Field Notes

ecoReata in The Forestry Source

I am very pleased to share that The Complexity of a Simple Map is featured in the GIS for Foresters section of the January 2015 Society of American Foresters trade publication, The Forestry Source. Please check it out on page 13 by clicking here or the image above. Citation: Hale, D. Stuart (2015). The Complexity of […]

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The Complexity of a Simple Map

A good map is a beautiful thing. It presents complex data and ideas in informative and commutative ways. If done well, the user of a map should be able to gain insight where data alone may not have provided it. Hence, the power of representative and artistic graphic expression. Frequently lost however in a simple […]

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Ecosystem services and Public media

Recently Melody Kramer, a Digital Strategist and Editor at NPR, has been sharing her thoughts on Twitter and the NPR Social Media Desk Tumblr of making public media a more open and inclusive space. She is frequently drawing on the analogies of other public spaces such as parks and libraries. This got me considering the comparison […]

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Resources for Ecosystem Services and Markets in Tennessee

Finding relevant data on ecosystem services and markets can be challenging. In some cases, there is too much and it’s esoteric; and in others, the information is scant. Below, is a list of resources, mostly specific to Tennessee but often applicable to all of Appalachia. Hopefully you will find it helpful, and please share any […]

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Pricing of Watershed Services for Compensatory Mitigation

In a previous post background, options, and general pricing of mitigation areas for watershed services was examined for forest landowners. However, the pricing issue is a tough one, with little basis and being dependent on site-specific variables and markets. Therefore, it deserves a closer look. Here are some potential pricing scenarios and valuations for landowners […]

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A Forest Carbon Inventory via Twitter

The role of a forester is frequently misunderstood. They spend much of their time alone in the woods, and therefore do not communicate the importance and value of the services they perform or the natural resources they manage. However as many of these resources such as clear air, water, and biodiversity become increasingly important, it […]

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Tennessee Crime Data and Map

A recent article at Addicting Info pointed out that according to FBI released data Tennessee had the highest per capita violent crime rate of any state in 2012. Being a native Volunteer, I was not only shocked to learn this but also skeptical. In a previous post, I pulled the data from the FBI and […]

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At-Risk Species and Conservation Efforts of the Endangered Species Act

Humans and their demands and influences on ecosystems have frequently been contributed to putting species at risk. The Endangered Species Act was created to mitigate and protect against future extinctions. One resulting tool has been ecosystem market-based Conservation Banks. This story-map explores the US listed species and Conservation Banks as they currently exist.

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Cades Cove Sunrise

Tennessee and Violent Crime

I recently came across this article at Addicting Info pointing out that my beloved Tennessee had the most reported violent crime of any according to the FBI in 2012. I was shocked considering I generally think of Tennessee to be a peaceful place, especially compared to others that make it in the news frequently. Being […]

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Compensatory Mitigation and Forest Landowners

Due to recent revisions of the Clean Water Act (CWA), demand in some areas are high for compensatory mitigation sites, which could offer real benefits for forest landowners. These policy changes by the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) require mitigation sites have long-term protection, are within the same watershed as the disturbance, and generally […]

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Mountain stream

Introduction to Ecosystem Services

The concept of human welfare depending on environmental health has long been apparent in human thought and existence. From the earliest examples of humans being totally reliant on their resources at hand for survival to more recent and nuanced benefits and services such as clean air and water, the importance of these products has been […]

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Engineer Mt CO

American Alpine Club

I recently had the good fortune of being featured as one of the members in the American Alpine Club’s (AAC) Guidebook to Membership 2013. I have been a member of the AAC since the late nineties and was happy to support the club. This came about as I was telling one of my favorite stories […]

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Hurricane Fork AML

Abandoned Mine Lands in Virginia

Virginia’s long history of coal mining has left a significant legacy of abandoned mine lands (AMLs). The result is a substantial amount of environmental pollution, in the form of toxic sedimentation, accessing Virginia’s waterways damaging the health of residents and ecosystems. State policy towards AMLs, and their timely remediation, must be evaluated to find an […]

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