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Apply geospatial web tools to large scale forest planning

The US Forest Service covers about 300,000 square miles and needs to be informed by geospatial planning.

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Do you want to see how GIS informs long-term forest planning? Geospatial data and webmap technologies are central to a science-based, collaborative public process called Forest Planning. This course equips students with an understanding of the 2012 Forest Planning Rule, relevant geospatial data, and online GIS tools so that students can immediately engage with dozens of National Forests embarking on Forest Plan Revision efforts across the country. We introduce students to three components of a cohesive Geospatial Approach to Forest Planning: 1. Forest Planning policy and requirements. 2. Basic principles of landscape ecology and relevant data 3. ArcGIS Online principles for data management, visualization and collaboration through web applications for the US Forest Service. By understanding Forest Planning policy, relevant ecological principles, and on-line geospatial technologies, students will be equipped to deliver a unique combination of skills to inform any National Forest's management plan.


Portfolio skills:

  • National forest planning policy
  • Landscape ecology principles
  • ArcGIS Online Webmapping and data dissemination
  • Forest overview, terrestrial, and aquatic perspectives
  • Large scale data acquisition
  • Building and conveying a StoryMap

Course Format:

24 hours of online instructional time. All software included in our development sandbox.

  • Option 1: Knowledge builder self paced video COMING SOON
  • Option 2: Professional builder video and instructor led interactions. Eligible to earn Enterprise GIS Certificate

Your Instructor


Bo Wilmer
Bo Wilmer

Bo Wilmer has 24 years of experience in the geospatial industry with a strong background in ecology. He has worked as a GIS Analyst for USGS and Resource Data, Inc., as a Senior Landscape Ecologist for The Wilderness Society, and currently as the Natural Resources Program Manager for Critigen, a transportation GIS consulting firm. Wilmer also designed and taught Alaska Pacific University's first GIS curriculum.


Frequently Asked Questions


When can you Start and Finish?
Knowledge builder classes are asynchronous and can be started anytime. Professional builder classes are offered in a monthly window where instructor offers interaction time and project advisement. During this window, you may start and finish the course as quickly as you like. Projects are due by the final day, where the instructor reviews your class project to determine credit.
What kind of certificate is offered?
If you take our professional builder synchronous courses, our instructors sign off on all project completions. When you complete any 6 courses, you will receive an Enterprise GIS Professional Certificate.
Will I have access to my instructor?
You can purchase the video-only course or upgrade option to access elite practitioner educators for personal assistance.
Do the classes have to be taken in any special order?
Professional builder courses are taken on a rolling basis as your interest and schedule allows.
Will I be able to access a development environment?
All courses come complete with cloud and development environments. Some courses require a special Enterprise Student licensing which is offered here at a cost of $100/year.

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