Volume 34, Issue 3 (May 2006)
Developing a Geographical Information System Database and Spatial Analysis for a Forest Biomass Resource Assessment
This study was done to determine the volume, type, and distribution of forest biomass generated in Larimer County, Colorado. The data were compiled within ArcGISTm, a Geographical Information System (GIS) program to graphically display where they exist. Presenting the data using a GIS format created a clear visual representation of wood supply distribution for Larimer County. The GIS database was developed from many sources, including data provided by the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service, and data from IRS tax records (Agricultural tax credit records). The database summarizes forest biomass generation in terms of harvested acres, volumes, and product type removed. Products were typically in the form of fuelwood, chips, posts, and small saw logs. Data were converted into a format compatible with ArcGISTM, thus contained in one easily understood database.