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    This resource update provides an overview of forest resources in Indiana based on an inventory conducted by the USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program at the Northern Research Station in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Estimates are based on field data collected using the FIA annualized strategic sample design and are updated yearly. In 2014, NRS-FIA changed to a 7-year inventory cycle, wherein 1/7th (14.3 percent) of the plots will be measured annually. For the 2017 inventory, estimates for current variables such as area, volume, and biomass are based on 4,683 plot samples (1,248 forested) collected from 2011–2017. Change variables such as net growth, removals, and mortality are based on 4,533 plots (1,182 forested) collected in 2006–2011 and remeasured in 2011–2016. Estimates from earlier inventories are shown for comparison. Data used in this publication were accessed from the FIA database in May 2018. See Bechtold and Patterson (2005), Burrill et al. (2017), and Gormanson et al. (2018) for definitions and technical details. A complete set of inventory tables is available at

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    Gormanson, Dale D. 2018. Forest of Indiana, 2017. Resource Update FS-165. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.


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