Monitoring Victorias public forests: implementation of the Victorian Forest Monitoring Program

Haywood, A, Thrum, K, Mellor, A and Stone, C 2018, 'Monitoring Victorias public forests: implementation of the Victorian Forest Monitoring Program', Southern Forests, vol. 80, no. 2, pp. 185-194.


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Title Monitoring Victorias public forests: implementation of the Victorian Forest Monitoring Program
Author(s) Haywood, A
Thrum, K
Mellor, A
Stone, C
Year 2018
Journal name Southern Forests
Volume number 80
Issue number 2
Start page 185
End page 194
Total pages 10
Publisher National Inquiry Services Centre
Abstract A new strategic inventory across all publicly managed forests has been installed in Victoria. For the preceding two decades, Victorias forest inventory has been compiled from various data sources from across the state, an approach that doesnt allow information about the nature and rate of changes to the resource to be estimated, or for projections or forecasts to be made. To address these limitations, the Victorian Forest Monitoring Program (VFMP) was established, to monitor Victorias progress in meeting a commitment towards sustainable forest management, and to satisfy requirements for state and national reporting. The purpose of the new program is to assess and monitor the extent, state and sustainable development of Victorias public forests in a timely and accurate manner. The VFMP consists of a plot-based system of permanent observational units located on a state-wide grid. A combination of ground-based and aerial photo plots and remotely sensed data are used to capture a set of basic attributes that are used to derive indicators of sustainability. To meet the monitoring needs a remeasurement framework has been developed to guide the change estimation procedures. The program was designed and implemented between 2009 and 2015 and used to generate data and information for the most recent Victorias State of the Forest Report. The first annual change estimate is due to be completed in 2017. A summary of implementation and proposed maintenance is presented and discussed in this paper.
Subject Forestry Sciences not elsewhere classified
Sociology not elsewhere classified
Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) large-area monitoring
national forest inventory
operational implementation
sampling design
Victoria
DOI - identifier 10.2989/20702620.2017.1318344
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