This publication provides an overview of the forest resources in West Virginia based upon inventories conducted by the U.S. 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 www.fia.fs.fed.us. Since 2004, FIA has implemented an annual inventory measuring 14 percent of sample plots each year. For the 2017 inventory, estimates for current variables, such as area, volume, and biomass, are based on 2,424 (2,086 forested) plots inventoried from 2011–2017. Change variables, such as net growth, removals, and mortality, are based on 2,003 (1,676 forested) plots inventoried in 2009–2012 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. Additional data and reports are available online (www.nrs.fs.fed.us/fia/data-tools/state-reports/WV). A complete set of inventory tables is available at https://doi.org/10.2737/FS-RU-174.
Morin, Randall S. 2018. Forests of West Virginia, 2017. Resource Update FS-174. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 3 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/FS-RU-174.