We Best Check Our Guns and Knives At The Door
This version of the map is a unified image of forest cover for all 50 states + Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, in Lambert Azimuthal equal-area projection centered at (-100,45). This is all the forest data in one large georeferenced image with no relief shading or map collar. This map is an illustration of the research capacity within the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis Program [FIA].
This map is but the beginning of the FIA story we will be telling in the coming weeks. We have been using FIA data sets in Evergreen Magazine for 30 years. They are unblemished, unbiased and backed by decades of field research, which is why we consider them to be forestry’s gold standard. In succeeding reports, we will be introducing more interactive maps, data sets and links that lead to peer-reviewed research that rarely makes its way into the public discourse.
The United States Forest Service was barely three years old when it sent Thornton Munger west in September of 1908 to investigate the encroachment on...