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    This publication provides an overview of forest resources in Maryland based on inventories conducted by the U.S. Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program of the Northern Research Station. From 2004-2013, FIA employed an annual inventory measuring data on 20 percent of all sample plots each year in Maryland. Beginning in 2014, FIA is on a 7-year cycle, inventorying 14.3 percent of all plots annually. For the 2016 inventory, estimates for current variables such as area, volume, and biomass are based on 985 plots (432 forested) collected from 2011-2016. Change variables, such as net growth, removals, and mortality, are based on 940 plots (394 forested) collected in 2006-2011 and resampled in 2011-2016.Estimates from earlier annual and periodic inventories are shown for comparison. See Bechtoldand Patterson (2005), O'Connell et al. (2013), and Gormanson et al (2017) for definitions and technical details.

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    Lister, Tonya W. 2017. Forests of Maryland, 2016. Resource Update FS-136. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.


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