Galena Forest (Biomass) Inventory and Management Plan Project
During 2012 Geographic Resource Solutions (GRS) undertook the Galena Forest Inventory and Management Plan Project for a consortium of the Louden Tribal Council, the Galena School District, and the City of Galena, Alaska. This project entailed the development of a detailed vegetation/land cover/biomass inventory for approximately 1.25 million acres of wildlands in the vicinity of Galena. During this project GRS used the Discrete Classification methodology to develop a comprehensive natural resource inventory that included species-specific estimates of volume and biomass, estimated forest growth and biomass availability, and projected the magnitude and sustainability of future harvest levels through the end of this century. The resulting information (available as a map data set) and Project Report will provide the basis for a determination of the feasibility of developing biomass fueled power generation for the community of Galena. This Project was partially funded by grants from the Alaska Energy Authority and the Bureau of Land Management.