Fish: Inventory & Monitoring

The mission of the agency, as described in the Strategic Plan, 2004-2008, is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Data and information from the inventory and monitoring program provide the requisite foundation to accomplish this mission and to meet the Forest Service's business requirements.

Overall objectives of Inventory and Monitoring are to:

  • Improve the knowledge base to enhance scientific understanding of ecosystems, including human uses to support decision-making of the nation's forests and grasslands;
  • Fulfill agreements for inventory and monitoring results with domestic and international partners;
  • Provide continuous data, information, and analyses to decision makers for adaptive management of national forests and grasslands; and
  • Provide the information necessary to assess the management of Forest Service programs and support cost-effective program delivery.

Key Aquatic Inventory and Monitoring Web Sites:

PACFISH/INFISH Effectiveness Monitoring
(PIBO, RMRS, Logan, UT)

PACFISH/INFISH Implementation Monitoring
(IIT IM Monitoring, RMRS, Boise, ID)

The Western Center for Monitoring and Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems

Interagency Regional Monitoring Program – In the Pacific Northwest (Watershed)