The dataset was developed as a collaborative effort between the USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis and Forest Health Monitoring programs and the USFS Remote Sensing Applications Center.
This dataset was processed by ORNL DAAC into Geographic Lat/Long WGS84 projection which may not be suitable for analysis. If you want to perform analysis on this dataset, please download the original data at http://fsgeodata.fs.fed.us/rastergateway/forest_type/ in its native format and projection.
Eyre, F.H. ed. 1980. Forest cover types of the United States and Canada. Washington DC: Society of American Foresters; 148 p.
Statistical models developed in Rulequest's See5 data mining software link the FIA plot variables with the imagery and geospatial data. See5 creates classification trees, which have the advantage of not assuming parametric properties within the predictor data and are thus are more appropriate for the multi-scale, multi-source data, which are being used.
The ORNL DAAC reserves the right to correct, update or modify this data and related materials without notification.