Mapping Forestry: New Book Details Evolving Use of GIS in Forestry Industry

Mapping Forestry from ESRI Press provides a unique view into some of the many ways geographic information system (GIS) technology is being used throughout the world to support better forestry and land management decisions. The book provides firsthand reports from forestry professionals on their use of GIS to manage commercial operations and promote sustainable stewardship. Presented are approaches for determining the best route for building roads through forest lands, whether logging in a particular area is commercially viable, which fire-damaged areas of forest should be restored first, and more.

Peter Eredics, editor of Mapping Forestry and ESRI’s manager for forestry solutions, comments, “From developing countries to the developed world, forestry professionals rely on GIS to understand the timber resource, make strategic plans, manage resources sustainably, reduce costs, create efficiencies, and increase profitability.”

Forestry managers today must deal with unprecedented challenges posed by increasingly complex regulatory requirements and evolving social expectations. As a result, the business of sustainable forestry is currently undergoing transformation in an era of dramatic economic change and intensifying global competition. Mapping Forestry details how GIS software is helping foresters manage, view, and model data so they can meet environmental and commercial demands.

Mapping Forestry (ISBN: 9781589482098, 88 pages, $39.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options or contact your local ESRI distributor. For a current distributor list, visit Interested retailers can contact ESRI Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

[Source: ESRI Press Release]

Improving Access to Clean Water in Sub-Saharan Africa

GIS Used to Explore the Spatial Dimensions of Public Health

…from the Winter 2009/2010 issue of ArcNews

Clean drinking water is hard to find in Mayange, Rwanda.

That’s why a group of university students and two professors from the University of Redlands (U of R) in Redlands, California, traveled to this African region. Using the GIS technology and GPS equipment they brought along, they mapped the area’s water sources and collected water use information. Their survey is helping improve access to clean drinking water in the community and in similar communities across sub-Saharan Africa.

The maps are useful in providing local sustainable development programs with accurate locations of where people get their water. For example, the data can be used to identify areas where water sources are contaminated and support decisions about improving water quality, such as how to protect an open pit water source or where to dig a new water source. Ultimately, this field collection and mapping model may be used for mapping other water networks in Rwanda and other parts of Africa and to contribute to the implementation of sustainable practices in impoverished nations.