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Course Overview

Do you want to work for a federal or state forest agency and be involved in long term forest planning? The US Forest Service manages 193 million acres and is required to inform internal and external stakeholders within this process. This class is for those that want to learn how GIS is implemented in large scale plans.

  • Use ArcGIS Online, Webmaps, and Storymaps

  • Learn how GIS informs the planning process

  • Use the provided map templates for transportation, terrestrial, and aquatic plans

  • Equip yourself with the map products to be presented in community planning

  • Leverage geographic data online for visualization and collaboration

  • Understand the public comment dynamic

Join this class to access 9 lessons that give you a template to National Forest level long-term plans.

  • Study the Law

(aka Understanding the Forest Planning Rule)

  • Construct an Assessment

(aka What goes on in a forest assessment)

  • Study the Ecology

(aka Things to take into account in the forest landscape)

  • Build a Webmap

(aka Use ArcGIS online as an easy map building platform)

  • Wheels in the Forest

(aka Build a transportation webmap)

  • Author a Storymap

(aka Put together the comprehensive story for your forest)

  • Build a Terrestrial Storymap

(aka Put the story together for your terrestrial forest impacts)

  • Build an Aquatic Storymap

(aka Put the story together for your aquatic impacts)

  • Present to the Community

(aka Community presentation of a forest plan storymap)

What You'll Learn

With these skills you will be equipped to contribute to any State or Federal forest plan.

Learn the USFS Planning Process

  • You will learn the execution of longterm Forest Planning.

Utilize central web maps

  • You will utilize web map templates for transportation, terrestrial, and aquatic forest plans.

Engage the community

  • You will build a storymap presentable at a community planning meeting.

Additional Information

About the Instructor

Bo Wilmer has 24 years of experience in the geospatial industry with a strong background in ecology. He has worked as a GIS Analyst for USGS and Resource Data, Inc., as a Senior Landscape Ecologist for The Wilderness Society, and currently as the Natural Resources Program Manager for Critigen, a transportation GIS consulting firm. Wilmer also designed and taught Alaska Pacific University's first GIS curriculum.

Why my course is useful

Anyone coming out of the biology and ecology fields that wants to contribute to forest planning will benefit from having these technical and planning skills that are not likely offered in an agency or college course.  

Why I built it

I have seen how the planning process has been fairly loose and non standard in its use of GIS tools across different forests. So I created this class to inform more people on how to use the best GIS science in support of planning.

What I hope for you

I’d love to see more people with these skills get hired so that the planning process could take much less time than the current 10 year average. Forest plans extend beyond the federal level into the various states. Please bring these skills to any of these agencies nationally to be part of the modernization of forest planning.  

You also get access to these Bonuses

Bonus 1:

A perspective on the organization of the USFS

Value $79

Bonus 2:

A storymap template for National Forest

Value $159

Bonus 3:

A web map template for transportation

Value $399

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)

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