Forest Inventory and Analysis Data In Ecological Research: Using Permanent Plots To Assess The Past, Examine The Present, and Project The Future Of Forest Ecosystems In The United States

Thursday, August 8, 2013: 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
Exhibit Hall B, Minneapolis Convention Center
Grant M. Domke, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program of the U.S. Forest Service is responsible for the Nation’s continuous forest census. The first forest inventories began shortly after the passage of the McSweeney – McNary Forest Research Act of 1928 and focused on timber species in states dominated by forest land. The FIA Program has since expanded into a comprehensive nationwide census of forest ecosystems where data is collected annually on live and dead tree attributes, soils, understory vegetation, as well as site-level natural and anthropogenic disturbances on permanent sample plots. The data is compiled in a publicly available database and is supported by a number of user-friendly analysis tools. The organized poster session will highlight the use of FIA data in ecological research. In keeping with the theme of the ESA meeting, posters will be organized beginning with research addressing forest ecosystem change documented using multiple inventory periods, will highlight creative research using current inventory data, and will conclude with studies using FIA data to project future forest conditions.
 Overview of the Forest Inventory and Analysis program and applications in ecological research
Brian F. Walters, USDA Forest Service; Grant M. Domke, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
 Current and future applications for forest census data in water resource management
Titus S. Seilheimer, Wisconsin Sea Grant; Charles H. Perry, USDA Forest Service
 Climate variability and forest change
Greg Liknes, USDA Forest Service; Sara A. Goeking, USDA Forest Service; Christopher W. Woodall, USDA Forest Service; Brian F. Walters, USDA Forest Service
 Linking forests to soils at a national scale – Uses and misuses of FIA’s forest soil inventory
Charles H. Perry, USDA Forest Service; Michael C. Amacher, USDA Forest Service
 Leveraging FIA to enhance estimates of potential wildlife habitat and species diversity
James D. Garner, USDA Forest Service; Mark D. Nelson, USDA Forest Service; Brian G. Tavernia, U.S. Geological Survey
 Integration of FIA data and pest surveys to assess regional tree and forest health
Randall S. Morin, USDA Forest Service; Andrew M. Liebhold, USDA Forest Service
 Drivers of change in FIA inventories: effects of land-use change, disturbance, and management on forest carbon flux
Andrew Gray, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station; Thomas R. Whittier, Oregon State University
 Imputation of Statewide FIA and nearby data for developing local forest and ecological inventory detail
Alan R. Ek, University of Minnesota; David C. Wilson, University of Minnesota; John Zobel, University of Minnesota
 Using forest vegetation inventory data to examine shifts in species distribution and composition
Bethany K. Schulz, USDA Forest Service; W. Keith Moser, USDA Forest Service; Cassandra M. Kurtz, U.S. Forest Service