Oklahoma Forestry Services is conducting an inventory of several central Oklahoma counties to determine the type of forest and woodlands they contain.
A Forest Inventory and Analysis crew is collecting data this month in Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties. Foresters began the data collection in 2009. Every year since, foresters have gathered information about the amount of land under forest cover, the type of forests and tree species that are present, tree sizes, invasive species and forest health issues.
State Forester George Geissler says healthy forests and woodlands provideOklahoma with many valuable goods and services. Geissler says the OklahomaForestry Services is collecting information in all 77 Oklahoma counties to improve planning and management strategies for the state's forests and ensure that citizens receive the greatest benefit possible.