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GIS Technology at RTI

Geographic Information System technology is being used in a variety of applications throughout the world. At RTI we are looking at ways to use GIS to help rural landowners by improving older forestry practices with newer, more efficient techniques. Here you will find some of the tools and applications that we are creating and using.

  • For some information on GIS and its relation to map making, visit our Desktop Mapping Information for Resource Managers page. The foundation for this page was based on Paul Pingrey's Digital Grove, and was used with his permission. Digital Grove is no longer online, but the information is now available out of New Brunswick, Canada at

Streaming Video!

ESRM 250
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
in Forest Resources

ESRM 250 introduces the technical use of geographic information systems (GIS) in natural resource management and earth sciences. The course is directed at giving students an understanding of, and experience with, the practical use of GIS software, hardware, and data. Lab exercises and course projects will use real-world datasets.

GIS layers


  • Pegger - a GIS based automated preliminary road design tool for quickly evaluating road location alternatives


The Preliminary Road Design Tool - Pegger

The Department of Natural Resources Small Forest Landowner Office

RTI worked with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Small Forest Landowner Office to develop a statewide Non-industrial private landowner database. The SFLO office has been required to generate reports for the Washington State LeGISlature detailing the status of non-industrial forest lands.

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