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The Forest Analytics Landing

The Forest Analytics Landing

By Matthew Russell

This podcast highlights current events, emerging research, and new opportunities in forest analytics. We’ll provide commentary and share stories about how organizations are solving forestry problems by leveraging data to make informed decisions.

Hosted by Matt Russell, forest analytics consultant. For more information, visit arbor-analytics.com.
025: New research on estimating forest biomass and carbon
025: New research on estimating forest biomass and carbon
This podcast describes new research from the forest biometrics community that focuses on forest biomass and carbon estimation. I talk about new equations that are available to estimate tree volume, biomass, and carbon, forest disturbances, small area estimation, and more. Follow along with the slides available at this LinkedIn post: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/matt-russell-70a94824_russell-carb-presentation-activity-7004143872524066818-dht_?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop  To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
16:02
December 05, 2022
024: The erosion of research in forestry
024: The erosion of research in forestry
Annual research funding within the forestry sector is about US$600 million. It used to be more, and we need more research dollars to support forestry's challenges in the future. This podcast discusses the erosion of research and development in forestry, and presents a few models from other sectors that we might look to. LinkedIn Newsletter series from November 2022 that discusses forestry research: https://www.linkedin.com/newsletters/trends-in-forest-analytics-6962772901330616320/ Forest Sector Research and Development Capacity (Journal of Forestry article): https://academic.oup.com/jof/article-abstract/117/5/443/5492322  To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
13:22
November 21, 2022
023: How to spot poor data analyses
023: How to spot poor data analyses
The podcast describes how to spot poor data analyses. A talk about a list of "red flags" that can help you spot poor data analyses that you come across. Read more here: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2022-10-20-how-to-spot-poor-data-analyses/ To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
15:39
November 07, 2022
022: What we should be teaching more of in quantitative forestry
022: What we should be teaching more of in quantitative forestry
Our traditional quantitative courses in forestry cover the basics: forest measurements, statistics, and modeling. In this episode I describe several topics that I think the forestry community needs to teach more of in its courses with students. Read the article "What statistics students in natural resources want to learn more about" by Matt Russell: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2021-12-22-what-statistics-students-want-to-learn-more-about/ Read the article "Reproducible research: a retrospective" by Roger Peng and Stephanie Hicks: https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-012420-105110 Read the 2016 Data Science Report by CrownFlower: https://visit.figure-eight.com/rs/416-ZBE-142/images/CrowdFlower_DataScienceReport_2016.pdf To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
15:14
October 24, 2022
021: Recap of the SAF Convention
021: Recap of the SAF Convention
The Society of American Foresters Convention occurred from September 20-24, 2022 in Baltimore, MD. In this episode, I recap the Convention and highlight a few sessions that resonated with me. See the 2022 Society of American Foresters Convention website: https://www.eforester.org/Safconvention To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
15:03
October 10, 2022
020: Comparing logging trucking wages to other industries
020: Comparing logging trucking wages to other industries
The forest products industry is facing a workforce shortage in truckers. Compensation is often mentioned as a challenge. The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate logging truckers earned a median wage of $22.66 per hour. While logging truckers earn similar rates compared to other sectors, the distribution of their wages is much narrower. Read more:https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2022-08-15-comparing-logging-trucker-wages-to-other-trucking-industries/ To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
11:28
September 26, 2022
019: The price of carbon in decreases slightly
019: The price of carbon in decreases slightly
I’ve been keeping track of auction prices for carbon through the California Air Resources Board for some time. Last month’s auction represented the largest quarter-over-quarter decreases in the settlement price for carbon. This episode discusses the results of that carbon auction and provide some historical perspective on carbon prices. Read for more information: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2022-09-07-price-of-carbon-in-carb-decreases-slightly/ To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
07:49
September 12, 2022
018: What's new in R
018: What's new in R
This podcast will discuss four new things in R. Learn about the name change for RStudio, what Quarto is, the tidymodels package, and how the learnr package can help teach R concepts.  To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
11:43
August 29, 2022
017: Converting tree volume to weight
017: Converting tree volume to weight
Converting between the volume and weight of wood has always been a nuisance for foresters. Species have different wood properties and are sold into different product classes, complicating converting between the two. This podcast describes the development of simple wood volume-to-weight conversion factors for 2,500+ species in the US.  Read more here: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2022-07-27-simple-volume-to-weight-conversion-for-us-tree-species/ Get the data set here: https://github.com/mbrussell/volume_to_mass  To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
12:03
August 15, 2022
016: New book: Statistics in Natural Resources: Applications with R
016: New book: Statistics in Natural Resources: Applications with R
In this podcast I talk about my new book, Statistics in Natural Resources. Applications with R. This new book focuses on the application of statistics in the environmental and natural resources disciplines. The book is now available for pre-order and will ship August 19. Use discount code ASM07 before Sept 30, 2022 when you order through the Routledge website: http://www.routledge.com/9781032258782 Special thanks to CRC Press, Routledge, and Taylor and Francis for being excellent partners in publishing this work. To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
