Sneak Peek: The Forestry Source, May 2019 

April 29, 2019 

Wonder what's coming up in the next edition of The Forestry Source? Here's a sneak peek of the action. Enjoy! Missing out on this great publication? Join SAF

GIS: The Power of Maps
The theme of the May 2019 edition is GIS: The Power of Maps, and you’ll find 10 articles on the topic. Here are a few highlights:

- One very large company, Microsoft, and one very small one, SilviaTerra, are teaming up to use artificial intelligence and a nationwide forest-imagery base map to let foresters and landowners analyze everything from small parcels of timber to forests across counties, states, and regions.

- The Northwest Florida Water Management District, with the assistance of F4 Tech, is using GIS to assess the more than $1 billion in damage to its resources and infrastructure done by Hurricane Michael last year, including 212,000 acres of pine sawtimber and bottomland hardwoods. 

- Interactive story maps produced by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Butte County show the heartbreaking destruction done by the Camp Fire last fall and help the city of Paradise recover from the devastating conflagration.

Forest Products Marketplace
“It’s nearly impossible to overstate the impact the Great Recession of 2008 had on the North American forest-products industry. The sudden plunge in the housing sector had cascading effects that immediately influenced the entire global economy,” writes Forest2Market’s Daniel Stuber. Read about his take in “What’s Driving Forest Industry Growth in the US South?”

The Future of SAF
Meet Skye Greenler, a doctoral student at Oregon State University (OSU) who is researching how post-wildfire management can promote the establishment of fire-resilient forests; she earned her undergraduate degree at Colorado College and a master’s degree at Purdue University. Greenler joined SAF in 2017 and is a member of the 2018 cohort of the SAF Diversity Scholars program. At OSU, she is a member of the Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium, the College of Forestry Discovery Days organizing committee, and the Student Association for Fire Ecology chapter.

What’s Underwater?
How does one find deadhead logs and large woody debris under water that is less than crystal clear? Inexpensive side-scan sonar sensors not only help with log-salvaging efforts, but also allow scientists to create detailed maps of everything under the surfaces of rivers and streams.

Dr. DBH: 3P Cruises
What’s the best way to cruise timber sale on a small tract with a mix of Douglas-fir, grand fir, larch, ponderosa pine, and lodgepole pine? Dr. DBH prescribes a 3P cruise.