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.
- What to Monitor, including Forms
- Conducting a Forest Biodiversity Assessment
- Forest Inventory and Monitoring Guidelines
- Post-Harvest Assessment to Forest Stewardship Council® Standards
- Monitoring Ecosystem Services
- Tools to Monitor Ecosystem Services
- Monitoring for Forest Carbon Under Third Party-Verified Carbon Offset Programs
- Ecosystem Services Protocols for use on Forestlands in western Washington and Oregon
- Monitoring Biodiversity on Small Forest Lands
- Developing the Forest Biodiversity Assessment
- Forest Inventory Program (without Carbon Calculator) – Use this version of the Inventory Program if you wish to complete an extensive inventory that includes more than 5 stands and more than 3 plots per stand.
- Forest Inventory Program (with Carbon Calculator) – Use this version of the Inventory Program if you wish to calculate the amount of carbon you have on your property. Please note that this Program can be used for forest inventory work when there are 3 or fewer plots in 5 or fewer stands. For inventory work involving more plots and stands, use the the Forest Inventory Program (without Carbon Calculator).
- Inventory and Mapping: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Inventory and Digital Mapping of Non-timber Forest Products on Small Private Forestlands
- Inventory Tools