Thursday, April 18, 2013

Forest meeting held in Anderson

Today I covered a forest planning workshop at the Gaia Hotel in Anderson, sponsored by the University of California. The all-day seminar featured Jim Arney of the Portland, Ore.-based Forest Biometrics Research Institute, who provided timber producers with tips on how to give the detailed 50- to 100-year growth and site data projections required by laws and regulations.

Arney lamented that many of the scientists who created the models on which many of these projections are based are retired, research labs have been closed because of budget cuts, and much of the data that these researchers produced is out of date. So producers have to wear the best scientists' hats and come up with the projections themselves, and many of them don't have the time or the resources.

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