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Application of Geospatial Technology to Monitor Forest Legacy Conservation Easements

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Abstract:

Remote sensing and other geospatial tools are being applied to monitor large working forest conservation easements and to assist office and field users to improve the efficiency of required monitoring. Two USDA-Forest Legacy Program conservation easements in northern New England are included as case studies to describe how to acquire geospatial data and apply these tools to monitor selected easement features. Much of the remote sensing and geographical information system (GIS) data are free or low cost and functional software capable of viewing, querying, and making measurements on images and maps can be acquired from public sources. A high-resolution, digital image management system linked to satellite imagery and the GIS database is presented. Finally, the geospatial monitoring tools on a handheld personal data assistant device for field users are demonstrated.

Keywords: GIS; easements; field users; monitoring; remote sensing

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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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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