2013 Forest Inventory Design and Management Workshop
DoubleTree Hotel Lloyd Center, Portland, OR
We are providing three essential workshops in 2013 (Inventory, Growth / Silviculture and Planning). These workshops will be taught at a graduate B.S. forester level. Previous workshops were formatted for beginners at the college sophomore – junior level where only basic sampling, database and silviculture were assumed.
This series of workshops will use Microsoft Windows 7, Office 2010 and ESRI ArcGIS geo-databases. An all-new tutorial textbook will be used and distributed at each workshop. It will emphasize how to conduct each forest management activity, not why. A separate textbook (or series) will be available in 2014 which explains and documents the science, research and methods behind each functional activity in the tutorial references.
We strongly recommend that every consulting forest analyst and corporate management forester should participate in each of these 2013 workshops. Regardless of your objectives, these methods are essential to the viable management of working-forest ownerships. These methods are taught nowhere else.
We expect to provide every professional forester with a working knowledge of:
- Microsoft Access & ESRI ArcGIS – buffers, intersects and dissolves
- Stand-based forest inventory database objectives
- GIS polygons for vegetation, soils, productivity, operability, access and constraints.
- Methods of sample selections among stands
- Methods of sample designs within stands
- Merchandizing, valuation, and cost accounting – operations, silviculture and harvesting
- Silviculture effects and management implications of clearcut, seed-tree, shelterwood and selection structured regimes.
- Year-end reporting and database management – growth, harvest, depletions and new data.
- Implications and methods of managing constraints – riparian, wildlife, operability, access
What is really required, but only marginally understood.
Determining forest growth capacity, harvest capacity and making investment decisions are all reduced to guesswork without a strong, well-maintained and dynamic forest inventory. The essential components, methods and tools are provided in this upcoming FBRI Workshop on March 5 – 7, 2013 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland, Oregon.
This is an all-new workshop curriculum featuring a significantly updated Forest Projection and Planning System (FPS Version 7.07) database structure and documentation. Schedule to participate now, seating is limited. Participants will take home an all-new tutorial reference book for conducting each step of a robust forest inventory management system.
Regardless of the management objective of the forestland owner, the quality (accuracy and timeliness) of the forest inventory is essential to all investment decision-making. This includes staffing, silviculture, harvest methods and expected cash flows. This Workshop provides the most complete source of all aspects for managing a working forest inventory. These methods and procedures are not taught in any other professional education series or university curriculum.
Important features of this Workshop include:
- Stand-based Inventory and GIS essentials
- What cruise methods, intensities and frequencies are necessary?
- When and how are fixed-area plots, variable plots and line transects applied?
- How many stands per stratum and how many plots per stand are necessary?
- What is the role of sub-samples for height, defect, grade, age, taper and damage?
- When, why and how to expand cruised-stand samples to un-sampled stands?
- Why and how to establish a permanent site productivity and habitat stratification?
- How to inventory and manage riparian and wildlife buffers in a working forest?
- How to update and report annual harvest depletions, growth and land exchanges?
- When and how to conduct a forest inventory audit or accuracy assessment?
This Workshop is essential background to participate in the upcoming Workshops later this year in Growth & Silviculture (May 7 – 9) and Forest Planning (September 10 – 12).
Agenda: Forest Inventory Workshop
Day 1: 10:00am – 5:00pm
- Working with the Inventory database
- Tables, Flags, Menus, Queries, Reports, GIS interfaces
- Stratification, Sampling Intensity & Design
- Sampling from a Sorted List, Within Stand plot designs and measurements
- Compiling, Re-merchandizing, Valuation, Error Statistics and Reporting
- Intensity, Investment and Replacement Frequency of Cruise Plots
- Off-Plot tree samples, Off-Stand plot samples and Sampling Riparian Zones
- Snags, Down Woody material & Non-tree Vegetation Sampling
Day 2: 8:00am – 5:00pm
- Determine, Classify and Map Site Productivity Capacity
- Limitations of Traditional Site curves and the 10-meter Site method
- Building the GIS SiteGrid permanent layer – topography, soil & climate
- How to initialize using FBRI Regional Site observations
- How to localize using direct field measurements and past inventory data
- Linking and Transferring data between GIS layers and the FPS database
- Verifying and Updating the GIS SiteGrid – alternative methods
- Growing the Inventory Forward from past Cruise years
- Tracking Plantations, Natural Stands and variable Silvicultural History
- Using Past (Admin.Origin) and Future (Stand.Regime) Silviculture
- Expanding Cruise Samples to Un-sampled Stands
- How, When, Why and How Often should we use Stratification
Day 3: 8:00am – Noon
- Year-end Updating of the Inventory
- Starting with the GIS Vegetation Layers – Past and Present
- Updating Road and Riparian Buffer Layers
- Updating the SiteGrid Layer
- Intersecting Vegetation, Roads, Riparian and SiteGrid Layers
- Running FPS Lump / Split Updates from the New GIS Layers
- Year-end Reporting
- Database Updates and Harvest Removal Reporting
- Database Updates and Forest Growth Reporting
- Database Updates and Cruise Sampling Reporting
- Database Updates and Regional Library Reporting
- Archiving Previous FPS & GIS Layers
- Establishing the New Master FPS & GIS Databases