Forest Change Detection

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Oak decline and the red oak borer are currently affecting large portions of the Missouri Ozarks. The challenge is that once the decline is visible on the ground, the forest stand is beyond treatment and must be salvage logged. The forest change methodologies implemented here are in response to United States Forest Service and Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry Division desires to have techniques that are able to detect subtle changes in forest health, so forest remediation measures can be applied before the stand is totally lost. The technique chosen had to be sensitive to subtle change in forest health.