Monitoring Canada’s forests: The National Forest Inventory

23rd May 2007

What was the event?

Seminar about a new national forest inventory being implemented in Canada.

Abstract:

For the last 20 years, Canada’s forest inventory has been a compilation of inventory data from across the country.  Although this method has a number of advantages, it lacks information about the nature and rate of changes to the resource, and does not permit projections or forecasts.  To address these limitations a new National Forest Inventory (NFI) was developed to monitor Canada’s progress in meeting a commitment towards sustainable forest management, and to satisfy requirements for national and international reporting. The purpose of the new inventory is to assess and monitor the extent, state and sustainable development of Canada’s forests in a timely and accurate manner.

The NFI consists of a plot-based system of permanent observational units located on a national grid.  A combination of ground plot, photo plot and remote sensing data are used to capture a set of basic attributes that are used to derive indicators of sustainability.  To meet the monitoring needs a re-measurement strategy and framework to guide the development of change estimation procedures has been worked out.

A plan for implementation has been drafted and was presented.

Who was the event suitable for?

Anyone with an interest in forest inventory.

Where did the event take place?

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Roslin
Midlothian
EH25 9SY

Contact

For further information please contact:

Mark Lawrence
Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Roslin
Midlothian
EH25 9SY

Tel: 0131 445 2176
Email: mark.lawrence@forestry.gsi.gov.uk