SOCIETY OF AMERICAN FORESTERS

SOUTHWESTERN SECTION

SERVING FORESTS AND FORESTERS OF ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO

Northern Arizona Chapter

We are located in beautiful Flagstaff, AZ in the heart of the Coconino National Forest. Our members consist of Private, City, State, and Federal foresters, and students and faculty from Northern Arizona University. 

Recent Events: Highway 180 Adopt a Highway Cleanup Day (August 13, 2022)!


From left to right: David Danker, Eric Olson, Al Hendricks, Oscar Nabel, (photo Mark Nabel)


Upcoming events and news:

September meeting: Tuesday, September 27th 5:30-7:30 pm in person at Crystal Creek Sandwich Co. Flagstaff, and on Zoom! (contact Eric Olson for Zoom access at eric.l.olson@usda.gov).

Guest Speaker: Mark Christiano (USFS), Alex Spannuth (USFS)

Topic: Landscape Scale LiDAR Derived Individual Tree Segmentation and Its Use in Wildland Fire Effects Monitoring  

For centuries Ecologists and Cartographers have been trying to map and quantify natural resources and measure the myriad of dynamic interactions that affect them.  Forests of the southwest United States are one of the most valuable, productive, and threatened natural resources today due to interactions with federal policy, changing climate, and increasing severity of disturbances like wildfire.  On June  2020 the Mangum fire started on the western edge of the Kaibab Plateau, ultimately burning 71,450 acres becoming the largest fire in the recorded history of the Kaibab Plateau.  Kaibab National Forest is currently exploring the use of LiDAR and multispectral imagery to map and quantify pre and post Mangum fire forest structure conditions and the associated relationships to wildland fire severity.


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