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Charley Peterson Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program Pacific Northwest Station, Portland, Oregon. Progress on achieving consistency and compatibility across all regions FIA User Group Meeting Houston, Texas March 23, 2010. New Sheriff in the West. Old Sheriff in the West.

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Charley PetersonResource Monitoring and Assessment ProgramPacific Northwest Station, Portland, Oregon

Progress on achieving consistency and compatibility across all regions

FIA User Group Meeting

Houston, Texas

March 23, 2010

old sheriff in the west
Old Sheriff in the West

Sue Willits

Administrative Director

PNW Research Station

Portland, Oregon

recommendation 5 to fia from the second blue ribbon p anel
Recommendation #5 to FIA from the second Blue Ribbon Panel
  • Consistent plot design & installation procedures
  • Compatible field procedures and national manual
  • Compatible analytical procedures
  • Compatible database system
  • Documentation of all of the above
consistent plot design and installation procedures
Consistent plot designand installation procedures
  • Plot design stable, integrated designs with NFS ~2001 and provided for additional NFS measurements
  • National standards allow for regional options such as increased plot density, macro-plots or even hectare-sized plots (paid for by regional partners)
consistent plot design and installation procedures6
Consistent plot design and installation procedures
  • National protocols for Urban forest inventory, developed

with FHM, piloted in TN and CO for 5 years, and recently

being implemented in PNW (more on this later)

  • National protocols for Range, developed by RMRS with

PNW and piloted with a joint USFS/BLM/NRCS project,

currently under review by RMRS and PNW

compatible field procedures and national manual
Compatible field procedures and national manual
  • Version 5.0 is out and used for quite some time
  • Core measurements have been stable
  • National Core Field Guide and additional work done to establish consistency for some regional add-ons
  • The change proposal and updating process is transparent and well documented
compatible field procedures and national manual8
Compatible field procedures and national manual
  • Regional protocols consolidated into core-optional procedures in the national manual (e.g., tree damage, invasive plants, down wood, nonforest measurements);
  • “Tropical field guide" developed as companion to the temperate field guide;
  • National Data Recorder implemented in 3 regions in 2009, and in PNW 2010;
  • National Field Data collections system (MIDAS) - All data will be collected with the same system for all on-grid plots, and for all off-grid intensified plots.
compatible analytical procedures
Compatible analytical procedures
  • National "Bands" and "task teams" to develop one set of data/analysis;
    • Task teams created for Carbon, Understory Vegetation, administratively withdrawn lands, Down Woody Material, etc.
  • National data processing system (NIMS) algorithms and procedures all in one place
    • Forest Typing algorithms, species lists, volume equations, Biomass calculations, core tables created etc...
compatible database system
Compatible database system
  • National processing system (NIMS-CS) to reduce regional redundancy and streamline processing and IT resources;
  • National Website: established to provide public access to all non-confidential data for all FIA units;
  • FIADB is publicly accessible and has a variety of tools;
  • Tools - Data distribution tools (and data) have been more readily available to our clients
documentation of all of the above
Documentation of all of the above
  • FIADB documentation has been written and made available
  • Change procedures, meeting notes, and organization are all made available on the web
  • Publications and on-line resources have been developed
    • core analytical procedures behind the design (the “green book” Bechtold and Patterson 2005)
    • publications for each of the P3 indicators, and
    • reports on QA results.
and from blue ribbon panel 2 5
And from Blue Ribbon Panel 2.5
  • Establish guideline for posting data to FIADB
  • Contract out field data collection to make it cheaper
  • Develop analysis partnerships with agencies, universities, and private companies
  • Re-evaluate core data list
  • Data management: increase emphasis and centralize it
  • Panel creep is a problem
  • Formal agreements with states on data collection and analysis
  • Finally - fully fund all states
what other things we need
What other things we need
  • More partnership visibility at the national forest level
  • Lots of requests for maps and they’re popular although they really represent another model or picture of a system but not reality.
  • Need to make better use of the dataset itself with estimates that have confidence levels
  • More use made of tools like DATIM (queries of FIADB)
  • True potential for FIA is at some point adding user-friendly queries (like USGS, NPS, and wilderness institute offer) that can provide some local options (i.e. maintain relevance)
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Proportion of tree density and net volume by diameter class, for live and dead trees in CA,OR and WA