Online mapping and spatial resources for the private forest landowner
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Jul 20, 2012 12:00 pm US/Eastern
Length: 01:00 (hh:mm)
- John Gilbert, Auburn University, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Longleaf Pine Stand Dynamics Laboratory
- Society of American Foresters - 1 hour Category 1 Credit
There is growing interest among private landowners to diversify the benefits from their property through multiple use management. However, small-scale private landowners often have limited information regarding how to plan for management of these benefits. A map is one of the most important tools a rural or urban forest landowner needs for planning and management especially when planning for multiple uses. A project was started in 2011 to compile outreach information and examples of online mapping and spatial resources that can be used by landowners and forest land managers, such as consulting foresters and wildlife biologists, to help them maximize benefits of planning and evaluation of multiple use management on small-scale forests with limited or no capital outlay. The information is organized in a booklet tutorial with examples of online spatial resources to help landowners and conservation professionals make maps and utilize aerial photography, topographic layers, soils information, data collected with GPS units, and even visual simulations for an area of interest (timber stand, agriculture field, pasture, etc.). The booklet is designed for beginners and provides keywords, homepage links, tutorial information, examples, and screenshots for online programs like the USDA/NRCS Web Soil Survey, Google Earth, Alabama Historic Aerial Photo Archive, USDA/NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway, and USDA National Agroforestry Center CanVIS. This webinar will focus on the booklet and provide an overview of the programs and example products.