , NCASI
    Principal Research Scientist

    Title: Discussion about adequacy of FIA for trend estimation and when should remeasured plot data be made available for western states.

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  17. Jim Westfal , FIA NRS
    Analyst

    Title: Status of Biomass data collection and modeling effort.

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  18. Tom Wirth , USEPA
    Analyst

    Title: EPA Carbon Accounting and Recent RPA Assessments

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  19. Christopher Woodall , USFS FIA
    Research Forester

    Title: Update on carbon accounting with the FIA program

    A national system of field inventory plots (FIA) is the primary data source for the annual assessment of US forest carbon (C) stocks and stock-change to meet reporting requirements under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The inventory data and their role in national carbon reporting continue to evolve. The framework of the previous C accounting system (up through 2015) was developed more than a decade ago when FIANA019s annual inventory system was just being implemented and contemporary questions regarding the terrestrial C sink (e.g., attribution) did not exist. The time has come to develop a new framework that can quickly address new questions, enables C analytics, and uses all the inventory information (e.g., disturbances and land use change) while having the flexibility to engage a wider breadth of stakeholders and partner agencies. The current and future status of the science and framework of the USNA019 official C inventory will be discussed in the context of UNFCCC reporting and future C commitments.

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