(Selected Highlights Only)

Alabama Forestry Commission
August, 2001

Selected Highlights of the Recently Completed 6th Periodic Alabama Forest Inventory:

Unit 1 - Southwest-South Alabama, 1999 (Washington, Escambia, Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia) (PUBLISHED)

Unit 2 - Southwest-North Alabama, 1999 (Sumter, Marengo, Wilcox, Monroe, Conecuh, Clarke, Choctaw) (PUBLISHED)

Unit 6 - North Alabama Counties, 1999 (Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan) (NOT PUBLISHED)

Unit 4 - West Central Alabama Counties, 1999 (Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Perry, Pickens, Tuscaloosa) (NOT PUBLISHED)

(Stocking levels determined by basal area, increased in all four Units -"more trees". Although tighter than in 1990, there is still a positive growth/drain relationship in Units 1 & 2 for hardwood and softwood "more wood growing than being cut". Hardwoods in Unit 6 dramatically increased for both total volumes and for growth. Units 3 & 5 (East-Central & Southeast Alabama areas) field data is being processed by the U.S.F.S.)

GD stands for "Growth to Drain." 
1.25 to 1.0 GD ratio means growth is greater than drain.

AFOA Editor's Highlights in yellow.

Ongoing Southern Annual Forest Inventory System (SAFIS) Update:

(SAFIS shortens the inventory cycle through a continuous annual inventory that systematically measures a percentage of FIA plots each year; thus, providing resource managers with more up-to-date information for making accurate and non-speculative decisions. SAFIS will allow resource managers and others to better track increased pressures and impacts on Alabama's forest resource such as those caused by wildland/urban interface, increased demand for wood products and catastrophic events such as hurricanes.)