Forest ThreatNet

Volume 2, Issue 1 - Winter 2009

EFETAC Crown Indicator, Gene Research "Hot Topics" at Symposium

FIA logoClimate Change, Fire, and Other Hot Topics was the theme of the 2008 national Forest Inventory and Analysis Symposium held last October in Park City, UT. EFETAC’s FHM research team leader Bill Bechtold and North Carolina State University cooperator Kevin Potter participated in the conference. Bechtold presented “The Power of FIA Phase 3 Crown-Indicators to Detect Change,” and Potter delivered “From Genes to Ecosystems: Measuring Evolutionary Diversity and Phylogenetic Community Structure.” Before the meeting, Bechtold and FIA forest health specialists consulted with Mexican scientists interested in implementing a forest health monitoring system modeled after the FIA system. According to Bechtold, “FIA has the most advanced ground-based forest inventory and monitoring system in the world; it’s always interesting to hear about the new and innovative uses to which the data are applied.” More information about FIA and the symposium are available at

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