Forest Industry Perspective – Land management and analytics by Gordon Whitmore

Our goal is to operationalize ILM and  work together to reduce our footprint, promote sustainability and remain profitable.

Today’s Discussion

  • Forest Resource Management
  • Multiple Use
  • Integrated Land Management
  • Opportunities

 Guiding Principles

  • Maintain Biological Diversity
  • Maintain Ecosystem Productivity
  • Protect Soil and Water
  • Consider Global Ecological Cycles
  • Multiple Benefits to Society
  • Accepting Society’s Responsibility for Sustainable Development


  • Cumulative effects
  • Different degrees of planning between industry sectors & between government departments
  • Clarification of public priorities for forest lands
  • Local forest companies continue to explore ILM opportunities with other land users.
  • Forestry, Data and Analytics
  • Large datasets
  • If you can see it, we likely measure it and store the data in our systems
  • Stratification used to overcome data storage and computing limitations
  • Stratification used to reduce computation load
  • Development of robust forest models
  • what-if analysis
  • Management plans


  • LiDAR
  • Hyperspectral imagery
  • Computer generated classification
  • Tree-level
  • Wet-Areas Mapping

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