Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service

Research & Development Treesearch

Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help - We Participate  Government Made Easy

Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (1.8 MB bytes)

Title: Forest Service Resource Inventories: An Overview

Author: USDA Forest Service,;

Date: 1992

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Inventory, Economics, and Recreation Research, Washington, DC. 39 p.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Forest and related resource inventories are conducted by the US. Forest Service to provide the quantitative base necessary for making sound management, conservation, and stewardship decisions affecting these valuable resources. Inventory information has guided the management of 191 million acres (77.3 million ha) of publicly-owned National Forest land. Forest inventories on private and public lands have helped guide industrial expansion into the most suitable and opportune locations. They have identlied problems already created or developing in the timber supply. They have provided key forest resource information for planners and policy makers. Our inventory experts have advised and assisted myriad groups, organizations, and countries in solving complex resource questions, They are motivated to continually improve the reliability and usefulness of forest resource statistics and analyses of resource conditions. Collecting, displaying, and analyzing spatial and temporal resource data using geographical information systems; investigating practical and novel uses of remote sensing including satellite imagery: monitoring the environmental health of U.S. forests: and identifying the extent and condition of forests in our urban areas are but a few of the new frontiers that Forest Service inventories are beginning to explore. Any changes, expansion, or shifts in program emphasis, however, are made with utmost care to insure that all information is based on adequately tested procedures and research and that links to invaluable historical records are maintained.

This report provides an overview of the major forest and related resource inventories conducted by the U.S. Forest Service. Attention focuses on legislative and administrative mandates, the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, National Forest System resource inventories, linkages among Forest Service inventories, and major partnerships and cooperators.

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • You may send email to to request a hard copy of this publication. (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)



USDA Forest Service 1992. Forest Service Resource Inventories: An Overview. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Inventory, Economics, and Recreation Research, Washington, DC. 39 p.


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.