New ESRI Book Details Evolving Use of GIS in Forestry Industry

Redlands, CaliforniaJanuary 11, 2010— Mapping Forestry from ESRI Press provides a unique view into some of the many ways geographic information system (GIS) technology is being used throughout the world to support better forestry and land management decisions. The book provides firsthand reports from forestry professionals on their use of GIS to manage commercial operations and promote sustainable stewardship. Presented are approaches for determining the best route for building roads through forest lands, whether logging in a particular area is commercially viable, which fire-damaged areas of forest should be restored first, and more.

Peter Eredics, editor of Mapping Forestry and ESRI’s manager for forestry solutions, comments, “From developing countries to the developed world, forestry professionals rely on GIS to understand the timber resource, make strategic plans, manage resources sustainably, reduce costs, create efficiencies, and increase profitability.”

Forestry managers today must deal with unprecedented challenges posed by increasingly complex regulatory requirements and evolving social expectations. As a result, the business of sustainable forestry is currently undergoing transformation in an era of dramatic economic change and intensifying global competition. Mapping Forestry details how GIS software is helping foresters manage, view, and model data so they can meet environmental and commercial demands. 

Mapping Forestry (ISBN: 9781589482098, 88 pages, $39.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options or contact your local ESRI distributor. For a current distributor list, visit Interested retailers can contact ESRI Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

About ESRI Press

ESRI Press publishes books on GIS, cartography, and the application of spatial analysis to many areas of public and private endeavor including land-use planning, health care, education, business, government, and science. The complete selection of GIS titles from ESRI Press can be found on the Web at

About ESRI

Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at



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