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 Private Forest Landowners and GIS: An Exercise in Technology Transfer
Track:  Forestry, Wildlife Management, Fisheries
Author:   Mark D. MacKenzie

Private (nonindustrial) forest landowners (PFLs) own 75 percent of the commercial forest land in Alabama. The southern U.S. states are experiencing increased pressure to supply the nation and the world with wood fiber and products. There are also increasing demands on forests for recreation, water quality protection, endangered and protected species, and various other activities. GIS is a tool that can help PFLs effectively manage their resources to meet these demands. This paper addresses the development of a forestry-oriented GIS and how this GIS is being used, via the Internet, to educate PFLs in the utility of GIS technology.

Mark D. MacKenzie
Auburn University
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Auburn University, AL36849-5418

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