Monday, November 20, 2006


Prior to the national SAF meeting in Pittsburgh, I experienced what the world of technology had done for the forestry industry. The use of GPS and GIS is a common place as well as the use of electronic measuring devices and digitalized computer programs for recording data in the field. But, I hadn’t realized the use of web-based GIS programs were becoming extremely popular within the industry. Many of these GIS programs, both web-based and software based, go beyond the capabilities of traditional GIS systems. In the new programs, inventory data can be entered in a GIS database for an entire forest. The interesting thing is that you have the ability to select a portion of forest through the GIS land map, the program proceeds to calculate statistics about inventory data for that particular stand within the forest. Technological advances have allowed forest managers to become for efficient and the revolution will continue for years to come.

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