This report highlights key findings from 2012 data collected by the Forest Inventory and Analysis program across all forested land on four islands in American Samoa, updating previously published findings from data collected in 2001 (Donnegan et al. 2004). We summarize and interpret basic resource information such as estimates of forest area, stem volume, biomass, numbers of trees, damages to trees, and tree size distribution as well as overstory and understory vegetation cover and information on invasive plant species presence and cover. Detailed tables and graphical highlights are included to help inform resource managers and policymakers, as well as educate the public regarding the status and trends of their local natural resources. The appendices provide details on inventory methods and design and include summary tables of data, with statistical error, for the wide variety of forest characteristics inventoried.
Lazaro, Michelle K.; Kuegler, Olaf; Stanton, Sharon M.; Lehman, Ashley D.; Taufete’e, Mary L.; Yatskov, Mikhail A. 2019. American Samoa’s forest resources: Forest inventory and analysis, 2012. Resour. Bull. PNW-RB-269. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 51 p.