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RTI Sponsored Training

The Rural Technology Initiative (RTI) is a technology transfer program created as a partnership between the University of Washington, Washington State University, and the USDA Forest Service to provide rural forest managers with the best scientific knowledge and tools needed to solve today’s complex forest management problems. RTI hosts training sessions for non-industrial forest landowners, public and private forestry professionals, educators and other interested publics.


Due to a funding short fall for the RTI training program, tech transfer short courses will be cancelled through 2009. The exception will be for cases where supplemental funding support can be identified.

Fundamental Training and Applications of the LMS Workshop

LMS growth model visuals

About LMS

The Landscape Management System (LMS) is a powerful forestry software program developed at the University of Washington in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service under the direction of Dr. Chad Oliver. LMS is a Microsoft Windows application that utilizes growth models, visualization software, and analysis programs to provide forest land managers with a tool for evaluating forest management alternatives over time at the stands and the landscape level. RTI hosts LMS introductory training sessions for Washington forestry consultants, tribal foresters and non-industrial forest landowners at changing locations across the state. Participants will receive 24 Category 1 Society of American Foresters CFE credits. The College of Forest Resources Silviculture Laboratory website offers a free download of LMS.

The next LMS workshop will be scheduled
as soon as funding allows!

Introduction to ArcGIS 9 and the Use of GIS

About GIS

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) are specialized computer systems made for the storage, analysis, and display of spatially-referenced information. GIS is rapidly becoming a fundamental component of modern, knowledge- and information-based forest management. ArcGIS® is one of the world’s most highly used GIS software packages. Developed by ESRI, it employs an easy to use point and click interface running on a variety of different computers (PC, Mac, UNIX). Luke Rogers, instructor for this course, is a GIS Specialist for the Rural Technology Initaitive and an ESRI-authorized ArcGIS instructor with a decade of GIS experience in education, research, and industry. Upon completion of the course, students are eligible to receive 18 Category 1 Society of American Foresters CFE credits and the ESRI “Introduction to ArcGIS” certificate of course completion.

The next GIS workshop will be scheduled
as soon as funding allows!

The Global Positioning System (GPS) Training

GPS Satalite

About GPS

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a utility used for a variety of purposes in forest and natural resource management. GPS is an important tool for capturing and generating data for a GIS (Geographic Information System). Features such as roads, streams, wetlands, stand boundaries, sampling plots, and bird nests can be mapped easily and with high accuracy and precision. GPS is also used for real-time navigation within the forest to relocate sampling and inventory plots.

This workshop will introduce the GPS technology; its theory (how and why it works), and its use (how to make it work for you). Students will gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment in a real working forest setting. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to plan and execute GPS data-gathering missions and to convert GPS data to common GIS formats. Students will receive 14.5 Category 1 Society of American Foresters CFE credits.

The next GPS workshop will be scheduled
as soon as funding allows!

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