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What’s been going on in Nevada’s Forests?

Date: April 04, 2022

Assessment and trends for Nevada’s forest resources.


This research is part of a continuing effort of the USDA Forest Service Forest inventory and Analysis program to routinely report on the extent of forest resources and summarize trends in their abundance and condition in each state. 

This report presents a summary of the most recent Forest Inventory and Analysis data of Nevada’s forests based on field data collected between 2009 and 2018. Many of the results were compared to those from the 2004 - 2013 evaluation period. Results show Nevada’s forest land is dominated by pinyon-juniper woodlands, which have had positive net growth and volume over the evaluation period (2009-2018). Most other forest types experienced negative net growth, volume, and biomass. In addition, the report includes a case study for using the Forest Vegetation Simulator tool for projecting possible future conditions in Nevada’s pinyon-juniper woodlands. 

Bar graph showing growth of live trees and mortality for the six species that make up the greatest tree volume. Error bars represent +/- one standard error of the estimate. Nevada 2009-2018.
Growth of live trees and mortality for the six species that make up the greatest tree volume. Error bars represent +/- one standard error of the estimate. Nevada 2009-2018.

Key Findings

  • Nevada’s forest land covers 10.6 million acres, most of which has remained in its current state relative to the last estimation period (~10 years).
  • Fire has affected more acres of forest land in Nevada than all other disturbances combined.
  • Forest Vegetation Simulator can be useful to managers for predicting change in forest structure and composition over time.

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