Using innovative approaches to establish long-term plots throughout the state of Alaska for monitoring forest resources.
Forest Inventory and Analysis is a consistent, national monitoring program covering all forest ownerships. We work with land managers as partners to provide a wealth of data that crosses management boundaries, just as disturbance, climatic events, and forest changes span boundaries. Together we answer questions to help sustain our forests and the communities that depend on them:
Interior Alaska Inventory
The Interior Alaska Forest Inventory & Analysis project was launched by the PNW Research Station’s Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Anchorage, Alaska, in collaboration with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, and NASA. This new project will inventory the remaining 15 percent of U.S. forested land not yet covered in the FIA sample. The Interior Alaska effort will install about 4,800 new FIA plots on the ground over 12-15 years and supplement this data utilizing cutting edge remote sensing techniques (NASA’s G-LiHT system).
Follow these links for more information about the Interior Alaska FIA project:
Inventory methods consist of standard Phase 2 FIA protocols with enhanced vegetation, lichen and moss ground cover, soils and tree ring measurements specific to the boreal forests of Interior Alaska. PNW RMA scientists continue to cooperate with NASA and the next generation of Goddard’s LiDAR, Hyperspectral and Thermal Imager (G-LiHT). The G-LiHT sensor suite enables integration with field data acquisition for model assisted landscape classification and vegetation attribute estimation like forest biomass and carbon sequestration.
The specific instructions for FIA Data Collection can be found in the FIA Data Collection Field Manuals