Sunday, 30 June 2013

[ANFES] 2013-06-30 NRMI: This Issue: Small Biomass Green Weight Conversion to Dry Weight and Some Other Good Things


This Issue: Small Biomass Green Weight Conversion to Dry Weight and Some Other Good Things

BUT FIRST WON’T YOU PLEASE HELP? Inventorying stands during a project analysis – Davis Mounger is seeking Any directives, cases, etc. about FS (US Forest Service) needs to update and ground truth stands in analysis before an EA (Environmental Analysis). He also needs anything about projects as time for updating forest inventory. Davis is m pretty sure there's some language in the FSM (Forest Service Manual) on this, but he cannot find it. He writes, mistakes in forest type, BA (basal area) age are all common down here. If you can assist, please contact Davis at

SMALL BIOMASS GREEN WEIGHT TO DRY WEIGHT CONVERSION – Last February, Shiva Shankar Pandey wrote, I am wondering to find conversion factors to estimate dry biomass from the fresh Biomass of the trees (less than 5 cm Diameter at breast height). If you have idea and information about research reports, articles, thesis related to some regression models or conversion factors applicable to the mixed species forest stand of Nepal, please kindly inform me. Here are some sites that may be of interest. If you know of others, please contact Shiva at

AFC. N.,d, How much carbon have your trees stored? Alabama Forestry Commission.

Baumgras, John E. 1980. Biomass Yields from Allegheny Hardwood Thinning. Forest Service Research Paper NE-466. 10 p.

Bédard, J.; Lapointe, G. 1987. The estimation of dry green biomass in hayfields from canopy spectroreflectance measurements. Grass and Forage Science, 42: 73–78. Abstract.

Biomass/Production. 5 p.

Brown, Sandra. 1997. Estimating Biomass and Biomass Change of Tropical Forests: a Primer. .FAO Forestry Paper – 134.

Chapter 11. Biomass and Utilization of Trees. 7 p.

Chojnacky, David C.; Jenkins, Jennifer. 2010. Literature synthesis and meta-analysis of tree and shrub biomass equations in North America. Final Report: JFSP Project No. 07-3-1-05. 23 p.

Clark, Joshua; Murphy, Glen. 2011. Estimating forest biomass components with hemispherical photography for Douglas-fir stands in northwest Oregon. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 41(5): 1060-1074. Abstract

Deo, Ram Kumar. 2008. Modelling and Mapping of above-ground Biomass and Carbon Sequestration in the Cool Temperate Forest of North-east China. Thesis. 88 p.

Eckert, Sandra. 2012. Improved Forest Biomass and Carbon Estimations Using Texture Measures from WorldView-2 Satellite Data. Remote Sens. 2012, 4, 810-829.

Franks. C.D.1998? Above-Ground Biomass (Plant) Determinations. USDA NRCS. 2 p.

Heath, Linda S. et al. 2009. Investigation into Calculating Tree Biomass and Carbon in the FIADB Using a Biomass Expansion Factor Approach. In: McWilliams, Will; Moisen, Gretchen; Czaplewski, Ray, comps. 2009. 2008 Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium; October 21-23, 2008: Park City, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-56CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.      

Jenkins, Jennifer C. et al. 2004. Comprehensive Database of Diameter-based Biomass Regressions for North American Tree Species. USDA Forest Service, Gen Tech. Report. NE-319. 48 p.

Kale, M.P. 2002. Biomass and productivity estimation using aerospace data and Geographic Information System. Tropical Ecology 43(1): 123-136.

Lopes, Domingos et al. 2005? The Adjustment of Global and Partial Dry Biomass Models for Pinus pinaster in the North-East of Portugal. 7 p.

Mani, S.; Parthasarathy, N. 2009. Tree population and above-ground biomass changes in two disturbed tropical dry evergreen forests of peninsular India. Tropical Ecology 50(2): 249-258.

Namayanga, Lemmy Nenge. 2002. Estimating terrestrial carbon sequestered in aboveground woody biomass from remotely sensed data Thesis. 64 p.

Peper, Paula J.; McPherson, E. Gregory. 1998. Comparision of four foliar and woody biomass estimation methods applied to open-grown deciduous trees. Journal of Arboriculture 24(4): 191-200.

Rosillo-Calle, Frank; Woods, Jeremy. 2012. The Biomass Assessment Handbook. Earthscan. 296 p. Abstract.

