Pictometry: Revolutionizing Field Based Measurements
Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:46
Drs. Daniel Unger, David Kulhavy, and I-Kuai Hung are three SFA faculty leading research in the field of urban forestry, using the latest technology to potentially revolutionize the way urban tree measurements are taken. Although estimating tree height on site is relatively straight forward, the ability to estimate tree height for multiple individual trees or stands of trees over remote and expansive areas can be time consuming
and expensive. Their research, currently being reviewed for publication by the Journal of Forestry, found that Pictometry®, an aerial image capture process that displays digital aerial imagery within a web-based interface, was effective at estimating tree height within seconds and proved more accurate than historical results obtained with a clinometer, laser range finder, or Lidar data. In addition, crown shape which can add difficulty in assessing tree height on site is not an issue in the Pictometry® web-based interface which allows for a visual assessment of the top of a tree crown within an open grown urban setting. Estimating height of open grown urban trees using the Pictometry® web-based interface could be used to supplement or replace time consuming field-based tree height estimation in the field of urban forestry.
(Kent, OH) The Davey Tree Expert Company is proud to announce the promotion of Jed Day to vice president and general manager in the residential and commercial service line, western operations. In Day's new role, he will be responsible for all sales and marketing activities for residential western operations.
Day holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University (BSF 1981) and is a graduate of Davey’s flagship month-long training program, the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences. He is a past board member of The Park People, Trees for Houston and the Houston Area Urban Forestry Council and Davey’s President’s Council. He is a current member of the Board of Advisors for Trees for Houston. With more than 32 years of experience at Davey, Day most recently served as vice president of western operations for residential services.
SFA's National Association of Environmental Professionals will host the conference on Texas water resources, scheduled for Saturday March 29th from 9:30 am - 2:45 pm. The presentations will be held in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry Conference Room at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Congratulations to Heather Shipley: Making a Difference
Friday, 14 February 2014 08:22
Heather Shipley, an ATCOFA Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF) student, was awarded the 2014 Soldier of the Year for her National Guard brigade.
Heather, a sophomore, competed against twenty-seven soldiers and airmen from across the state in the second annual joint-service competition at the Texas Army National Guard’s Training site at Camp Swift. The three-day long event consisted of various scored events and recognized the fittest and most professional Guardsmen within the Texas Military Forces. “The competition included a 6-mile road march, an obstacle course, the use of combat arms, a land navigation exercise, proficiency in various warrior tasks, writing an essay and appearing before a board that reviewed their personal appearance, military bearing and knowledge.” Specialist Heather Shipley, the only female competitor, placed 5th out of 27 participants at the regional competition.
ATCOFA is pleased to recognize Heather and all of our students for their current and past service in the military.
Several Study Abroad opportunities are being offered in 2014 by faculty of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. Sponsored by SFA’s Office of International Programs, the Study Abroad Program deadlines are fast approaching. Informational meetings to be held soon click Read more below.