Precision management tools can be utilized not only for forest management, but also during processing of lumber and logs. Researchers are using geo-referenced and image-assisted biometric evaluation for precision tree growth and yield monitoring. Research on log and lumber processing is also taking place.
The overall goal of this project is to quantify the change in the growth rate of a tree, and to link it to the previous stand management practices, site index, soil type, local weather patterns, climate change and other known factors, in real time and place.
- Develop appropriate image acquisition hardware and pilot-test it on the TigerCat™ log bucking equipment.
- Develop software for image analysis and biometric data collection.
- Relate tree biometric information to geo location of origin.