17:18
August 01, 2022
015: A forest carbon data dashboard
015: A forest carbon data dashboard
How do you visualize the carbon stored across an entire state? A data dashboard! This podcast describes a recent project summarizing the trends and status of carbon in Minnesota's forests. Browse the Minnesota Forest Carbon Dashboard: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/28fc7281e9e84168b5ec50b7de2480c2/ To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
11:05
July 18, 2022
014: Quantifying the value in harvested wood products
014: Quantifying the value in harvested wood products
Harvested wood products in use and solid waste disposal sites represent 4.5% of the total amount of carbon in the United States. So don't overlook them when summarizing forest carbon numbers! Read more here: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2022-04-23-harvested-wood-products-in-the-forest-vegetation-simulator/ To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
13:47
July 04, 2022
013: Should foresters keep saying “statistically significant”?
013: Should foresters keep saying “statistically significant”?
The statistics community has had a lot of discussion in recent years about the role of p -values and statistical significance. What does this mean for forest biometricians and analysts that have traditionally used p -values and tests of significance in their daily work? Read the post here: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/should-foresters-keep-saying-statistically-significant/ Matt Dancho's meme on statistical significance: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mattdancho_this-used-to-be-me-when-i-was-first-learning-activity-6934814587355623424-GOJR?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=member_desktop_web   To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
10:25
June 20, 2022
012: The price of carbon continues to climb
012: The price of carbon continues to climb
The price of carbon continues to climb. The settlement price of one metric tonne of carbon at the California Air Resources Board's May auction was $30.85 in, a 9% increase from November. Read more here: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2022-06-03-price-of-carbon-hits-a-new-record-high/  To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
06:55
June 06, 2022
011: If 50% of a tree's biomass is carbon, what's the other half?
011: If 50% of a tree's biomass is carbon, what's the other half?
“Half of the biomass of a tree is carbon.” This has been a widely spoken statement made by many foresters and scientists alike. So what makes up the other half of biomass? READ: If 50% of a tree's biomass is carbon, what's the other half? https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2021-08-22-if-50-of-a-tree-s-biomass-is-carbon-what-s-the-other-half/ READ: Testing the assumption: Half of the biomass of a tree is carbon: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2021-06-18-testing-the-assumption-half-of-the-biomass-of-a-tree-is-carbon/ To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
08:10
May 23, 2022
010: R packages for forest analysts
010: R packages for forest analysts
The R program is one of the most popular programs being used by forest analysts today. Forest analysts use R packages, or collections of functions and data sets, to help guide their everyday work. There are over 18,000 R packages archived on the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) repository. R users also make packages available on GitHub, particularly for specific disciplines like forest inventory and measurements.  This episode focuses on packages that are specific to the discipline of forest inventory. These are packages developed “by foresters, for foresters”.  Read the post "Five R packages every forest analyst should be using:" https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2022-01-14-six-r-packages-every-forest-analysts-should-be-using/  To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
14:42
May 09, 2022
009: President Biden's Earth Day pledge for forests
009: President Biden's Earth Day pledge for forests
On April 22, 2022, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing federal land managers to define and inventory mature and old-growth forests. The work will occur over the next year and will require work from the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to identify threats to older trees. Read the Executive Order on Strengthening the Nation’s Forests, Communities, and Local Economies: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/04/22/executive-order-on-strengthening-the-nations-forests-communities-and-local-economies/ To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
13:08
April 25, 2022
008: Carbon credits: quantity versus quality
008: Carbon credits: quantity versus quality
The forestry community is focused on carbon, and the question of quantity versus quality of credits is increasingly being raised. Credits associated with forest carbon are bringing new opportunities to landowners and the investors that value timberlands. This podcast describes different aspects about the quality and quantity of carbon credits, a difference that's been at the forefront of many conversations in forestry in the last six months. Presentation by Jim Hourdequin, CEO of The Lyme Timber Company: “You get what you pay for: a TIMO’s perspective on forest carbon offsets and evolving carbon markets”: https://youtu.be/uaZE1Rf95J0 Bloomberg article: "This timber company sold millions of dollars of useless carbon offsets”: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-17/timber-ceo-wants-to-reform-flawed-carbon-offset-market To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com
11:27
April 11, 2022
007: Random forests in forestry
007: Random forests in forestry
The podcast describes the application of random forests using forestry data. Random forests have exploded in popularity in the forestry discipline in recent years. Random forests are a quantitative tool categorized as a machine learning technique. Analysts prefer to use random forests methods because they can handle large amounts of data, provide the relative importance of a many variables, and can be applied to classification or regression problems.  For the post "Random forests in a nutshell", read here: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/random-forests-in-a-nutshell/ For the post "Random forests, a tutorial with tree biomass data, read here: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2021-09-26-random-forests-a-tutorial-with-forestry-data/  To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
16:10
March 28, 2022
006: Happy Pi Day! Say no to pie graphs...
