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Pros and cons of continuous forest inventory: customer perspectivesAuthor(s): Andrew J. R. Gillespie
Source: In: Hansen, Mark; Burk, Tom, eds. Integrated tools for natural resources inventories in the 21st century. Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-212. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station. 60-66.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionThe USDA Forest Service has historically conducted forest inventory on a state-by-state cycle, producing relatively high precision snapshots of forest resources for a given state at 7- to 15-year intervals. We are now considering a change to a continuous inventory system where we would operate at reduced intensity simultaneously in all states every year. Advantages for customers include the continuous availability of data that are on average half a cycle old; access to data of a uniform age across administrative boundaries; increased opportunities for partnering with Forest Inventory and Analysis, including funding intensification or special studies; a permanent role in an ongoing inventory program; and increased program efficiency. Disadvantages include the elimination of the periodic higher precision inventory; a potential loss of credibility among end users; the risk of poor program service for states unable or unwilling to contribute to the program; and the possibility that the continuous approach will be more expensive than the periodic in some parts of the country.
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CitationGillespie, Andrew J. R. 2000. Pros and cons of continuous forest inventory: customer perspectives. In: Hansen, Mark; Burk, Tom, eds. Integrated tools for natural resources inventories in the 21st century. Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-212. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station. 60-66.
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