Cutting-edge mapping and forest modeling technologies for all forest landowners

  • Thu Mar 9th, 2017 8:38am
  • News

By Frank Hanson

The ONRC will host a Forestry “Evening Talk” with David Diaz, firector of Forestry Technology and Analytics/Ecotrust on Friday, March 10, from 7-8 p.m., at the Olympic Natural Resources Center in the Hemlock Forest Room. ONRC is located at 1455 S. Forks.

Diaz is the director of Forestry Technology and Analytics at Ecotrust. David will share his experience and outlook on handing the reins for cutting-edge mapping and forest modeling technologies to all forest landowners.

In 2014, Ecotrust launched a free web application, Forest Planner, to enable landowners in Oregon and Washington to visualize and compare trade-offs of different forest management approaches customized to their property, including carbon sequestration, timber production and economics, fire hazards, and more. David will offer a demonstration of this technology and describe how it is being applied to support more than 600 landowners across Oregon and Washington to develop stewardship plans, get rewarded for the environmental benefits their land provides, and to choose their own path to conscientious land management.

David approaches Ecotrust’s mission to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity and environmental well-being by applying forest-ecosystem data science and user-friendly decision support systems. He has spent nearly eight years on environmental markets and policy, with extensive experience in carbon markets, accounting and certification standard.

David has been particularly focused on making these programs more accessible to small forestland owners. He holds an M.S. in Soil Science from Oregon State University and a B.A. in Environmental History from Harvard College and is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student in Forestry at the University of Washington.

Please join us! Evening Talks at ONRC is funded through the Rosmond Forestry Education Fund, an endowment that honors the contributions of Fred Rosmond and his family to forestry and the Forks community. Refreshments will be served and a potluck of your favorite dessert is encouraged. For more information contact, Frank Hanson at 374-4556 or [email protected]