Tree Frog Forestry News

Trees, Tech, and Climate Change

By Patricia Miller
Innovation & Tech Today
June 26, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Kathy Abusow

From paper goods to lumber and wildlife habitat to recreation, our forests provide value in countless ways. …Forest management has advanced rapidly since the days of lumber mills and surveyors. The sector is exploding with technological advancements that are improving data collection, enhancing efficiency, and helping to maintain the delicate forest ecosystems on which we rely. One such technology is LIDAR… Forest management services can now use LIDAR to map forest canopy surfaces, tree structures, and underlying forest topography. Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, shared, “LIDAR helps people see how things are being managed, which is really important so they see this emerging transparency in the supply chain. The technology is increasingly being used to help us understand biodiversity needs as well because you can’t send people everywhere all the time. LIDAR is just an amazing tool for a forest manager and planner.”

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