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The Use of Aerial Photographs in Forestry

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The use of aerial photographs in mapping is not exactly new, but their use in estimating standing timber is a comparatively recent development which is still in the experimental stage. Although ground photographs were employed in surveying to some extent before 1914, it was not until after the first world war, with the increased use of aircraft, further development of aerial cameras and film, and improvement in the manufacture of apparatus for photo interpretation that much impetus was given to aerial mapping. Aerial photography has been tremendously stimulated by the military necessities of World War II. A great part of our successes in all theatres has been the result of good aerial photographic maps and interpretation made available to the invading forces by the aerial photographic units. As it applies to forest resources and management, the use of aerial photography should be greatly stepped up as soon as equipment and film, now available only to the armed forces, are made available to private enterprise and government agencies.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Forester, Woods Department, Brown Company, Berlin, N. H.

Publication date: April 1, 1945

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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