2018 FIA National User Group Meeting

The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program of the U.S. Forest Service is the most important source of data and information about forest conditions and trends in the United States. FIA data are used for many purposes, including wood supply analysis, conservation planning, carbon cycle modeling, and assessment of sustainability.

The FIA Program relies on periodic meetings with users and clients to ensure that the Program is providing the highest quality service and meeting planned objectives. Each year, the U.S. Forest Service, the Society of American Foresters, and NCASI collaborate to organize a National FIA User Group meeting.

The 2018 National FIA User Group Meeting will be held in Berkeley, California on April 24–25, and will be followed by a Carbon Day program on April 26. Participants will learn about current issues affecting the FIA Program, status of various FIA projects, and user applications of FIA data, and will have the opportunity to provide input to FIA program leaders on the needs and priorities of FIA data users.

The meeting will begin on the morning of Tuesday, April 24 with a field trip to Muir Woods, where we will have discussions about forest change detection using remote sensing, forest height estimation with remote sensing and ground techniques, and tree biomass estimation.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, April 24 and all day on Wednesday, April 25, presentations and discussion will focus on topics such as leveraging FIA data with remote sensing, changes to the national Timber Products Output (TPO) program, emerging uses and new applications of FIA data, issues surrounding spatial and temporal intensification of the FIA plot grid, and the value of FIA data to users.

The Carbon Day event on April 26 will focus on tools and methods for estimating forest carbon, the use of estimates in carbon registries and carbon offset protocols, accounting treatment of carbon in harvested wood products, and some of the specific applications of forest carbon measurement for California regulatory efforts.

A more detailed agenda, information about the venue and lodging, and access to registration are available at https://www.regonline.com/fiausergroup2018

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