Roy, P.S.; Ravan, Shirish A.1996. Biomass estimation using satellite remote sensing data—An investigation on possible approaches for natural forest. J. Biosci.21(4): 535-561.

Schubert, Thomas H. 1988. Equations for predicting biomass of six introduced subtropical tree species, Island of Hawaii. 6 p. Abstract.

UIdaho. 1987? Measuring Rangeland Production. 12 p.

VanderSchaaf, Curtis L.; Barber, Brad L. 2010. Spatially Quantifying Woody Biomass in Central and West Texas. Texas Forest Service. 12 p.

Vieilledent, Ghislain et al.2011. A universal approach to estimate biomass and carbon stock in tropical forests using generic allometric models. Article for Ecological Applications. 48 p.

Waller, S.S. et al. 1981. Factors Involved in Estimating Green Biomass by Canopy Spectroreflectance Measurements. Journal of Range Management 34(2): 105-08.

Zhang, Xiaoyang; Kondraguta, Shobha. 2006. Estimating forest biomass in the USA using generalized allometric models and MODIS land products. Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 33. 5 p.


 Frolking, S., et al. 2009. Forest disturbance and recovery: A general review in the context of spaceborne remote sensing of impacts on aboveground biomass and canopy structure, J. Geophys. Res., 114, G00E02, doi:10.1029/2008JG000911. 27 p.

Geenberg, J.A. et al. 2009. Limitations on maximum tree density using hyperspatial remote sensing and environmental gradient analysis. Remote Sensing of Environment 113: 94-101

Hauglin, Marius et al. 2013. Estimating single-tree branch biomass of Norway spruce by airborne laser scanning. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 79: 147-156, Abstract.

Hayashi, Masato et al. 2013.Forest canopy height estimation using ICESat/GLAS data and error factor analysis in Hokkaido, Japan. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 81: 12-18. Abstract.

Hebel, I., et al. 2012. Early knowledge of Antarctica's vegetation: expanding past and current evidence. Rev. Chil. Hist. Nat. 85(4):409-418.

Huang, Shengli, et al. 2013. Reconstructing satellite images to quantify spatially explicit land surface change caused by fires and succession: A demonstration in the Yukon River Basin of interior Alaska. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 79:94-105. Abstract.

Hulme, M.F., et al. 2013. Conserving the birds of Uganda's banana-coffee arc: land sparing and land sharing compared. PLoS ONE 8(2):e54597.

Hussain, Masroor et al. 2013. Change detection from remotely sensed images: From pixel-based to object-based approaches.  ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 80: 91-106. Abstract.

Jones JE, et al. 2012.Avian Species Richness in Relation to Intensive Forest Management Practices in Early Seral Tree Plantations. PLoS ONE 7(8): e43290. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043290

Jung, Jaehoon et al. 2013. Effects of national forest inventory plot location error on forest carbon stock estimation using k-nearest neighbor algorithm . ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 81: 82-92. Abstract.

Kane, Van R. et al. 2008. Interpretation and topographic compensation of conifer canopy self-shadowing. Remote Sensing of Environment 112: 3820–3832

Legault, A., et al. 2013. Standardising distance sampling surveys of parrots in New Caledonia. J. Ornithol. 154(1):19-33.

Loss, S.R., et al.. 2013. The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States. Nat. Commun. 4:1396. Abstract.

Loyd, Charie. 2012. Putting Landsat 8’s Bands to Work. Map Box. From Artur Gil, Applied GIS RS List.

Loyola, R.D., et al. 2013. A straightforward conceptual approach for evaluating spatial conservation priorities under climate change. Biodivers. Conserv. 22(2):483-495. Page 1.

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Sunday, 23 June 2013

[ANFES] 2013-06-23 NRMI: This Issue: Comparison of Trees Grown w/o Herbicide Treatment and Some Other Good Things


This Issue: Comparison of Trees Grown w/o Herbicide Treatment and Some Other Good Things

COMPARISON OF TREES GROWN W/O HERBICIDE TREATMENTThis past February, David Robinson wrote, Is anyone aware of studies comparing trees grown w/o herbicide treatment v. trees with treatment? I know there is a visible comparison after just the first few years because of the lack of competition from grasses, etc. but I was talking with someone that seemed to remember something several years ago showing really no difference as the years go by.... and of course the lack of plant diversity should be taken into account as well.... Here are some sites that may be of interest. If you know of others, please contact David at

Allister.2009. Effects of Herbicide Application Following Mechanical Site Preparation on Long-term Forest Development: An Experiment with Picea glauca. Learn & Teach. American Museum of Natural History

APVMA. 2009. Guidelines for Efficacy Evaluation of Herbicides - Weeds in Australian Forests. Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority. 19 p.

