Designed for use with computer software
This web module is designed to help you gather inventory data for use with a free (public domain) software program known as the Landscape Management System (LMS). LMS is a unique and innovative program that will allow you to generate representative images of your forest, predict how your forest will grow and change over time, and allow you to experiment with different management alternatives. For instance, you will be able to model the effects of different types of thinning right after treatment, as well as 5, 10, or 20 years in the future or beyond. You will be able to assess outcomes relative to volume, revenue, wildlife habitat, fire risk, carbon sequestration, and more. Outputs include tables, charts, and realistic images of your forest, giving you powerful communication tools to share your objectives and outcomes with family members, co-owners, or other stakeholders. LMS allows you to examine the possibilities without putting your forest at risk—if you do not like an outcome, you can “put the trees back on the stump” and explore other alternatives.
One approach to inventory
There are many different methods to doing forest inventory, with different applications, required skill levels, and regional variations. This web module presents one approach to forest inventory that is designed specifically to:
- Be relatively easy to implement
- Be broadly applicable across different geographic regions
- Get you up and running with the LMS program
This approach will not be appropriate for all applications. For instance, this module is not intended to teach you how to do a professional-quality timber cruise for the purposes of appraisal, preparing a timber sale, or similar application for which much tighter sampling protocols are required. Rather, these lessons are intended as a stewardship planning tool for you as a landowner. You will be able to collect powerful and useful data about your forest, but it is not a substitute for the services of your local forestry professional if you have more advanced needs. If you do need to hire a professional, this module may still be useful in that it can help you to better understand and communicate the principles that a professional forester will be applying when working on your property.
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To get started, visit the Using This Module section to see how this learning module is organized and get tips and hints for how to get the most out of this module.