Woodland owners, forester and outdoor enthusiasts all benefit from knowing where they are in the woods, recording specific locations such as trails or notable features, and being able to save and integrate those with exiting geo-referenced data. A geographic capability can be helpful, but historically these skills were not accessible to most owners and foresters due to limits of a prolonged learning curve, high costs, or access to the technology/devices and proper training. New York’s Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is presenting a two part series on the use of accurate but low-cost devices and free (or really inexpensive) software. This series is intended for beginner users of GPS and GIS who are comfortable with the use of apps on a smart phone. Prior users of a GPS unit (those who can mark a waypoint or track) will benefit by learning how to integrate that data with easily accessible geo-referenced data (e.g., soils, historic maps).
Part II on November 17th will first focus on explaining the variety of GPS setups to collect field data that will be transferred and utilized in QGIS. QGIS is a free geographic information system that runs on your home based computer, laptop or tablet. The second objective is to guide users through the basic tools and data management to build and manipulate QGIS maps. This will give the attendees a basic understanding of how QGIS operates and the power of this free software. Presentation is by Nick Rowell, Warren County SWCD Natural Resource Specialist.
Note that webinars are live at noon and 7PM, for an hour each, but the meeting space is reserved from noon until 8PM. Your registration allows participation in either or both the noon and 7PM webinar, and from any computer.