2019 Forest & Soil GIS/Smartphone Workshop

2019 Forest & Soil GIS/Smartphone Workshop REGISTRATION IS OPEN Date/Time: May 22nd, 2019 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Workshop Location: W.B. Young Building – Room 100 (first floor), UConn, Storrs, CT (https://maps.uconn.edu/m/map/YNG ) Target audience: GIS/Smartphone users working as forest practitioners or related technical disciplines (loggers, soil scientists, etc.). The limited presentation time with a 1-day workshop necessitates that participants already have a basic level of GIS/smartphone proficiency. If you are a beginner GIS user looking for comprehensive GIS instruction, we encourage you to investigate options like UConn CLEAR’s Geospatial Training Program: https://clear.uconn.edu/geospatial/index.htm to gain basic proficiency. Workshop Objectives: Inform forest practitioners about relevent GIS and Smartphone App technologies and techniques for using them. Computer/Phone Requirements: The workshop will utilize a UConn computer lab with ESRI ArcMap for advanced GIS users, so no laptops or personal desktop software licenses are required for participation. The smartphone portion of the workshop will focus on the following Apps: list apps here Workshop Fee: $40.00 per participant (includes morning coffee/refreshment, box lunch, and 2.5 CT Forest Practitioner CEUs) Registration: Registration is now OPEN. The workshop is capped at 45 registrants, first come first served. You will receive a registration confirmation and parking instructions by email. Policy · Cancellations will not be accepted and therefore no refunds will be issued. · If you are unable to attend the program you may find a replacement for your reserved seat. Please contact Jacob Isleib at 860-871-4037 or jacob.isleib@usda.gov with the name of the substitution. · The workshop will be limited to 45 participants. Registrations will be processed in the order received to ensure room capacity is not exceeded. Logistics · This course will devote significant time to Smartphone technology, apps, etc. Registrants may download/install the following software that will be covered in the course: o Avenza (free) o PlotHound ($cost) o ForestMetrics ($cost) o OnyxHunt ($cost) o More? · Dress for field/weather conditions. Program sponsors reserve the right to adjust the agenda to accommodate weather or safety concerns. The field component of the workshop will involve walking on rough, uneven ground. Should you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Jacob Isleib at 860-871-4037 or jacob.isleib@usda.gov WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Division of Forestry and Wetlands Management Section, and the Connecticut Chapter of the New England Society of American Foresters are hosting a workshop for forest practitioners (foresters, loggers, soil scientists, and other related disciplines). Forestry practices occur in virtually every municipality and reliance upon GIS/GPS technologies within the field is becoming universal. When planning or executing forestry operations, utilizing high-resolution geodata increases work efficiency and quality. This all-day workshop will consist of a series of presentations and hands-on sessions covering: accessing and manipulating geodata such as LIDAR imagery, CTECO mapping and the Web Soil Survey/SoilWeb, Freeware GIS options, and exposure to a suite of Smartphone Apps that are relevant to the forest practitioner. The program will conclude in the classroom. 2.5 CT Forest Practitioner CEUs will be awarded following completion of the workshop. Registration is required.

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