Nov. 15, 2012 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Can’t see the forest for the
trees? Now you can at www.texasforestinfo.com.
Texas A&M Forest Service on Wednesday unveiled a new
web portal designed to showcase the benefits that trees and forests provide to
the Lone Star State and drive economic development in the timber and wood
The Texas Forest Information Portal — accessible online
at www.texasforestinfo.com — lets
users identify where different trees and forests are located across the state
and see the environmental benefits they provide.
Geared for landowners, natural resource managers, local
community groups, educators and investors, the interactive website allows
users to explore maps, query data and
generate summary statistics and printable reports.
“Texas forests provide significant economic and ecological
benefits to the people of Texas,” said Tom Boggus, director and state forester
of Texas A&M Forest Service. “This innovative tool will help inform and
educate Texans about our valuable forest resources and help ensure they are
available to enjoy now and in the future.”
The portal serves as a clearinghouse for readily-available,
easily-accessible information about trees and forests in Texas. Currently, the site
offers three applications: Timber Supply
Analysis, Forest Distribution and Forest Values, all of which can be
customized by geographic area using data derived by the Forest Inventory and
Analysis Program, as well as other resources.
Analysis estimates the timberland area, as well as timber volume, growth
and removals. Forest Distribution features
tree distribution and biomass. Forest
Values estimates the economic value attached to certain environmental
benefits that forests and trees provide.
Additional applications under development include those
related to economic impact, which will summarize estimated economic impacts of
the forest sector in Texas, and forest products, which will provide a searchable
database of forest products industries.
Future applications still in the planning stages include those
featuring urban tree canopy and Texas Tree Trails, both of which will be geared
to people seeking information about trees in urban and residential areas.
The portal was developed by the Texas A&M Forest
Service Sustainable Forestry Department.
Texas Forest Information Portal: www.texasforestinfo.com
Forest Service Contacts:
Brad Barber, GIS Program Manager
Holly Huffman, Communications Specialist