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Madison, WI 53726
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National Inventory & Monitoring Applications Center

Our Mission

To develop leading edge forest ecosystem monitoring methods and tools to help the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA) and other organizations monitor forests and ensure that results are compatible across the landscape. Methods and tools will be applied in the Northern States but will have national significance.


With the increasing pressures to manage public and private land sustainably, the need for efficient monitoring methods has grown dramatically. Forest Certification, the Montreal Criteria and Indicators, Carbon credits and National Forest System (NFS) Planning rules are significant drivers in this movement. FIA is regularly asked to support monitoring efforts at a more local scale by clients such as State Forests, military installations, and National Parks. FIA has worked with numerous states to increase the plot intensity and reduce the measurement cycle in about half the States. NFS monitoring coordinators and planners have expressed strong interest in developing question-driven planning tools and standard protocols to help ensure that data are collected in a scientifically credible manner. By collecting data consistently across Forests or other ownerships, results can be scaled up to the regional and national levels.

The National inventory and Monitoring Applications Center was created to monitor forests more closely using scientifically credible and compatible methods developed by FIA and others. The NIMAC is addressing the need for:

  1. Efficient forest ecosystem inventory and monitoring methods that provide critical input for sustainable resource management at mid-scale and local levels.
  2. Mid-scale inventory and monitoring tools that allow forest resource managers to monitor lands efficiently and effectively.

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This site is under development as the Forest Service brings together the Northeastern and North Central Research Stations to form the Northern Research Station, serving the Northeast and Midwest. Check back often as we expand our site to reflect our combined commitment to supporting the natural resources and people of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States.

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Last Modified: 03/06/2019