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NATURAL RESOURCES

Expanding GIS Training in the College of Natural Resources
Clive David
Department of Forestry, UW-Stevens Point

ABSTRACT
Clive David in the College of Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point has been introducing students to a state-of-the-art geographic information system (GIS) based software package that assesses the ecologic functions of urban vegetation and places an economic value on these functions. Laboratory exercises that use GIS technology are being developed for use in urban forestry, landscape design, and planning courses. By using GIS tools, students not only achieve a better understanding of the ecologic and economic benefits of urban green space, but become familiar with applications that are currently being used in the field of forestry.

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