"An International Conference on the Inventory and Monitoring
of Forested Ecosystems"

Boise, Idaho
August 16-20, 1998

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The inventory and monitoring of forested ecosystems can incorporate many tools such as remote sensing, geographic information systems, statistical sampling, growth modeling, land classification systems and tree measurements, to name a few. The current status and integration of these different tools is the theme for this international conference.

Conference objective

The conference will provide a forum for the exchange of information and new technologies pertaining to inventory, monitoring, and modeling of forested ecosystems. The presentations are intended to address inventories at all levels, ranging from local intensive inventories to regional, national, and global assessments.

You should attend the conference if you:

Preliminary program

Sun. Aug. 16 5 - 7PM Registration and Reception; social with local entertainment

Mon. Aug. 17 7 - 8AM Registration

8AM Welcome - Mayor Brent Coles, U.S. Senator Larry Craig

Keynote Address: "Basic Truths" For the Planning and Execution of Any Inventory, John Bell, John Bell & Assoc. Inc., Corvallis, Oregon, USA

10 - 11:30AM General session: British Columbia Vegetation Resource Inventory, David Gilbert, Director of Resource Inventories, BC Ministry of Forestry; Norm Shaw, Forestry Program Head, BC Institute of Technology; Kim Iles, Kim Iles & Assoc. Ltd.

1 - 5:30PMConcurrent sessions: Contributed papers, posters, vendor displays

Tue. Aug. 18 8AM - Noon Concurrent sessions: Contributed papers, posters, vendor displays

1 - 5PM Concurrent sessions: Contributed papers, posters, vendor displays

Evening Group Dinner: Join us for a refreshing evening of great food and entertainment at the Bogus Basin Ski Resort, nestled in the mountains at 6,000 elevation. Enjoy spectacular views and the scenic seclusion of a mountain retreat in the Boise National Forest overlooking the city of Boise. Spouses, guests, and families are welcome. Transportation provided. Jackets and cameras recommended!

Wed. Aug. 19 8 - 10AM Concurrent sessions: Contributed papers

10:30 - Noon General session: Annual Forest Inventories

Annual versus Periodic Surveys: Needs and Alternatives, Michael Kohl, Dresden Univ. of Tech., Inst. for Forest Growth & Computer Science, Tharandt, Germany

Alternative Sampling Designs and Estimators for Annual Surveys, Paul Van Deusen, NCASI, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA

Uncertainty in Annual Forest Inventory Estimates, Ronald McRoberts, USDA, Forest Service, St. Paul, MN, USA

The National Resources Inventory and Potential Directions, Jeffrey Goebel, NRI, USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, DC, USA

A Look at the Pros and Cons of Annual Surveys, Andrew Gillespie, USDA, Forest Service, Washington, DC, USA

1 - 5PMField trips and workshops

Thur. Aug. 20 Full dayField trips


Registration fees for the conference are $300 with a $50 discount for registrations made prior to June 15. The student registration fee is $200. Fill out a registration form today. Cancellations received on or before July 20, 1998 will get a full refund; cancellations received after July 20 will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee.

All registrants are invited to the Tuesday night dinner being organized for the conference at the Bogus Basin Ski Resort. Refreshments will be provided during the conference, but all other meals are "on your own." The conference center is within walking distance of many restaurants.


The conference will be held in Boise, Idaho at the Boise Centre on the Grove, a state-of-the-art convention center located downtown. The Boise Centre is within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, coffee bars, retail shops, entertainment, and exciting attractions. Lodging is available at three fine hotels in Boise (prices range from $61 to $99 per night plus tax).

The Boise area offers a number of opportunities for spouse/family activities. You are encouraged to plan a pre- or post-conference recreational adventure as well.

Considered "high desert" country (Boise's elevation is 2,842 feet) the weather in August is generally hot and dry. Day-time temperatures will be 80-90 degrees with low humidity; evenings cool off into the 50s, so jackets/sweaters are suggested. The conference center is air conditioned. Conference attire will be business casual.


Society of American Foresters
A1 (Forest Inventory) and A3 (Biometrics) Working Groups
Intermountain SAF
Southwest Idaho Chapter
International Union of Forest Research Organizations (4.02)
USDA Forest Service
Boise Cascade Corporation
Canadian Forest Service
American Statistical Association
American Forest & Paper Association
Westvaco Corporation

For more information contact:

Registration and Local Arrangements:

Technical Program:

Dr. Steve Fairweather

Dr. Mark Hansen

Forest Mensurationist

USDA Forest Service

Boise Cascade Corporation

North Central Forest Experiment Station

P. O. Box 50

1992 Folwell Avenue

Boise, ID , USA 83728

St. Paul, MN, USA 55108-6148



email: steve_fairweather@bc.com

email: hanse034@maroon.tc.umn.edu

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