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    Author(s): Alison C. Dibble; Kenneth M. Lautsen
    Date: 2015
    Source: In: Potter, Kevin M.; Conkling, Barbara L., eds. 2015. Forest health monitoring: national status, trends, and analysis 2013. General Technical Report SRS-207. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    Large-scale forest inventory data sets are widely available today and include the USDA Forest Service programs Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA, Phase 2, or P2) and Forest Health Monitoring (FHM, Phase 3, or P3) (Woodall and others 2011). Such data sets can be used to evaluate other aspects besides forest management, including wildlife management (Rudis 1991, Trani and others 2001) and tree and shrub diversity (Torras and others 2012). FIA data are the basis of State-level (Maine Forest Service 2010) and national-level strategic forest assessments. Allen and Plantinga (1999) explored biodiversity and wildlife habitat using FIA data, identifying tree diameter distribution, snags, downed woody debris, stand age, and shrub and herb cover as useful indicators.

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    Dibble, Alison C.; Lautsen, Kenneth M. 2013. Chapter 11: Assessing Wildlife Habitat from a Large-Scale Forest Inventory. General Technical Report SRS 207. USDA-Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 8 p.

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