Images streamed in real time and apps which are always getting better represent the best of cloud computing and software as a service. To improve the user experience, Planet has recently updated the toolbar (Add-In) for ArcGIS Pro. The Pro toolbar is the tool of choice for foresters get to their Planet imagery into the same environment as business data like stands, harvest and site prep areas.
A few highlights on the update:
- The whole interface is redesigned to be more visual and intuitive.
- There is a new button for Planet Tasking to more easily find your SkySat requests.
- Improved means to add good images into the map to make stand updates or measure acres.
- Ability to save searches with criteria like cloud percent and overlap with the stand or tract of interest.
Get the New Planet Add-In
(note, you may need to log into ArcGIS Online to access the Add-In; those of you with groups shared with SFC will see the Add-In item in the group)
Wiregrass Ecological Associates (WEA) Forester Alex Harvey was recently featured on the 97th episode of the Blood Origins Podcast. The Blood Origins podcast uses unique storytelling to raise awareness for conservation and change how hunting is viewed. Episodes encompass all aspects of hunting and conservation, featuring guests like Weatherby Award Winner Enrique Zamacola, Matt Drury (Drury Outdoors), and Cuz Strickland (Mossy Oak).
Blood Origins host Robbie Kroger and Mr. Harvey met in our Gulfport, Mississippi office to chat about humanizing hunting and the current stereotypes that come with being a hunter. Mr. Harvey encourages those to break the mold on what it means to be and look like a hunter, emphasizing that any and everyone can be a hunter no matter who you are or where you come from. The podcast can be found on Audible or Apple Podcasts and by clicking the link here: Episode 97 – On Humanizing Hunting
Mr. Harvey holds a BS degree from Mississippi State University in Forestry (with a Wildlife Management concentration) and has over 15 years of experience working in the public agency, non-profit, and private forestry sectors. He is a Registered Forester and USDA Forestry Technical Service Provider in Alabama and Mississippi.
By Mike Berzinis II, RF, CSM.
Running your business on dead software is frustrating. Dead software may be real hard to use compared to apps on your phone, or lack regular updates which keep it relevant. Software limping along on its last legs causes one to miss out on time saving automations, modern usability and increased information usefulness. Reliance on dead tech is particularly risky because it is not keeping with the times from a security standpoint.
“Redefining Forest Technology” is about living technology alternatives which reduce risks and meet the growing information demands of the business world.
As part of the Prism software user community, you automatically benefit from enhancements users like you have requested. As “alive” technology, Prism is up to date, secure and continuously provides new value over time. Hit the link below to see a video highlighting some of the hundreds of time saving capabilities brought to Prism just this year.
Welcome to Prism!
Redefining Forest Technology is about enabling forestry and natural resources businesses with the tools to function in the digital age – learn more at our website at the link below:
Redefining Forest Technology
Mike leads SFC’s Geospatial business line and is a military veteran with over 20 years experience in forestry technology.
Wiregrass Ecological Associates (WEA) recently instructed students during the 2021 Florida Master Logger Workshop in Lake City, Florida. This 2-day initial training workshop is sponsored by the Florida Forestry Association and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) State Implementation Committee (SIC). Loggers earn their Florida Master Logger certification by completing this workshop which includes modules on safety, business management, and environmental regulations. George Fullerton, WEA Senior Biologist, presented about logging considerations for imperiled species in Florida. His program discussed the history and status of environmental regulations in US and Florida, detailed descriptions of imperiled plant and animal species and critical habitats in Florida, best management practices and regulations for interacting with these species and their habitats, potential future listings and legal challenges, and the value of logger’s efforts towards biodiversity and conservation. This opportunity to address loggers is valuable because the SFI Principles call upon every program participant to meet market demands while complying with applicable laws and agreeing to use environmentally responsible practices that promote the protection of biodiversity, wildlife, plants, soil, water, and air quality. WEA has presented environmental modules during this Master Logger training workshop since 2016.
The FFA administers the Master Logger program for the Florida SFI-SIC. The program is designed to enhance the professionalism of loggers through training in safety, timber harvesting, business, and environmental regulations. Following initial training, Master Loggers must complete Continued Logging Education (CLE) credits annually to maintain their certification.
John Dooner (SFC Partner) and Austin Carroll (WEA President and SFC Partner) joined the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation’s Integrated Natural Resource Management class as guest lecturers for the second consecutive year. Focusing on Wildlife Management and Environmental Considerations on Private Lands in Florida, Mr. Dooner and Mr. Carroll discussed the complexities of managing for multiple objectives on industrial and non-industrial land holdings in the Southeast. The focal points of the discussion included common silvicultural practices to achieve recreational and financial objectives and the importance of adaptive management when considering the long-term sustainability of multiple resources. The lecture concluded with a brief review of available wildlife management funding sources and a question/answer session. UF students asked questions on topics ranging from how to evaluate emerging ecosystem services markets (e.g. carbon) to landowner conservation easement considerations. SFC and WEA are proud to provide practical, real-world insights and scenarios to the next generation of natural resource managers.