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    Author(s): Roger Lord
    Date: 2000
    Source: In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C., eds. Proceedings of the First Annual Forest Inventory and Analysis Symposium; Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-213. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station: 49-54
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: North Central Research Station
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    The Forest Inventory and Analysis Program serves important public interests by providing credible data for informed public forest policy debates as well as feedback to the forest-based economic market. This feedback, which affects timber price expectations, helps ensure resource sustainability by promoting better investment decision making within the forest products sector. Industry's use of FIA data is illustrated by the types of analysis performed by Boise Cascade Corporation. Key needs include more timely and consistent data across all forestlands, improved spatial resolution, and integration of socioeconomic variables that affect timber availability. Concerns about the implementation of the annual inventory program required by the 1998 Farm Bill, particularly in the western states, are discussed.

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    Lord , Roger. 2000. Annual Forest Inventory: An Industry Perspective. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C., eds. Proceedings of the First Annual Forest Inventory and Analysis Symposium; Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-213. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station: 49-54

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