|Forest Inventory and Analysis Program of the U.S. Forest Service reports on status and trends in forest area and location; in the species, size, and health of trees; in total tree growth, mortality, and removals by harvest; in wood production and utilization rates by various products; and in forest land ownership. The enhanced FIA program will include information relating to tree crown condition, lichen community composition, soils, ozone indicator plants, complete vegetative diversity, and coarse woody debris. ***|
|American Forest's National Register of Big Trees. Database of the U.S.'s biggest trees. ***|
|Global Forest Heights Data Maps. Using NASA satellite data, scientists have produced a first-of-its kind map that details the height of the world’s forests. Although there are other local- and regional-scale forest canopy maps, the new map is the first that spans the entire globe based on one uniform method. Shows above-ground biomass and how little there is of it! ***|
|National Snow and Ice Data Center's Frozen Ground Data Center. This page links to various maps that provide a visual perspective of Arctic permafrost, soil conditions, and frozen ground extent. North America, Arctic and Russia.|
|UNECE/FAO Timber Section Electronic Tables for Forest Products Statistics, 2003-2007 (provisional) Data include removals, production of sawn wood, panels, pulp and paper for over 60 items and trade in both value and volume for these items. Data cover the last five years and are provided for the UNECE region of Europe, the CIS and North America.|
|Forest Certification Resource Center database of more than 1,100 certified forests throughout the world, and more than 8,000 certified locations supplying wood and paper products. Buyers can make more informed purchasing decisions by searching for companies based on location, certification system, company type or other specific product information.|
|Climate Change Atlas for 80 Forest Tree Species of the Eastern United States. A project of the USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. Distribution Maps/Tables, Ecological, Soil, Elevation and Climate Attributes.|
|Forest Encyclopedia Network consists of a growing number of encyclopedias covering different fields of forest science. ***|
|Big Canopy Database combines efforts of forest canopy researchers with database and computer scientists to produce effective tools to manage, analyze, and disseminate shared data pertaining to complex ecological questions requiring multiple disciplines and a wide range of spatial scales.|
|North American Drought Atlas is a history of Meteorological Drought Reconstructed from 835 Tree-Ring Chronologies. Columbia University.|
|A Climate Change Atlas for 80 Forest Tree Species of the Eastern United States- distribution maps and tables for different climate change scenarios, life-history and disturbance attributes, ecological attributes, and more. A project of the USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station.|
|Tree World. Trees in North America. Photos, descriptions.|
|"Experts estimate that by 2030 some 10 million acres (4 million hectares)—
roughly the size of New Hampshire and Vermont combined—
of mainly natural hardwood and natural pine forests will be chopped down to make way for
(monoculture) pine plantations in just three states in the southern U.S."
(Sohngen and Brown 2004). www.greenpressinitiative.org/documents/StateOfPaperInd.pdf
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