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Comparing land use registry and sample based inventory to estimate forest area in Podlaskie, Poland

Marek Jablonski (1)   , Kari T Korhonen (2), Piotr Budniak (1), Marcin Mionskowski (1), Grzegorz Zajaczkowski (1), Krzysztof Sućko (3)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 315-321 (2017)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2078-009
Published: Feb 23, 2017 - Copyright © 2017 SISEF

Research Articles

The Land and Property Register (LPR) of Poland contains information on land use for the entire country. Additionally, a sample-based National Forest Inventory (NFI) provides statistical data for forest areas and detailed information on numerous forest parameters. However, until 2014 NFI plots were established only on areas classified as forest in the LPR. In this article, we present results of an estimation of forest area by extending the NFI measurements on all theoretical points in a grid, and compare the results with LPR information for one province (the Podlaskie voivodeship). At each point, we assess land use with recent aerial photographs and verify the ambiguous points in the field. Forest area in Poland is increasing due to afforestation and natural expansion of forest. Delays in the updating process of the LPR, and unwillingness of the owners to agree to reclassification of their land, have led to an underestimation of overall forest area. Our results demonstrate that forest area estimates made by the improved NFI are higher than those based upon the LPR. The modified NFI may be an appropriate tool for monitoring forest area changes in Poland.


Land Cover, Afforestation, Natural Expansion of Trees, Land and Property Register, National Forest Inventory

Authors’ address

Marek Jablonski
Piotr Budniak
Marcin Mionskowski
Grzegorz Zajaczkowski
Department of Forest Resources Management, Forest Research Institute, Braci Lesnej 3, 05-090 Raszyn (Poland)
Kari T Korhonen
Natural Resources Institute Finland, PO Box 68 (Yliopistokatu 6), FI-80101 Joensuu (Finland)
Krzysztof Sućko
Department of Natural Forests, Forest Research Institute, Park Dyrekcyjny 6, 17-230 Bialowieza (Poland)

Corresponding author

Marek Jablonski


Jablonski M, Korhonen KT, Budniak P, Mionskowski M, Zajaczkowski G, Sućko K (2017). Comparing land use registry and sample based inventory to estimate forest area in Podlaskie, Poland. iForest 10: 315-321. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2078-009

Academic Editor

Piermaria Corona

Paper history

Received: Apr 07, 2016
Accepted: Oct 12, 2016

First online: Feb 23, 2017
Publication Date: Feb 28, 2017
Publication Time: 4.47 months

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