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4-H’ers use GIS on iPhones to map trees at wildlife refuge

GIS on an iPhone

Iowa 4-H’ers are using geographic information systems (GIS) on iPhones to map a bur oak savannah in the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. They’re identifying the locations of bur oaks, hickories and other species so that next winter the refuge staff can do maintenance, removing dead, diseased or non-fire tolerant trees. The effort is funded by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

4-H Tech Team member David Runneals said, “What’s cool about this project is we actually get to use technology and we also get out in the field to get experience.”

This article appeared in June 2011 -- From Jerry Miller Newsletter