Canadian Forest Service Publications

Canada’s national forest inventory: monitoring the sustainability of Canada’s forests. 2003. Gillis, M.D.; Brierley, T.; Power, K.; Gray, S.L. Pages 35-36 in Proceedings of the XII World Forestry Congress, September 21-28, 2003, Quebec, Canada. Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy, Vol. B - Forests for the planet, Co-published by Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, and the Government of Quebec.

Year: 2003

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 23822

Language: English

CFS Availability: PDF (download)

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Abstract

Canada's current National Forest Inventory is a periodic compilation of existing inventory material from across the country. While this approach has many advantages, it lacks information about the nature and rate of changes to the resource, and does not permit projections or forecasts. Being a compilation of inventories undertaken at different dates, the current national forest inventory cannot reflect the current state of the forests and therefore cannot serve as a satisfactory baseline for monitoring change. The current format of Canada's National Forest Inventory has served its purpose by providing national statistical compilations and reporting. To meet new demands, Canada is adopting a new National Forest Inventory design. This consists of a plot-based system of permanent observational units located on a national grid. The objective of the new design is to assess and monitor the extent, state and sustainability of Canada's forests in a timely and accurate manner. Details of Canada's National Forest Inventory are described.