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A Rapid Forest Assessment Method for Multiparty Monitoring Across Landscapes

Aim of the resource

The RFA approach aims to reduce the capacity and cost required for forest monitoring by training volunteers to collect data on vegetation structure and diversity in a relatively quick and efficient manner. This data can then be used to inform land management strategies or serve as a teaching tool for the program.

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Potential benefits from using the resource
Provides opportunities for increased data collection at reduced costs in forests of interest
Involvement of stakeholders can enhance trust in land management practices or science and promote learning and interest in natural resource management
Potential limitations from using the resource
Data collected by RFA volunteers may be more coarse than that collected by experts
Volunteer-collected data may be unreliable if the individuals are not properly trained or choose not to follow standard protocol
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Contact details
United States Geological Survey
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The rapid forest assessment (RFA) approach is a collaborative natural resource management strategy to monitor forests by engaging stakeholders and citizen scientists in data collection. The RFA approach was designed to simplify the process of forest monitoring, allowing for wider geographic and temporal data collection while reducing the resources required for adaptive land management projects. RFA programs also educate stakeholders and citizens on issues related to forest management and restoration.


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