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Electronic Scanning of Wilderness Permits

The tech tip, Technologies for Scanning Wilderness Permits (0523–2324–MTDC), covers the use of optical scanning technologies to convert information on printed wilderness permits into an electronic form for incorporation into the Forest Service’s Infra-WILD database. Optical scanning systems can eliminate the need to enter information from thousands of permits manually into a database.

Photo of a man wearing a backpack signing in at a self-service forest campground area.

The tech tip also includes information on optical mark recognition scanning systems that read checkboxes and shaded bubbles and on intelligent character recognition systems that can read handwriting.

For more information on technologies for scanning wilderness permits, contact Gary Kees, project leader (phone: 406–829–6753; e-mail:

To order the tech tip, contact MTDC publications (phone: 406–329–3978; e-mail:

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