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Strategic National Urban Forest Inventory for the United States

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Journal of Forestry


In response to the strategic plan required by the Agricultural Act of 2014, the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program is initiating a strategic inventory of the nation’s urban forests. The inventory is designed to provide timely and credible data on urban forests, thereby meeting an expanding need for information on trees located in communities where more than 80% of people live. The program monitors the status and trends of trees in urban settings (i.e., urban forests), enabling assessment of their composition and structure, ecosystem services and values, health, and risk from pests and disease. At full implementation with funding, resources, and partnerships in place, the program as designed would provide annual updates of urban forest conditions on approximately 68 million acres of land and for 100 of the most populous cities in the United States. The traditional forestland inventory of FIA continues and is complemented by the new urban inventory providing the means for a more complete assessment of the tree and forest resources across the United States.


monitoring; urban settings; FIA; i-Tree; sampling frame; estimation


Edgar, Christopher B; Nowak, David J; Majewsky, Mark A; Lister, Tonya W; Westfall, James A; Sonti, Nancy F. 2021. Strategic National Urban Forest Inventory for the United States. Journal of Forestry. 119(1): 86-95.

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