The Inventory & Monitoring Program provides the data, analysis, and tools needed to effectively identify current status and trends for forests, including the effects of various management options and the threats and impacts of fire, insects, disease, and other natural processes.
The Inventory & Monitoring Program conducts and continuously updates a comprehensive inventory and analysis of present and prospective conditions of the forest and rangelands of the Interior West. Specific objectives of the Program are to:
Collect and disseminate information about the forests of the Interior West States relating to forest distribution, condition, health and utilization;
Develop innovative methods for sampling and integrating inventory data with remotely sensed information;
Maintain a database of up-to-date statistics in order to provide resource information to the Forest Service, its cooperators, other public agencies, and the public at large; and
Develop methods and procedures to test and evaluate indicators for assessing rangeland status and health.