Quantifying Forest Fragmentation and Total Forest in Hoosier, Wayne and Chequamegon National Forests from 1992 to 2006
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SubjectForest Fragmentation; Total Forest; Hoosier; Wayne; Chequamegon; land cover classification; ArcMap; Fragstats
The United States Forest Service was established to manage and protect national forests since 1905. This study is conducted to see how effectively the national forests are being managed. The three national forests in this study are Hoosier, Wayne and Chequamegon National Forests. The three national forests were tested to see if there has been an overall increase forested land, and if the three national forests have increased forest fragmentation from 1992 to 2006. Land cover classification data was used from National Land Cover Database. ArcMap is used to create maps of the land cover classification schemes. The data derived from ArcMap is then used in a Fragstats, which is a spatial pattern analysis program for categorical maps. The results from Fragstats are mixed between the three national forests. Each null hypothesis is rejected or not rejected, depending on which national forest is being observed. It can be concluded that further investigation should be done to test the claim that the three national forests are becoming more fragmented.
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