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Tablet technology in the woods

Hydrologist Lindsey Goss in the field using mini tablet technology. Forest Service photo.

MICHIGAN — Hiawatha National Forest’s Soil and Water Program has been innovatively using cellular/wifi-capable mini tablets for field data collection needs across the Forest. This new use of technology has greatly simplified field monitoring and the resulting data management. Use of GPS to geo-reference photos to documents and maps has revolutionized mapping, and on the ground GPS and other mapping technologies have greatly enhanced efficiencies in locating the best possible temporary access routes for timber activities. Putting technology to work in the field makes us more efficient and effective!