Shaler interviewed by Forest Landowner

Stephen Shaler, director of the School of Forest Resources, talked with Forest Landowner Magazine about the evolution of forestry education before, and as a result of the pandemic. “The maintenance of ‘dirt forestry’ skills (e.g. inventory skills, navigation, tree ID, etc.) in the curriculum is something that we have heard from stakeholders in the state for many years. We have worked to maintain those,” said Shaler. “However, with the recent explosion in data and technology (LiDAR, GPS layers, handheld devices), it is key that students have a solid foundation in GIS skills and data literacy. Excel is our friend.”