Baltsavias, E. et al. 2006. Tree height measurements and tree growth estimation in a mire environment using digital surface models. Workshop ”3D Remote Sensing in Forestry“, 14 -15 Feb. 2006, Vienna, 33 slides.

Balzler, H et al. 2003.Estimation of tree growth in a conifer plantation over 19 years from multi-satellite L-band SAR. Remote Sensing of Environment, 84(3): 184-191. Abstract.

BC. 2011. Herbicide and Forest Health. Stop the Spray.

Boutz, Gary A.; Stack, Robert W. 1979? 14. Herbicides (Air Pollution). 3 p.

Campbell, A. 2003. Abiotic Injury to Forest Trees in Oregon. Woodland Workbook. EC 1501. 12 p.

CNIPS. N.d. Herbicide Use on National Forest Lands in California.

Dower, Clyde C.; et al. 1968. Effect and Persistence of Herbicides Applied to Soil in Puerto Rican Forests.. Weed Science 16(1): 45-50. Preview.

Goodman, Daisy. 1998? Aerial Herbicide Spraying- Poisoning the Maine (and New Hampshire) Woods. Forest Ecology Network.

Jackson, David R.; Finley, James C. 2011. Herbicides and Forest Vegetation Management - Controlling Unwanted Trees, Brush, and Other Competing Forest Vegetation. Penn State. 20 p.

Kobayashi, Shoko et al. 2012. Characteristics of Decomposition Powers of L-Band Multi-Polarimetric SAR in Assessing Tree Growth of Industrial Plantation Forests in the Tropics. Remote Sens. 4(10), 3058-3077.

Lobel, Ingrid. 2012. Majestic Forests in Oregon at Risk from Timber Industry and Chemical Spraying. PBS Newshour. 12 September 2012. Video.

Lobet, Ingrid. 2012. Oregonians fear harmful effects from timberland herbicides. Center for Investigative Reporting. Video.

McCarthy, Nick; O’Reilly, Conor.1997? The Impact of Herbicides on Tree Seedling Quality. COFORD Connects. Reproductive Material No. 1. 4 p.

McCreight, Richard W. 1983. Detection of 2,4-D herbicide damage using ground-based measurements : implications for remote sensing. Abstract.

McNabb, Ken. 1997. Environmental safety of forestry herbicides. Forest Productivity Net.

NCFS. 2012. Using Herbicides for Managing Forests. North Carolina Forest Service. Forestry Leaflet FM-19. 4 p.

Osiecka, Anna; Minogue, Patrick J. 2012? Forest Herbicide Characteristics. UF. FOR283. 9 p.

Pinter, Paul J. et al. 2003. Remote Sensing for Crop Management. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 69(6): 647–664.

Taylor, Steven E. et al. 2006? Precision forestry in the southeast U.S. 18 p.

Turner, Larry. 2003. Analysis of potential effects of forestry herbicides on endangered and threatened plants. Memo. 30 p.

Valenzuela, Sofía et al. 2006. Transgenic trees and forestry biosafety. Electronic Journal of Biotechnology 9(3).

Willoughby, Ian et al. 2003. The effect of pre-emergent herbicides on germination and early growth of broadleaved species used for direct seeding. Forestry 76(1): 83-94.

Yahaya, Sani. et al. 2011. Remote sensing of barley stressed with CO2 and herbicide. ASPRS 2011 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 1-5, 2011. 13 p.

Young, James A. et al. 1976. Remote Sensing for Optimum Herbicide Application Date for Rabbitbrush. Journal of Range Management 29(4): 342-344.

Yu, Xiaowei et al. 2004. Automatic detection of harvested trees and determination of forest growth using airborne laser scanning. Remote Sensing of Environment, 90(4): 461-462. Abstract


Aerts, R. 2013. Old trees: extraction, conservation can coexist. Science 339(6122):904. Abstract.

