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Comprehensive inventory of Utah's forest resources, 1993

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
This report presents the results of an inventory of Utah's forest lands, completed in 1995. It is the first of its kind for the Interior West States in that it includes all forested lands, regardless of ownership or administrative status. It also includes information on a multitude of forest ecosystem attributes.

Forest Health Monitoring in the Interior West: A baseline summary of forest issues, 1996-1999

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Although forest health may be difficult to define and measure, a strong demand exists for assessment of forest conditions at various state, regional, and national scales. Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) is a national program designed to measure the status, changes, and trends of forest conditions annually.

Ecosystem-based management in the lodgepole pine zone

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
The significant geographic extent of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) in the interior West and the large proportion within the mixed-severity fire regime has led to efforts for more ecologically based management of lodgepole pine. New research and demonstration activities are presented that may provide knowledge and techniques to manage lodgepole pine forests in the interior West.

Black Hills Experimental Forest

Experimental Forests and Ranges Posted on: September 09, 2015
The Black Hills Experimental Forest is approximately 7 miles north of Pactola Visitor Center and 20 miles northwest of Rapid City, South Dakota on the Black Hills National Forest. This 1,374 hectare Experimental Forest is dominated by ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa var. scopulorum). Other trees on the BHEF include white spruce (Picea glauca) and quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides).

Vulnerability assessments: Synthesis and application for aquatic species and their habitats in the western U.S.

Projects Posted on: April 22, 2015
The aquatics synthesis project aimed to improve access and application of relevant climate change data for aquatic resource managers and researchers. The Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative, recognizing the need for syntheses and tools for climate change adaptation, sponsored this effort.

Science You Can Use Bulletin: Coming to a landscape near you: Natural resource changes in the Interior West

Publications Posted on: March 04, 2015
In the coming decades, population growth, economic growth, and associated land-use changes - in concert with climate change - will influence forests and rangelands in the Interior West. Society’s demand for ecosystem goods and services continues to increase as human and biophysical change alter the productive capacity of these lands.

Brochure for Interior West Forest Inventory & Analysis (IWFIA)

Documents and Media Posted on: January 22, 2015
This brochure provides an overview of the Interior West Forest Inventory & Analysis (IWFIA) program. It describes benefits, methods of data collection, typical users, and potential applications of FIA data. Document Type: Briefing Papers

Stratifying to reduce bias caused by high nonresponse rates: A case study from New Mexico’s forest inventory

Publications Posted on: October 31, 2013
The USDA Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program applies specific sampling and analysis procedures to estimate a variety of forest attributes. FIA’s Interior West region uses post-stratification, where strata consist of forest/nonforest polygons based on MODIS imagery, and assumes that nonresponse plots are distributed at random across each stratum.

Characteristics of aspen infected with heartrot: Implications for cavity-nesting birds

Publications Posted on: November 29, 2010
Phellinus tremulae is an important fungal decay agent common to aspen and a critical component to the cavity-nesting bird complex found in western aspen stands. Little information exists on the conditions that facilitate infection and spread of P. tremulae in aspen forests. I used Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data to explore the relationships of several tree and stand characteristics to the presence and frequency of P.


Publications Posted on: July 19, 2007
Quaking or trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) is the only aspen in western North America. Therefore, in this part of the continent, it is commonly and correctly referred to simply as "aspen". Throughout much of the interior West, it is the only upland hardwood. Aspen occupies millions of acres, and, in some states, it is the most widespread forest type.