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Title: Use of damage surveys and field inventories to evaluate oak and sugar maple health in the northern United States

Author: Morin, Randall S; Woodall, Christopher W.; Steinman, Jim; Perry, Charles H.;

Date: 2009

Source: In: McWilliams, Will; Moisen, Gretchen; Czaplewski, Ray, comps. Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008; October 21-23, 2008; Park City, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-56CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 16 p.

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Description: Oak species (Quercus spp.) and sugar maple (Acer saccharum) are substantial components of the forest ecosystems in the 24-state region spanning the northern U.S. During recent decades, both damage surveys and forest inventories have documented declines of sugar maple and oak health. In order to more fully assess the status of oak and sugar maple health, we examined correlations between damage detected by aerial survey data, a soil dryness index, and field-based forest conditions. Study results indicated that aerial damage surveys were correlated with an overstory attribute: percent standing dead basal area. Additionally, we present a state-level analysis as an example of how this study could be replicated for inclusion in a Forest Inventory and Analysis state report.

Keywords: FIA, forest health, aerial damage surveys, oak decline, sugar maple decline, Acer saccharum, Quercus spp.

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Morin, Randall S.; Woodall, Christopher W.; Steinman, Jim; Perry, Charles H. 2009. Use of damage surveys and field inventories to evaluate oak and sugar maple health in the northern United States. In: McWilliams, Will; Moisen, Gretchen; Czaplewski, Ray, comps. Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008; October 21-23, 2008; Park City, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-56CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 16 p.

 


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