Vegetation Inventory

The R5 vegetation inventory program is part of a national Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program. It uses a quasi-systematic sample design to allocate plots across all forest lands regardless of ownership. This Region has augmented the national program by installing plots on all vegetation growth forms, not just forested types, and also by targeting rarer types. The design is intended to provide a baseline vegetation inventory from which long-term monitoring of change (growth, mortality, species composition, etc.) can be assessed. In addition, post-fire plots have been collected to analyze the effects of fire damages on tree, ground surface cover, understory vegetation and downed woody material.

Updates to the inventory data are in progress. To request the archived plot data, please contact Kama Kennedy with your name, phone number, email, and a description how you will be using the data.