Forests of Louisiana, 2012
This resource update provides an overview of forest resources in Louisiana based on an inventory conducted by the U.S. Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program at the Southern Research Station in cooperation with the Mississippi Forestry Commission. Estimates are based on field data collected using the FIA annualized sample design and are updated yearly. The estimates presented in this update are for the measurement year 2012 with comparisons made to data reported in 2011. The sample plot population in Louisiana consists of 5,579 plots, collected across a period of 7 years (about 797 plots, or about 14 percent of the data per year). The estimates in 2012 consist of 4 years (about 57 percent) of data collected using the annualized sampling and estimation procedures and 43 percent of data collected during the periodic sample conducted in 2005 (amended in 2008). Growth, removals, and mortality (GRM) estimates are based solely on 4 years of data (57 percent of the total sample), or about 3,188 plots, and should be viewed accordingly. The data used in this publication were accessed from the FIA Database on August 8, 2013.