A Growing Opportunity

On August 22, in a wooded area at Foss State Park, three foresters gathered around a new plot-center staked into the ground.

The three, two from the Oklahoma Forestry Services and one from the U.S. Forest Service, began the process of tallying trees larger than five inches, counting tree seedlings and saplings, measuring diameters of trees, noting species and any damages or heath issues of the wooded area.

Rudolph along with fellow state forester Matt Ford and Kerry Dooley, a forester with the U.S. Forest Services, have spent a majority of August in the southwestern part of Oklahoma, including Beckham and Washita counties, collecting data for the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, a partnership between the Oklahoma Forestry Services and the U.S. Forest Service.