An integrated approach to mapping forest conditions in the Southern Appalachians (North Carolina)
Accurate and continuous forest cover information is essential for forest management and restoration (SAMAB 1996, Xi et al. 2007). Ground-truthed, spatially explicit forest data, however, are often limited to federally managed land or large-scale commercial forestry operations where forest inventories are regularly collected. Moreover, such areas are often fragmented by parcels of privately owned forest for which reliable data are unavailable. As a result, analyses and models that rely on these data face a trade-off between using large, ecologically meaningful spatial scales with missing data, or choosing less relevant spatial scales dictated by the availability and completeness of data.
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