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FEATURE

Evaluating Forest Inventory
Technology for Small Landowners
MAX NOVA
consulting forester must wear many
hats: cartographer, silviculturist,
cruiser, entomologist, planner,
harvest supervisor, accountant.
For each of these roles, there is a constant
stream of new technologies. Which are
worth adopting? Which will best help
private landowners understand and relate
to their land? Given the many options, how
can you decide among them?
The many facets of our profession
require that we be sparing with our focus
in any one - and that we make use of efficiencies that can help us collect data and
relay information in meaningful ways.
That is the promise of technology: to save
time and improve outcomes. At their best,
new tools improve our ability to understand our forests and direct their growth.
At their worst, new "technologies" can
increase confusion, complicate processes,
increase costs and generally distract us
from what is really important.
When it comes to technology for connecting private landowners with their
land, it is important to remember both
the heart and the mind. Heart is the emotional connection to the land - the story
landowners tell their children about their
property. Mind is the detail-oriented,
analytical focus needed to create and continually revise an optimized management
plan for achieving the landowner's most
important objectives. Any technology can
be evaluated by how well it helps landowners in these two areas.
In this article, we will lay out a framework for evaluating which technologies
can help you empower landowners to
connect to their properties with both
hearts and minds.

HEART
Small landowners have a personal, emotional connection to their land. There are
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often decades of stories and shared history on a particular tract. Consultants
can use technology to help landowners
explore their property through new perspectives, deepening and enhancing their
bond with their land.
No article about new forest technology
would be complete without a section on
drones. In the past few years, several userfriendly $1,000 drones have emerged that
make it possible for even small consulting shops to own and operate their own
drone. Drones give landowners a new
point of view, creating a powerful visual
tool for a consultant explaining proposed
management plans. Drone imagery particularly shines as a communication tool
because clear, high-resolution images of a
single property lend a sense of immediacy
and reality to a discussion.
The typical scale of consulting forestry
is well-suited to drone flights. Drones
have limited utility in larger, industrialscale forests because of restrictions on
flight ceiling, battery life and line-of-sight
operation. Because most consulting work
is done on a parcel-by-parcel basis, consulting foresters neatly avoid most of these
logistical issues.
But drones are not the only way to get
imagery for a property. Many landowners
already know how to use Google Maps
to view recent satellite imagery for their
tracts, but few know of an even more
powerful tool: Google Earth. Consulting

The DJI Phantom 4 Advanced is a
professional-grade drone that retails
for $1,200.

foresters can use Google Earth to zoom
to a landowner's parcel and then drag a
timeline slider to view historic satellite
imagery. This is a visually compelling way
to discuss past land use changes on and
around the property. There is nothing like
being able to see a series of photos to tell
a story about the silvicultural history of
a particular stand and how that history
plays into future management possibilities.

The
iNaturalist
app is great
for getting
the younger
generation
engaged.

Technology has more to offer the heart
of the landowner than just pretty pictures;
it can also help get younger generations
involved in the land. We frequently hear
that older landowners struggle to get their
children and grandchildren interested in
their property. Technology offers a way
to bridge the gap by letting the "digital
native" generation connect with the property on their own terms.
One of the best examples of this is the
iNaturalist app. Developed by the California
Academy of Sciences, iNaturalist is an iOS/
Android app for recording and identifying
plant, insect and animal species. A picture of an organism is taken and the app
records the date and location and saves
the picture to the account. With multiple
observations, you can begin to build up a
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2018

From the Executive Director End Notes
From the President ACF: Forestry, Fellowship and Value
Sharing the Stories of the Trees: ACF Distinguished Forester Jim Able
Maple Syrup: A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
The South Carolina Chapter and Forestry Students
The Association of Consulting Foresters Celebrates 70 Years
Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?
Changes of Biblical Proportions
Forests for Fish In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are Learning from Each Other
Case Study: Richland Township Woods, North Central Indiana
Invasive Species 101
Evaluating Forest Inventory Technology for Small Landowners
Choosing the Right Accountant or Tax Preparer
The History of Forestry in Ireland
The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
Products & Services Marketplace
Index of Advertisers
Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
The Consultant - 2018 - Intro
The Consultant - 2018 - cover1
The Consultant - 2018 - cover2
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The Consultant - 2018 - From the Executive Director End Notes
The Consultant - 2018 - From the President ACF: Forestry, Fellowship and Value
The Consultant - 2018 - Sharing the Stories of the Trees: ACF Distinguished Forester Jim Able
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The Consultant - 2018 - Maple Syrup: A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
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The Consultant - 2018 - The South Carolina Chapter and Forestry Students
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The Consultant - 2018 - The Association of Consulting Foresters Celebrates 70 Years
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The Consultant - 2018 - Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?
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The Consultant - 2018 - Changes of Biblical Proportions
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The Consultant - 2018 - Forests for Fish In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are Learning from Each Other
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The Consultant - 2018 - Case Study: Richland Township Woods, North Central Indiana
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The Consultant - 2018 - Invasive Species 101
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The Consultant - 2018 - Evaluating Forest Inventory Technology for Small Landowners
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The Consultant - 2018 - Choosing the Right Accountant or Tax Preparer
The Consultant - 2018 - The History of Forestry in Ireland
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The Consultant - 2018 - The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
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The Consultant - 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
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The Consultant - 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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The Consultant - 2018 - Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
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