The development of spatial technologies including remote sensing, geographic positioning systems (GPS), and geographic information systems (GIS) over the past two decades have allowed us to see the forest in new ways. Forest researchers and others have been actively gathering spatial data about Maine forests that allow us to view and understand forest resources in new ways.
Until now there has been no way to view and integrate these spatial data simultaneously for a particular area of forest. The Maine Forest Spatial Tool was developed to provide an online tool for quick and easy viewing of a wide variety of spatial data about Maine’s forests. The goal of this tool is to help Maine people better understand forest resources and relationships for areas of their choice, including individual woodlots, large ownerships, townships, regions, or the entire state.
Areas of Maine that are of interest to the user can be selected and viewed for a wide range for forest attributes. The Maine Forest Spatial Tool includes:
The dashboard provides an aggregate view of spatial data pertaining to the forest industry in Maine. Here are a few of the features our dashboard provides.
Maine Forest Spatial Tool (Version 1.0) has been loaded with an initial set of spatial data. We are working to continuously add new forest-related spatial data as they become available. Our goal is to keep adding new spatial data to increase the value of the tool. If you have, or know of anyone who has, spatial data for the State of Maine that would be of interest, please contact us below.
The Maine Forest Spatial Tool was developed for the University of Maine’s Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (CRSF) by Parinaz Rahimzadeh (UMaine School of Forest Resources), Chris Wilson (The Advanced Computing Group at UMaine) and Robert Wagner (UMaine School of Forest Resources).
Please contact the following with any questions about the Maine Forest Spatial Tool.
Aaron Weiskittel, Acting Director
Center for Research on Sustainable Forests
260A Nutting Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5755