USDA Forest Service

Forest Inventory and Analysis National Program


Forest Inventory & Analysis
National Office
U.S. Forest Service
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Washington, D.C. 20250-0003

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U.S. Forest Service, National Woodland Owner Survey

Urban Module
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Urban areas in the conterminous United States occupy 2.7% (60.2 million acres) of the land base and contain approximately 80.7% of the US population. Urban population growth and land development are expected to continue their upward trends. Healthy urban tree canopy and sustainable urban land management can help mitigate the environmental impacts of urbanization. The USDA Forest Service Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis (Urban FIA) program has made efforts to improve our understanding the biophysical aspects of the urban tree canopy, and these efforts are now complemented by the Urban NWOS: a concerted national effort to examine the social dimensions of the urban forest, i.e. the private landowners who manage the urban forest and other urban green space.

The NWOS is the socioeconomic dimension of the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program and is administered by the Family Forest Research Center. As FIA continues to expand its inventory into urban areas, the FFRC is working with USDA Forest Service scientists to develop and deploy an urban counterpart to the NWOS in order to better understand the critical link between society and urban natural resource management.

The Urban NWOS is currently being implemented in five cities across the United States. The Urban NWOS was pilot tested in Austin, Texas and across multiple cities in Wisconsin.

Click here to see the base NWOS questionnaire.
Click here to return to the NWOS home page.

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Last Modified: November 29, 2022

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