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Forest Mapping and Surveying Using Global Positioning Systems

Links to forest mapping products, GIS, GPS and remote sensing sites.
  1. GPS Use in Forestry (13)

Forest Surveying Methods - Distances and Angles
Foresters and landowners rarely need to initially survey forest property. They are, however, required to find corners, retrace old lines and reconstruct property boundaries. Here are the elements of forest surveying including using a compass to site an angle and determine horizontal distances.

The United States Public Land Survey
With some exceptions, the entire United states is subdivided into sections, townships and ranges. This system of townships was developed by the Public Land Survey and maintained by the United States Geological Survey. Surveyors and foresters regularly use this 24-mile tract system to define and delineate land area and boundaries.

Three Free Mapping Sites Used by Foresters
A review of three of my favorite free mapping application sites. Using Google Earth, Topozone.com and JeEep.com can get you started on mapping any forest in the United States

Basic Section Township and Range Charts

Basic GPS Glossary - WAAS to Waypoints
Basic GPS Glossary - WAAS to Waypoints

Basic GPS Glossary - WAAS to Waypoints
Basic GPS Glossary - WAAS to Waypoints

Basic GPS Glossary - Range to Track
Basic GPS Glossary - Range to Track

Basic GPS Glossary - Parallel Channel Receiver to Position
Basic GPS Glossary - Parallel Channel Receiver to Position

Basic GPS Glossary - Latitude to Longitude
Basic GPS Glossary - Latitude to Longitude

Basic GPS Glossary - Heading to Initialization
Basic GPS Glossary - Heading to Initialization

Basic GPS Glossary - Geocashe to GPS
Basic GPS Glossary - Geocashe to GPS

Basic GPS Glossary - Coordinates to Datum
Basic GPS Glossary - Coordinates to Datum

Basic GPS Glossary - Basemap to Bearing
Basic GPS Glossary - Basemap to Bearing

GPS Glossary - Accuracy to Azimuth
GPS Glossary - Accuracy to Azimuth

About Review of Terrain Navigator Pro
An About review of MAPTECH's Terrain Navigator Pro 6.0

About Review of TopoUSA
An About review of DeLorme's TopoUSA 3.0

About Map of North American Biomes
A map of the broadest regional classifications recognized by botanists and forest scientists called biomes.

About North American Forest Types
The About guide to North American timber types.

About North American Fire and Drought Maps
Here are the most current maps that show real-time fire starts and fire conditions.

Area, Length and Distance Measurements Used In Forestry

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