type of forest and woodlands are present in the Panhandle? What are the tree species?
Is our forest healthy?
and many other questions will be answered as a Forest Inventory and Analysis
(FIA) crew from Oklahoma Forestry Services begins collecting data on plots
across Panhandle counties this month. Foresters began this important data
collection in 2009. Each subsequent year, foresters continue gathering
information about the amount of land under forest cover, the type of forests
and tree species that are present, tree size, invasive species and forest
health issues present.
trees and woodlands provide Oklahoma
with many valuable goods and services,” said State Forester George Geissler. “In order to manage this resource
for the greatest benefit to Oklahoma’s
citizens, we need to assess what we have. Gathering detailed data from sample
sites in all 77 counties is a challenging task for our field foresters, but
their efforts provide us with data that is key to our planning strategy.”
analysis is conducted on randomly located plots across private, industrial, and
public lands and includes both forested and non-forested areas. Private
landowners will be contacted directly if a plot falls on their land. The
information gathered from this analysis will be used to determine status and
trends of forests in Oklahoma,
and contributes data for similar nationwide efforts of the USDA Forest Service.
information we collect is added to the national database to give decision
makers the data they need to make informed plans for the future of our forest
resources,” said FIA Coordinator Carri Abner.
“We appreciate landowners allowing us access to their land so that we will have
an accurate assessment of Oklahoma’s
trees and forests.”
will be traveling in marked Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and
Forestry vehicles and will be carrying proper identification with them.
Landowners and lessees can assist in this endeavor by granting crews access to
property if an FIA plot falls on their land, as well as telling others about
the program. They are also welcome to be present when the crew is conducting
the measurements on their property.
you would like more information, contact Carri Abner
at 918-290-9208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Thu, July 14, 2011
by Michelle Finch-Walker, OFS Communications Specialist, 580-236-1021