The Ichauway Forest Dynamics plot is a 40 acre research plot in a longleaf pine-oak woodland which consists of 18,000+ mapped trees over 1 cm in diameter. The new infastructure will support long-term research in longleaf pine and fire dynamics in the southeastern U.S.
Sen. Jon Ossoff visited the Jones Center at Ichauway to announce a bill that would improve data collection efforts of the US Forest Service. The new bill would authorize USFS to collect data on above and below ground carbon and adopt new technologies such as lidar. The bill is expected to improve data collection within the USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis.
A recent study from the Landscape Ecology lab led by Andy Whelan explores a new approach to improve large-scale measurements of forest structure using lidar. The study explored the use of “volumetric pixels” (or voxels) which have shown promise for forest measurement. The technique led to accurate estimates of wood volume, even when forest composition was unknown.