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STEMS: Stem-Profile Model

In 1991, the USDA Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station created a set of stem-profile taper models for 58 southern species and species groups. The Research Paper, known as SE-282, can be downloaded here. The research demonstrates how profile models are used to “predict stem diameter at any height” and […]

Technology Lock-In

Forest consulting and management firms often rely on commercial GIS software to map, store and analyze data about their land holdings. It’s not uncommon for such companies to spend tens of thousands of dollars annually to maintain commercial software licenses. In this article, I’d like to challenge the status-quo and […]

External Data: Acquire Data using APIs

Data can come from internal or external sources. In many cases, companies need access to data that is not provided by the ongoing operation of the business. For example, forestry businesses may rely on products and applications developed using regional timber prices, historical weather patterns, location-based services, or market indices. […]

Forest Technology Standards

In this article I would like to consider the topic of Technology Utilization in the Forestry Profession. Forestry technology exists in many different formats, and there are likely more providers today than at any other time in the history of our profession. So, I think it is best to frame […]

Exploratory Data Analysis

In this post we will journey on an expedition to explore a forestry dataset using Data Science tools available in Python. Python is an Object-Oriented programming language commonly used in the Geospatial and Data Science fields. As an example scenario, we will work with two datasets that resemble common Stand […]

Machine Learning in Forestry

Machine Learning (ML) is one of the new buzz words in the field of Data Science. I see machine learning articles, tutorials, and blog posts on websites and LinkedIn almost daily. So what is it, and does it have realistic applications for the forest industry now, or is it just […]

Data-Driven Forestry – Part I

“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” W. Edwards Deming In the increasingly competitive digital-age, there is a growing trend for companies to adopt data-driven processes and business cultures. In this post I will discuss what it means for companies to utilize data-driven processes, and how this might […]