A Short Guide to Modern Mapping Systems for Managing Woodlands

— Written By Kristin Wing

Interested in learning a new way to map and manage your woodlands? Take a look at this resource, A Short Guide to Modern Mapping Systems for Managing Woodlands, to explore how you can use a geographic information system (GIS) in your management plan. GIS is a useful tool to create maps and keep records, and because information is in a digital format it is easily retrieved and updated.

This booklet provides a brief overview of how GIS works and how it can benefit woodland owners. You’ll learn about the two data types, raster and vector data, and the pros and cons of each. There is a handy definitions section for quick reference and a section on how to utilize the power of GIS through different analyses.

Our world is constantly moving and changing, be sure that your management plan can quickly adapt and evolve to keep up with the help of a Geographic Information System.

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