Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) and Resource Planning Act (RPA)

The Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 RPA, P.L. 93-378, 88 Stat. 475, as amended, directed the Secretary of Agriculture to prepare a Renewable Resources Assessment by December 31, 1975 and update in 1979 and each 10th year thereafter. FIA currently provides updates of assessment data every five years as required by the Agriculture Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (Farm Bill). These assessments include "an analysis of present and anticipated uses, demand for, and supply of the renewable resources, with consideration of the international resource situation, and an emphasis of pertinent supply, demand and price relationships trends."