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Rocky Mountain Research Station Forest Inventory & Analysis: Montana

Background

Distribution of inventory plots by ownership, showing Federal land management, Montana, cycle 2, 2003-2009. Note: plot locations are approximate and some on private land are randomly swapped.
Distribution of inventory plots by ownership, showing Federal land management, Montana, cycle 2, 2003-2009. Note: plot locations are approximate and some on private land are randomly swapped.
Inventory and monitoring efforts conducted by Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists present a systematic compilation of forest statistics of the state.

Montana’s forests cover almost 26 million acres, or about 28 percent of the State’s land area. These forests encompass a wide variety of environments and forest types that are valued for their scenic beauty, wood and non-timber forest products, wildlife habitat, and ecosystem services. There are 15,854 permanent forest inventory plots in Montana, and about 28 percent of these plots contain accessible forest land that will continue to be measured by field crews every 10 years. The estimates for this summary were generated from data in the online FIA database (FIADB) uploaded in September 2016 (FIA database download).

Putting Montana FIA data to work

 

See FIA Annual Reports and Forest Resources publications for Montana: https://www.fs.fed.us/rm/ogden/publications/montana.shtml

See Montana's forest resources, 2006-2015: https://www.fs.usda.gov/rmrs/publications/montana%E2%80%99s-forest-resources-2006-2015

 

Open the interactive overview of forest inventory information in Montana in a new webpage: https://arcg.is/0fyTKS​ 

Visit the USFS National Interior West Forest Inventory & Analysis webpage: https://www.fs.fed.us/rm/ogden/