Within the Forestry industry, it is essential to strike an intricate balancing act between complying with environmental regulations, keeping on top of changing forestry conditions and achieving environmental management plans that are sustainable both locally and globally.
Forestry professionals across the country are leveraging GIS to analyze complex situations, visualize problems, and create geographic plans and solutions that improve operational performance. Our solutions help foresters and land managers balance the needs of their forests with the demands of society and the pressures of economic efficiency.
The ArcGIS platform can be used to assess forest conditions through historical analysis, stand inventory, soil types, changing weather patterns and land-use practices. Modelling enables users to test and consider options in both temporal and spatial contexts while geospatial records provide forest managers with a baseline for evaluating plans. Data can also be captured and shared on mobile devices for near-real time information updates.
Previously, we would have characterized two forest blocks that totalled 1.5 million hectares as 250,000 stands, as an example. Now, we characterize them as 20 square metre x 20 square metre cells which involves roughly 40 million points. It's as close as you get to a tree-level understanding of the forest.
Track all the elements of forest prescriptions and schedules for a multitude of stand activities.
Transportation and Access Management
Gain tools for dynamically assigning time and haul cost attributes to the existing inventory database for road access alternatives.
Use predictive modeling and analytics to map a forest's future relative to alternative management strategies.
Design options for prevention, intervention and recovery.
Fire Management and Suppression
Understand the direction, location and speed of wildfires to develop effective suppression strategies.
Ecology and Habitat Management
Interactions and relationships among diverse ecosystem components can be explored and visualized using the powerful analytical and visualization tools of GIS.
GIS helps forest managers assess the natural role of fire in forested ecosystems, apply it and implement complex prescriptions. It serves as a scheduling tool and provides an account of changes in vegetative condition. GIS helps managers know how to ignite and still meet regulatory compliance.
Study impacts to water quality and access the downstream affect of proposed activities. You can track and analyze sedimentation, flooding, vegetative changes and the affects on habitats, streams, rivers and wetlands.
GIS provides the ability to assess and monitor environmental changes to assist planners and managers to better understand the impact of land use.