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Nature + Technology = Fact Finding and Fun!

As our Stewardship Manager, I enjoy regular visits to our magnificent properties for a variety of reasons—checking that roads are clear for an upcoming tour, overseeing the demolition of a structure, investigating any issues with trespassers, checking for invasive species, and much more. Often while out hiking around on our properties, I discover interesting things—maybe a plant I’ve never seen before, a tiger salamander, some debris that needs to be removed, or a big redwood tree. When I come across these things, I take a photo, pull out my GPS unit and mark it!

Technology can be a useful tool in protecting our forests.
Technology can be a useful tool in protecting our forests.

Then, when I get back to the office, I’m able to use a software program called GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to display a map of the property and the location of what I found. Monitoring a property and marking the location of things I find is a really important part of stewardship. It’s so helpful for finding that same spot again and monitoring any changes over time. It’s also really exciting to be able to show other people back in the office what I found and where.

When it comes to finding redwoods, you can participate, too! We have a neat App for smart phones called “Redwood Watch” which you can download for free. It lets you “Add an Observation” or “Find Redwoods,” so basically when you’re out in a redwood forest and you see a big tree that may be unknown, you can mark it with this app and you’re then contributing to a database of identified redwood trees in California. You can also find redwoods with this app.

Being in nature is always a great opportunity to get away from the busyness of daily life. But sometimes, using a little technology while in the field can lead to some exciting discoveries, like locating a big, beautiful redwood tree!

Take a tutorial and learn more about the app by clicking here: http://rcci.savetheredwoods.org/action/rwTutorial.shtml

You can download the App from your App Store on your smart phone by searching: redwoodwatch.


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About Jessica Neff

Jessica joined the in 2011 as the Land Project and Stewardship Manager. She has worked in land conservation since 2005 in land project and stewardship management.



Aspens in Utah. Photo by Fool-On-The-Hill, Flickr Creative Commons

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