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U.S. Forest Service
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United States Department of Agriculture


Positioning, navigation, area-determinations and mapping are just a few of the many aspects of forestry requiring spatial (geographic) information. The Forest Products Measurements group, Forest Management Service Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, is responsible for determining the methodology to correctly locate and determine the size of timber units. Sufficiently accurate areas are often required to calculate volume correctly or to determine area needs for forest management.

Geospatial standards also assure operations with resources like remote sensing, field ground locations, digital mapping, and legacy resources are properly registered with each other to sufficiently determine the requirements for timber cruising and associated forest management operations.

In summary, geospatial operations connect visual displays of data with textual information; showing relational locations of the features.

Area Determination