Canadian Forest Service Publications

National Resource Availability Reports - Chapter 12 Canada. 2016. Stinson, G.; Magnussen, S.; Boudewyn, P.; Eichel, F.; Russo, G.; Cranny, M.; Song, A. National Forest Inventories - Assessment of Wood Availability and Use. Chapter 12. Claude Vidal, Iciar Alberdi, Laura Hernández, John Redmond, editors.

Year: 2016

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 36674

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-44015-6

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This book chapter describes Canada’s National Forest Inventory (NFI), how it is implemented, and what its data tell us about Canada’s forest resources (e.g., forest area and wood volume). Similar chapters are being prepared for most European countries using a common template, and many other major forest countries around the world are contributing chapters as well. The purpose of this book is to promote understanding of the different national forest inventory and assessment programs in use by countries around the world. The chapter describes Canada’s NFI and reports key findings. All of the findings we report here have been reported previously by CFS, but we reported our existing data here in new ways to emphasize the size and diversity of Canada’s forests because many European experts and policymakers fail to grasp the scale of Canada’s forests. We describe our current methods (field plots and remote sensing) to provide transparency and showcase Canadian ingenuity. We discuss how meeting all demands for information about national forest resources and their availability is becoming increasingly challenging, particularly as new demands for information emerge.