Forest Inventory - Geographic Information Systems
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Forest Interpretation (Cycle 1)
A snapshot of Nova Scotia's forest inventory database after the first
complete photo interpretation cycle. This data reflects ground condition
at the time of photo capture. Photography years: 1985-1993
Forest Interpretation (Cycle 2)
This version of the forest inventory reflects changes in the ground condition
from Cycle 1. This data is largely based on aerial photography and contains
minor updates from additional sources. Photography years: 1994-2004
Current Forest Data (Cycle 2 & 3 with Additional Updates)
This version of the forest inventory is a combination of Interpretation Cycles 2 and 3
with additional updates based on satellite imagery and field data. This data is dynamic
and different areas of the province are in different stages of completion.
This version of data is updated as work in individual counties is completed.
Photography years: 1995-Present.
Cape Breton, Richmond, Inverness and Victoria counties updated June 2015.
All counties now contain VOLUME, BASAL AREA and AVERAGE DIAMETER attribute data.
Please refer to the metadata for more information.
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Refer to the Forest Inventory Availability map
for more information on the timeframe of the data. Please note that, on the map,
photography years not followed by an asterisk (*) have not yet been released.
Check the "Status of Updates" label item to determine what stage of completion
the data is currently in.
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