The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) is a USDA Forest Service program that conducts and maintains a census of our nation’s forests. In South Dakota, FIA is implemented cooperatively with the Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry. The program has three components:
- An inventory of forest land area, species, size, health, tree growth, mortality and removals.
- An assessment of wood production and utilization rates by various products.
- Forest land ownership.
Since 2000, the forest inventory in South Dakota has been conducted on an annualized basis. This allows 20 percent of permanent inventory plots to be visited each year, so that all permanent plots are visited once every five years. The wood production and utilization inventory, called Timber Product Output Study, is conducted once every five years. The forest land ownership study is ongoing, with 20 percent of the survey population contacted each year.
Further information about the program, inventories, methodologies and data tables can be found at U.S. Forest Service FIA.