Tools

The CRSF strives to research and develop data tools useful to our stakeholders.

Northeast Forest Information Source (NEFIS)

Screenshot of NEFIS webpageThe mission of NEFIS is to rapidly communicate relevant information to forest managers and researchers that contributes to the sustainable management of forests in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. A variety of forest-related topics are covered by submissions to the site, including but not limited to Forest Ecology, Forest Policy/Economics, Forest Recreation, Human Dimensions, Forest Pests, Silviculture, Climate Concerns, Aquatic and Wildlife, and Exotic Species. The documents associated with the site are fully searchable. The NEFIS Forum provides a unique opportunity to interact with forest managers on topical issues in the industry.

Helping People Better Understand Maine’s Forest Resources

Screenshot of Maine Forest Spatial Tool websiteThe Maine Forest Spatial Tool was developed by CRSF researchers to provide an online tool for quick and easy viewing of a wide variety of spatial data about Maine’s forests. The goal of this tool is to help Maine people better understand forest resources and relationships for areas of their choice, including individual woodlots, large ownerships, townships, regions, or the entire state. The dashboard provides an aggregate view of spatial data pertaining to forest resources in Maine. Users can view multiple maps simultaneously, maps are automatically synced to allow users to zoom and pan multiple maps with ease, and legends and layer information describing the spatial data are provided.

Customized Data Queries About Maine’s Forests

screen shot of Maine Forest DashboardThe Maine Woods Dashboard is a collaborative effort to gather and display diverse information about Maine’s forests in a way that helps residents, visitors, businesses, scientists, and policymakers better understand current conditions and historic trends. The forest-related information found on the site is subdivided into four categories that describe the uses and values of Maine’s Forests: Recreation & Tourism, Conservation Lands, Forest Products, and Family Forests.

 

Maine Landscapes from Above

Aerial photo of Penobscot River

The Maine Landscapes from Above online exhibit contains more than 300 oblique aerial images representing the diverse land use patterns from three major forested regions in Maine: the Lower Androscoggin and Casco Bay watershed, the Lower Penobscot River watershed, and Downeast Maine. We teamed up with photographer Pam Wells and pilot and former CRSF Director Bruce Wiersma to create the image-scapes. From vast, undeveloped forests, to urban cores, Maine has it all.