006: Happy Pi Day! Say no to pie graphs...
I was in college when I first head that pie graphs were bad. I didn’t really understand why at first, but I always appreciated how easy they were to make in Excel and Minitab. This podcast describes an in-class activity I’ve conducted in several statistics classes. I’ll show some data I’ve collected on why pie charts are problematic compared to other visualizations. Read the post to see some of the visualizations: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2021-03-12-some-data-on-why-pie-graphs-are-bad/ Other papers published by Cleveland and McGill in the mid-1980's: Cleveland, W.S., and R. McGill. 1984. Graphical perception: theory, experimentation, and application to the development of graphical methods. Journal of the American Statistical Association 79: 531-554. Cleveland, W.S., and R. McGill. 1985. Graphical perception and graphical methods for analyzing scientific data. Science 229: 828-833. To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
12:57
March 14, 2022
005: The price that forest landowners want for carbon
005: The price that forest landowners want for carbon
Many forest carbon markets now appeal to a variety of landowners, including small private landowners. The current price of carbon on an annual basis will be a large determinant of a landowner’s willingness to enroll in a carbon market. This podcast describes the price of carbon that landowners are willing to accept for storing carbon in their forest. Read more here: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2022-02-22-what-does-the-price-of-carbon-have-to-be-for-landowners-to-enroll-in-carbon-markets/ To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
13:51
February 28, 2022
004: PPP loans to the forest product industry
004: PPP loans to the forest product industry
Throughout the pandemic, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offered loans to businesses to provide a direct incentive for them to keep their workers on payroll. Forest products companies across the US received $4.7 billion in PPP loans offered through the Small Business Administration. Over 35,000 loans were offered to forest products companies in the US from April 2020 through May 2021, affecting 487,000 workers in the forest industry. Read more here: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2022-02-12-how-the-forest-products-industry-used-paycheck-protection-program-loans/  To subscribe to our email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d96897dc0f46/arbor-analytics You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
12:40
February 14, 2022
003: Investment in timberlands is on the rise
003: Investment in timberlands is on the rise
The value in timberlands as an investment increased by over 9% in 2021, the largest annual gain since 2014. This podcast describes the returns from timberland investments compared to national economic indicators in the last 12 years.  Thanks to Daowei Zhang's book From Backwoods to Boardrooms. Recent blog post from Arbor Custom Analytics blog: Timberlands as investments see biggest gain since 2014. To subscribe to our email newsletter, subscribe here. You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
10:37
January 31, 2022
002: Carbon in harvested wood products
002: Carbon in harvested wood products
Despite many recent challenges to the forest products industry, the increasing role of harvested wood products in our “carbon portfolio” is a bright side that should make its workers proud. This podcast describes carbon in harvested wood products. Read more here: https://arbor-analytics.com/post/2021-05-15-harvested-wood-products-an-increasing-contributor-to-us-carbon-storage/ You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
13:33
January 17, 2022
001: The three kinds of data scientists in forestry
001: The three kinds of data scientists in forestry
How do you hire the right person to work with your data? The podcast describes data scientists in forestry that typically focus in one of three areas: analytics, algorithms, or inference. Read the original  post The three kinds of data scientists in forestry. You can also follow this podcast series on the Arbor Custom Analytics YouTube Channel.  For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
09:55
January 03, 2022
Trailer for The Forest Analytics Landing podcast
Trailer for The Forest Analytics Landing podcast
This is the trailer for The Forest Analytics Landing podcast. For more information on how data and analytics can empower your forestry organization, visit arbor-analytics.com.
02:21
December 31, 2021