Monitoring and Inventory Tools

Peering past the surface beauty of the forest, one finds a story that only reveals itself through studied observation. Regular, rigorous monitoring is a critical component of good forest stewardship and allows you as a forest manager to make better decisions. Monitoring the diversity of your forest can…

  • Enhance your understanding of how your forest works
  • Improve forest management for commercial species
  • Satisfy third-party certification programs such as the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and emerging ecosystem services markets
  • If applicable, comply with laws

Forest resources can be inventoried and monitored using various techniques, ranging from simple assessments to more complex statistical sampling of attributes such as snag density, timber volume, and stream-side canopy. The kind of forest you have and your management objectives will determine which attributes you measure and how often you monitor them.

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