A Technology-Rich History
Alpine LIS has been a pioneer in forest visualization since the late 90s. In that period, when complex issues in wildlife and wildfire came to the forefront of public interest, land managers across all sectors struggled to find a voice in the conversation. Land managers then turned to technology to improve management techniques, communicate with the public, and build trust as land stewards and there was a great boom in forest visualization technology. However, notable updates to that technology have not been seen in 15 years.
Today, pressing issues in wildlife, fire, sustainability, climate, and carbon have once again brought forest planning to mainstream public discussion–forestry is in the national news cycle year-round. Modernized tools to visualize and discuss complex forestry topics are long overdue. Now more than ever, Alpine and the Visual Forester team are ready to fill these needs and provide industry leading solutions for today’s land management challenges.
Sustained Yield Modeling
One early project was this visual demonstration of a proposed 100-year management plan. This forest visualization allowed people to see the landscape over time and understand foresters’ ability to perform long-term growth modelling and sustained yield planning.
Visual Forester in the Classroom
Visual Forester in the Classroom was an interactive application commissioned by the Forest Foundation. It was designed to teach students about the profession and practice of forest management. The software allowed a student to perform harvests and see growth modelling, while considering effects on economics, wildlife, and fire risk.
New Experiments with Cinema-Style CGI
Alpine’s revitalized interest in forest visualization started with experiments that utilized cinema-style CGI techniques to create lifelike custom images of forest landscapes. However, we quickly realized the huge increase in value by letting a user input their own data and walk through an immersive forest environment.
Visual Forester Stand Designer
Stand Designer is an application that is fully user-driven and focuses on the ground-level perspective. Stand Designer is the first purpose-built forest visualization application to be released in 15 years and we expect more new exciting tools to follow soon.
Alpine Land Information Services
Since 1989, Alpine Land Information Services has provided forest planning and information management services to the California forest industries. As long-time pioneers in the world of forest data, our goal has always been simple: to make tools easier and to make information more accessible. Along with field data collection and wide-ranging consulting services, our company has built user friendly software for GIS, inventory management, and long-term planning. Our goal then was to build software accessible to foresters with limited computer experience. Now, we want to make forest data accessible to anyone and everyone.
At Alpine, we’ve built our reputation on developing industry-changing solutions that meet modern challenges. Through Visual Forester’s development team, we provide tools that allow users to move beyond tables, graphs, and maps. We’re empowering people to understand forest data the way we were meant to: by peering curiously into the trees.