Rugged Tablets: A perfect fit for foresters

I have given presentations at several forestry conferences across the country in the last year about forestry related mobile apps for smartphones and tablets. The presentations typically lead to a discussion about hardware and whether we need rugged devices for field use. There are several case options including Otterbox and LifeProof that will help protect your device from accidental drops, water, or other elements that may cause damage.

New phones and tablets galore!

It has been awhile since I have posted here at It is not for a lack of trying, but my life has been so busy lately. I started graduate school earlier this year and that has taken up a bulk of my time. I am pursuing a Masters in Computer Science at Southern Polytechnic State University near Atlanta, GA. After working for several months with students at SPSU developing an Android app for my forestry business, I decided I wanted to go back to school to learn about software and app development.

Microsoft's Surface changes everything

Last week, Microsoft sent out invitations to a huge announcement on Monday June 18, 2012. The mystery announcement fueled rumors and speculation from media outlets and bloggers. Is it a new Xbox? A movie or tv service for Xbox? Or, maybe it is about Windows 8? So, what was the big announcement?

Georgia State Bar takes aim at Consulting Foresters

The State Bar of Georgia has issued a public hearing notice for June 1, 2012 to determine whether a consulting forester that uses a timber sale contract without hiring a lawyer constitutes the unlicensed practice of law. A lawyer has filed a complaint on the issue, therefore the State Bar is required to hold a hearing. The notice describes the situation as follows:

Forget gas, fill up your tank with wood

I love my truck, but I really hate when I have to fill up the 36 gallon fuel tank. As gas prices remain in the $3-4 range, it usually costs over $100 to fill up my Ford F150. I am always looking for ways to lower my fuel costs and increase fuel efficiency to offset the impact of higher gas prices on my wallet.  Last month,  I wrote about a way to lower my fuel costs by using the GasBuddy app to help find the cheapest nearby gas prices. I use the app every time I start thinking about stopping to fill up my truck.

Alabama Forest Owners Associaton Wrap Up

On April 21, I spoke at the Alabama Forest Owners Association (AFOA) annual meeting about Android and iOS apps that can be used in forestry for landowners, property managers, and foresters. Many of the apps can be found here on in the review or tips sections. I was pleased with the amount of people that were interested and the positive feedback I received. 

No southern hospitality for the emerald ash borer

State forestry agencies in the South are bracing for the potential arrival of the emerald ash borer. Agencies, like the Georgia Forestry Commission, are putting out traps to capture the beetles that attack ash trees. The beetles have been found as far south as Knoxville, TN. In Georgia alone, 800 traps are being placed on trees by the Forestry Commission, Georgia Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and Trees Atlanta.

Weekly App Wrap: GPSArea for Android

If you are a natural resource professional, you know that a GPS unit can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. I remember the first Trimble device I ever used was over $5000 and the software for my computer was almost $1000. Depending on your intended uses, the cost may be justified but it will take some time for that investment to pay for itself. Most landowners would never consider making that kind of purchase.

Weekly App Wrap: Evernote and GeoCam Free

Each week (usually on Friday), I plan to share information about one or two iOS or Android apps that may come in handy to those who read this blog. Whether you're a forester, landowner, outdoorsman, a lover of technology, or someone that just stumbles upon this blog, I hope that you will find the information useful and maybe find a new app that will benefit you. This week's app wrap features two apps: Evernote (multi-platform) and GeoCam (Android). 

Guest bloggers unite, send a clear message to the USGBC [Updated]

Are you ready for some acronym overload? This month, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has hosted several influential members of the forestry community as guest bloggers for its campaign to gain recognition from the U.S. Green Builders Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

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