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The Landing: where data and forests meet.

Last week was National Forest Products Week in the United States. It serves as a reminder of the essential role that forests play in the country's economy and environment. This newsletter issue has a post on the importance of being specific when you ask for data to help make decisions that highlight the important role of forests.

There is also a post outlining an introduction to mixed models for use in forestry applications, and a link to a new journal article on how to better use data in your work. As you reflect on the role that the forest products industry supplies to the country, the role of data and analytics in that process is as important now more than ever.

Hoping you're happy and healthy.

Matt Russell 

GRAPH OF THE MONTH
I've always wondered how hashtag campaigns perform on social media websites like Twitter. October 18 through 24 was National Forest Products Week in the United States. Not surprisingly, the most tweets occurred on the first Monday (Oct 19), and then trailed off as the week dragged on. 

Ever wonder how to do mixed models with forestry data in R? New blog post presents the reasons behind the rise in popularity of the statistical tool (with a tutorial in R).

Read the post.
If you ask for data from others, know your audience and give specific examples for what you want. This new post describes an example I encountered with dozens of "unique" ways to express the diameter of a tree.
Read the post.
Now available online is the paper "Nine tips to improve your everyday forest data analysis" from the Journal of Forestry. This is an article for forestry professionals that use data in their daily work. 
Get the paper (free access).
UPCOMING WORKSHOP
 
There are a few seats left in the R Statistical Software for Invasive Species Applications workshop at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference. This virtual workshop will take place on November 6, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m CST. Registration for the workshop is free.
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