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Forestry is complex, dynamic, and multidimensional. You must meet the needs of the forest as well as the pressures of economic efficiency. GIS technology profoundly and positively impacts the way land managers, timber managers, and forestry specialists manage timber resources. Esri GIS helps you understand forest science, economics, and social principles. You will better care for the forest, reach your business objectives, and complete regulatory reporting requirements. Use Esri ArcGIS technology to improve inventory, land administration, sustainable forest planning, timber sales, and more.

"GIS is a scientific tool; it is instrumental in helping people let go of unfounded impressions and better understand realities. The ability to communicate spatially dramatically improves forest management."

Kent Connoughton, US Forest Service Regional Forester



Cable Harvest Planning System Improves Accuracy

New Zealand developers designed the Cable Harvest Planning Systems ArcGIS extension for payload analysis. It helps forest operations managers determine where haulers need to be located for the greatest efficiency.
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Working Directly with Lidar in Its Native Format

Learn how quickly ArcGIS transforms lidar data into 3D forest visualization. A lidar/GIS profile view enables you to discriminate between individual trees and measure height. A lidar/GIS overhead view shows canopy density.
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Watching over Americas Forests

The US Forest Service keeps track of the nation’s forests using GIS. The project’s director Richard Guilden talks about maintaining the forest data inventory and the value of using geospatial analysis to track forest status and trends. Read more

Forest Assessment: A Model for Prioritizing Needs

Assessments, important for certification and funding, need to show an analysis of forest conditions and trends. Montana Department of Natural Resources uses GIS for assessments, to prioritize needs, and outline a long term plan. Read more


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