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.
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
A perspective on the organization of the USFS
A storymap template for National Forest
A web map template for transportation