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Inventory & Monitoring

The Inventory and Monitoring strategic priority involves the acquisition and analysis of information related to characterizing natural resources at different scales as well as the interaction of those resources with human values and interests.  It targets both current resource status as well as trends over time in the context of changing climate, different management strategies, and natural disturbance processes.  It includes the development of new inventory and monitoring methods and techniques – such as plot-based, remote sensing, or genetic approaches – as well as the application of various methodologies to local- and broad-scale assessments.  A major element of this strategic priority is the Interior West unit of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) national program.  Major elements include components measured, approaches used, time frame, geographic extend, and scope of inventory.