Improved Rapid Forest Ecosystem and Habitat Inventory

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$262,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
U of MN
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2015
Counties Affected
Aitkin
Becker
Beltrami
Carlton
Cass
Clearwater
Cook
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Itasca
Kanabec
Koochiching
Lake
Lake of the Woods
Mahnomen
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Pine
Roseau
St. Louis
Wadena
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chp. 52, Sec. 2, Subd. 03g
Appropriation Language

$262,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to evaluate a new approach to forest inventory, based on statewide forest inventory and analysis (FIA) data.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$262,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$262,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
4.88
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Description of Funds
ENRTF
Project Overview

Minnesota has 15.9 million acres of forest land managed by a variety of county, state and federal agencies, and private landowners for timber production, wildlife habitat, and ecological considerations. Forest managers rely on inventory data to make effective planning and management decisions. Because forests are continually changing through natural and human processes, forest inventory data is periodically updated. However, doing so is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor and, as a result, much of Minnesota’s forest inventory data is currently out of date. This appropriation is being used by scientists at the University of Minnesota to evaluate an innovative approach to forest inventory using existing statewide Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data that could help reduce costs, expedite future updates, and improve overall usability.

Project Manager
First Name
Alan
Last Name
Ek
Organization Name
U of MN
Street Address
2004 Folwell Ave
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55108
Phone
(612) 624-3400
Email
aek@umn.edu