Gaining a better understanding of the complexities of carbon can help inform management strategies, identify priority areas, and promote climate mitigation and adaptation.
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The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program of the USDA Forest Service, in collaboration with the Colorado State Forest Service, conducts and continuously updates an inventory across all forested lands in Colorado and Wyoming. Certified, highly trained foresters and research associates survey hundreds of permanent research plots annually, measuring 10 percent of the forested plots each year.
The forests in Colorado are subject to many different disturbances. Some of the most common disturbances are insect damage, disease damage and fire damage.
The challenges presented by climate change to Colorado forests necessitate forward thinking from forest managers.