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Virginia Department of Forestry Implements ESRI ArcGIS Server to Efficiently Manage Forest Lands

[Virginia] ESRI announced today that the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) has implemented its geographic information system (GIS) software, ArcGIS Server. ArcGIS Server is the basis of a VDOF program called the Integrated Forest Resource Information System (IFRIS), which is used to more efficiently and accurately manage forest lands. IFRIS will enable field staff to make better assessments of how landowners should manage their resources with respect to short- and long-term goals. The mapped data will also permit regional and statewide spatial analyses relative to other spatial units such as watersheds, stewardship priority areas, economic impact zones, and others. “This application will make it easier for field staff to capture data describing the location and nature of wildfire incidents, water quality, harvest inspections, forest health observations, and other critical data,” says Mindia Brown, Information Systems Manager, VDOF. “The timely, accurate, and readily available database that will evolve via IFRIS will help VDOF communicate the condition of Virginia’s forests to all those who need or want to know.”

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes
www.southernsustainableforests.org

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