We develop and apply inventory and monitoring methods to maintain current inventories and conduct multiscale assessments of the status, trends, and prospective futures of the region’s forest and range ecosystems
We create knowledge through long-term monitoring of continually changing forests and rangelands. Our work identifies past changes, anticipates future changes, and informs natural resource management decisions locally, regionally, and nationally.
1. Providing essential information to decisionmakers on the status, extent, and characteristics of forest and rangelands in the Pacific region and their change over time.
2. Increasing the efficiency and adding value to inventory and monitoring science through the development of new tools, techniques, and methodology.
3. Applying inventory and monitoring data to understand the effects of human use, climate, and natural disturbances on the forest and rangeland condition.
We collect, analyze, and share data and insights revealing past and future trends in forests and rangelands. We track the status of land use and forest resources by sampling all forest types under all ownerships, using the same techniques at the same locations over time. We provide an annual inventory of forested lands as well as periodic assessments of the status and trends of forests. Forest Inventory and Analysis is a major component of the Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program. Innovative analysis of systematically sampled inventory data enhances our understanding of the relationships between disturbance, management, and ecosystem condition.