Anon. 2009? Report on the IUFRO-SPDC Training Workshop “Preparing and Writing Research Proposals. IUFRO-SPDC Training Workshop on Proposal Writing, Hetauda, Nepal, 20-22 February 2009. 11 p

Armenteras, D., et al. 2013. Landscape dynamics in northwestern Amazonia: an assessment of pastures, fire and illicit crops as drivers of tropical deforestation. PLoS ONE 8(1):e54310.

Bandaru, Varaprasad et al 2013. Estimating crop net primary production using national inventory data and MODIS-derived parameters.  ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 80: 61-71. Abstract.

Becker, R.H., et al.. 2013. Seeing the forest for the invasives: mapping buckthorn in the Oak Openings. Biol. Invasions 15(2):315-326.

Black, S.H., et al. 2013. Do bark beetle outbreaks increase wildfire risks in the central US Rocky Mountains? Implications from recent research. Nat. Areas J. 33(1):59-65. Abstract.

Blickley, J.L., et al.. 2013. Graduate student's guide to necessary skills for nonacademic conservation careers. Conserv. Biol. 27(1):24-34. Abstract.

Calvo, Emilio; Rubio,Santiago J. 2013. Dynamic Models of International Environmental Agreements: A Differential Game Approach. International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics 6(4). Abstract. From Tanya Capawana, Now Publishers

Cornforth, W.A., et al.. 2013. Advanced land observing satellite Phased Array type L-band SAR (ALOS PALSAR) to inform the conservation of mangroves: Sundarbans as a case study. Remote Sens. 5(1):224-237.

Corona, Piermaria. 2013. Lidar Applications in Forest Inventory and Related Statistical Issues. IUFRO News 42(5).

Fajardo, L., et al. 2013. Restoration of a degraded tropical dry forest in Macanao, Venezuela. J. Arid Environ. 88:236-243 Abstract.

FAO. 2013. Mapping Forests -- The Path to Green Growth. Video.

Franklin, J., et al. 2013. Modeling plant species distributions under future climates: how fine scale do climate projections need to be? Global Change Biol. 19(2):473-483. Abstract.

Gaertner-Mazouni, N.; De Wit, R. 2012.Exploring new issues for coastal lagoons monitoring and management. Estuarine Coast. Shelf Sci. 114:1-6. Abstract.

Garcia-Gonzalez, C.; Garcia-Vazquez, E. 2012. Urban ponds, neglected Noah's Ark for amphibians. J. Herpetol. 46(4):507-514.

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Call for Papers - JICZM (Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management) Special Issue's in "Establishing, Planning and Managing Protected Areas in Small Islands". Deadline for Full Papers Submission in English (preferably), Spanish or Portuguese: December 31st 2013. More info at: From Artur Gil, Applied GIS RS List.

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Inventory and Monitoring Deputy Program Manager - The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station is currently advertising for the Inventory and Monitoring Deputy Program Manager, a GS-401-13/14 Supervisory Biologist position that supports the  Program Manager in oversight of a dynamic Forest Inventory and Research Organization. The position is located in Ogden, UT. The incumbent participates in program management and shares accountability for the general effectiveness of the Inventory and Monitoring Program. Represents the Program Manager in any activity affecting the Program with the same degree of authority to make commitments and provide policy as the Program Manager; shares responsibility with the Program Manager for providing technical and administrative leadership in all aspects of the Program. Supports the Program Manager in advising management in formulating, establishing, and effectuating natural resource inventory, monitoring, and evaluation policies and programs for the Interior West and the Nation as a whole. Provides direct technical and administrative supervision to a subordinate staff consisting of professional, technical, administrative, and clerical employees. Serves as Acting Program Manager in providing first and second level supervision for approximately 180 positions, including Team Leaders, administrative staff, scientists and techniques staff, forest resource analysts, programmers, field operations staff, and up to 50 temporaries hired every field season. Plans and directs the overall work of the Program performed through Team Leaders, subordinate supervisors, or similar personnel. For complete information about the position, including how to apply, view the full vacancy announcement on The job announcement number for any U.S. citizen is 13-22531638-0389DP-EB and for federal career and status eligible applicants (see announcement for a full list) is 13-22531638-0389G-EB. The open period is Monday, June 10, 2013 to Monday, July 01, 2013. USDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. From Barbara Conkling, USFS. Wish I were 50 years younger….heck, I would settle for just one!  Cheers, Gyde.

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