MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 4, 2013

Tree analysis focuses on two counties


— A Forest Inventory and Analysis crew from Oklahoma Forestry Services will begin collecting data on plots across Muskogee and McIntosh counties this month, according to a media release.

Foresters gather information about the amount of land under forest cover, the type of forests and tree species that are present, tree size, invasive species and forest health issues.

The analysis uses on random plots across private, industrial, and public lands and includes forested and non-forested areas.

Landowners are notified by mail if a plot includes their property.

Crews will be in marked Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry vehicles and will be carrying identification.

Landowners and lessees can assist by granting crews access to property if an FIA plot falls on their land. They also are welcome to be present when the crew is measuring.

Information: Carri Abner, (918) 290-9208 or carri.abner@ag.ok.gov.