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    This publication provides an overview of the forest resources in Massachusetts based upon inventories conducted by the USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program of the Northern Research Station. Information about the national and regional FIA program is available online at Since 2003, FIA has implemented an annual inventory in the State and currently measures 14 percent of the sample plots each year. For the 2017 inventory, estimates for current variables, such as area, volume, and biomass, are based on 790 plots inventoried from 2011-2017. Change variables, such as net growth, removals, and mortality, are based on 753 plots inventoried in 2008-2012 and resampled in 2011-2017. Estimates from earlier annual and periodic inventories are included for comparison. See Bechtold and Patterson (2005) and O'Connell et al. (2017) for definitions and technical details.

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    Butler, Brett J. 2018. Forests of Massachusetts, 2017. Resource Update FS-161. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 3 p.


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