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    Inventory foresters often quake when asked to count tree seedlings, because the work is tedious and sometimes means tallying hundreds of stems. They also know that the density and quality of advance regeneration are key to the success of new stand establishment. Seedling counts provide valuable information on regeneration adequacy, forest diversity, wildlife habitat, and the sustainability of native forests. In response to a general lack of information on advance regeneration at the landscape level, the US Forest Service's Northern Research Station’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (NRS-FIA) program has launched a region-wide study (24 states) that includes complete measurement of regeneration.

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    McWilliams, Will; Lehman, Shawn; Roth, Paul; Westfall, Jim. 2012. Forest Service's Northern Research Station FIA launches 24-state study of forest regeneration. The ForestrySource. 17(12): 12, 15.

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