August 18, 2017
If Alabama’s Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) crew maintains its pace from the first half of 2017, the state should out-survey more heavily funded neighboring states of Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
The crew completed 527 plots from Jan. 1 to June 30 and should complete over 1,000 by Dec. 31, according to the Alabama Forestry Commission.
In comparison, Georgia is on pace to complete just over 900 plots, Florida 780 and Tennessee 680.
FIA statistics are used in researching mill sites and show investors the species, classes, abundance, quality and hauling distance of available trees.
Existing mills use FIA data to track long-term trends affecting wood procurement. These statistics also help track the spread of invasive plants, like cogongrass.