Forests of Florida, 2015
This periodic resource update provides an overview of forest resources in Florida 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 Florida Forest Service. 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 2015, with comparisons made to data reported in 2013 (the latest 5-year cycle of plots completed). The sample plot population in Florida consists of 7,294 plots distributed across the State, of which about 20 percent are collected annually. The 2015 estimates included 5 years of data collection from 100 percent of the sample plots updated by 20 percent re-measured in 2015. Growth, removals, and mortality (GRM) estimates were derived from remeasurement data on 6,606 of the plots. The slightly smaller sample used for GRM estimates is due to a combination of new and/or lost plots. The data used in this publication were accessed from the FIA database on April 4, 2017 at https://www.fia.fs.fed.us/tools-data/.