Ever wonder what type of forest or woodlands is present in Oklahoma?
A crew of Forest Inventory and Analysis researchers from Oklahoma Forestry Services is collecting data on areas of land in Blaine, Canadian, Grant, Kingfisher, Major, Oklahoma, and Woodward counties.
Researchers started collecting data in 2009. Each year, the crew continues to gather information about the kinds of forest and tree species present, forest health issues, invasive species, and tree sizes.
The study is conducted on industrial, private and public lands and includes forested and non-forested land. The research shows trends seen in the state, similar to nationwide efforts of the United States Forest Service.
Coordinator Carri Abner wrote in a statement that the data collected will help lawmakers make decisions on future forest resources.