A Technology-Rich History
Alpine LIS has been a pioneer in forest visualization since the late 90s. As complex issues in wildlife and wildfire came to the forefront, land managers across all sectors struggled to find their voice in the conversation. They turned to technology to improve management techniques, communicate with the public, and build trust as land stewards. Sadly, the economics of the late 2000s brought work on forest visualization to a halt throughout the industry.
Today, pressing issues in wildlife, fire, sustainability, climate, and carbon have once again brought long-term forest planning to mainstream public discussion. And these modernized tools are long overdue. Now more than ever, Alpine and the Visual Forester team are ready to 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 the forest industry’s 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
The start of Alpine’s revitalized interest in forest visualization. This round of experiments utilized cinema-style CGI techniques to create lifelike images of forest landscapes. However, these techniques were incredibly resource-intensive. We quickly realized a 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 Forestry Industry. We’ve proudly pioneered use cases and applications for forestry technology, iOS-based data collection, and intelligent automation. Now, we’re bringing the power of visual forestry to devices across the continent.
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.