Baseline Data for Alaska’s Natural Resources
National Resources Inventory Report Released
Palmer, Feb. 19, 2013 — The Natural Resources
Conservation Service is pleased to announce the publication of the first
Alaska National Resources Inventory.
NRI provides scientifically-based, statistically accurate estimates of
natural resource status, conditions and trends of land, soil, water, and
related resources. For most of the United States, the NRI provides this
information only for non-federal areas, while for Alaska it contains
data on both federal and non-federal lands.
“The NRI results are significant because they provide a
scientifically-based snapshot of natural resources and the ability to
track trends and condition," said Alaska State Conservationist Bob Jones
with the NRCS. "NRI provides a wealth of information that can be used to
make informed decisions about the state’s natural resources," he said.
Information derived from the NRI is used by natural resource managers;
policymakers and analysts; consultants; the media; Federal agencies;
State governments; universities; environmental, commodity, and farm
groups; and the public. Historically, NRI information has been used to
when forming public policies and agricultural and natural resources
legislation, to develop State and national conservation programs, to
allocate USDA assistance, and to enhance public understanding of natural
resources and environmental issues.
The data in
this report are part of a baseline for Alaska that will allow for
future reporting of natural resources trends at regular intervals. The
establishment of Alaska as a regular part of the NRI survey program has
been a long and challenging effort due to cost and special sample design
issues, imagery acquisition, data collection, and statistical estimation
procedures as described in later sections of
this report. Initial efforts to incorporate Alaska into the national
NRI data collection began in 2004.
At a glance, some of the overview data reported is: Alaska covers 388
million acres, or 16.7 percent of all surface area of the 50 United
States; 102 million acres of Alaska is in forest, 190 million acres is
in wetlands, and 192 million acres is in scrub shrubs. Beyond land cover
and use, other data collected include soil erosion, land being irrigated
and developed land. Given this baseline of data on Alaska, future
collections will indicate the degree of change in any of these areas.
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For information regarding NRCS technical service or program
participation, contact an NRCS Office. Alaska NRCS Northern Hub Office
in Fairbanks: (907) 479-3159, Alaska NRCS Southern Hub Office in Kenai:
(907) 283-8732, and the State Office in Palmer: (907) 761-7760. Contact
information for the offices in Alaska is also available at
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