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Digital Forestry: A White Paper

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Digital Forestry has been proposed as “the science, technology, and art of systematically acquiring, integrating, analyzing, and applying digital information to support sustainable forests.” Although rooted in traditional forestry disciplines, Digital Forestry draws from a host of other fields that, in the past few decades, have become important for implementing the concept of forest ecosystem management and the principle of sustainable forestry. Digital Forestry is a framework that links all facets of forestry information at local, national, and global levels through an organized digital network. It is anticipated that a new set of principles will be established when practicing Digital Forestry concept for the evolution of forestry education, research, and practices as the 21st century unfolds.

Keywords: digital technology; ecosystem management; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forest sustainability; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; global network; natural resource management; natural resources; quantitative method

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Director South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Division of Biostatistics and Health GIS Columbia SC, Email: 2: Associate Professor Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Purdue University West Lafayette IN 47907-2061, Email: 3: Research Forester Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis Forestry Sciences Lab USDA Forest Service Corvallis OR 97331 4: Assistant Professor Warnell School of Forest Resources University of Georgia Athens GA 30602 5: Associate Professor Department of Geology and Geography West Virginia University Morgantown WV 26506-6300 6: Professor Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Purdue University West Lafayette IN 47907-2061 7: Professor and Head Director School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences The University of Greenwich Park Row Greenwich London UK SE10 9LS 8: Research Scientist Pacific Forestry Centre Canadian Forest Service British Columbia Canada V8Z 1M5 9: Professor Institute of World Forestry University of Hamburg Hamburg Germany 10: Research Scientist College of Forest Resources University of Washington Seattle WA 98195-2100 11: Associate Professor Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences University of Illinois Urbana IL 61801 12: Research Professor Institute of Applied Ecology Chinese Academy of Sciences Shenyang China 110016 13: Research Scientist Department of Ecological Modeling Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle Leipzig Germany D-04301 14: Associate Professor College of Environmental Science and Forestry State University of New York Syracuse NY 13210-2788 15: Professor University of Wisconsin Fox Valley Menasha WI 54952-1297 16: Professor Natural Forest Protect Program, State Forestry Administration Beijing China 100714 17: Senior Engineer Natural Forest Protect Program, State Forestry Administration Beijing China 100714 18: Assistant Researcher Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Purdue University West Lafayette IN 47907-2061 19: Professor Department of Forest Management Northeast Forestry University Harbin China 150040

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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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.

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