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    Author(s): Sara A. GoekingPaul L. Patterson
    Date: 2013
    Source: Res. Note RMRS-RN-59. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 22 p.
    Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    The USDA Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program applies specific sampling and analysis procedures to estimate a variety of forest attributes. FIA’s Interior West region uses post-stratification, where strata consist of forest/nonforest polygons based on MODIS imagery, and assumes that nonresponse plots are distributed at random across each stratum. The sample of New Mexico’s forests during 2005-2013 did not meet this assumption due to a large number of private landowners who denied permission to access plots on their properties. We developed a modified stratification scheme to minimize bias in our estimates of forest attributes. The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to document the customized stratification methods used for the New Mexico forest inventory of 2005-2013, and second, to provide sufficient instructions for application of this method to other states or inventories where high nonresponse rates occur.

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    Goeking, Sara A.; Patterson, Paul L. 2013. Stratifying to reduce bias caused by high nonresponse rates: A case study from New Mexico’s forest inventory. Res. Note RMRS-RN-59. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 22 p.

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    Forest inventory, FIA, stratification, nonresponse, bias, Interior West

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