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Introduction to ArcGIS 9 for
Natural Resource Professionals

February 8 & 9, 2007
McKimmon Center
NC State University
Raleigh, NC

NC State University
Forestry & Environmental Outreach Program,
Department of Forestry &
Environmental Resources,
Center for Earth Observation

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About the Workshop

In the past decade Geographic Information System (GIS) technology has become fully integrated into all aspects of natural resources management. Knowing how to properly use this technology can greatly speed up the processes of mapping and inventorying. This workshop covers everything from start to finish. Attendees will learn how to integrate field data into ArcView GIS software resulting in a variety of useful outputs. The workshop is tailored to the practical applications that are most valuable to natural resources professionals.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is essential for any forest manager or natural resource professional involved in forest inventorying and mapping. Whether you are a beginner or know the basics of this technology, this workshop will increase your speed and accuracy, teach you to incorporate it into your work, and bring you up to date on current technology trends. Please note that the workshop can only accommodate 24 participants.

Our NC State Instructors

Dr. Stacy Nelson is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and the Center for Earth Observation. His research centers around the use of remote sensing and GIS technologies to address both regional and local-scale questions of land use/cover change and the impacts on aquatic systems.
Mr. Bill Slocumb is a Research Associate with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, and the Center for Earth Observation. His research is on geographic information systems, global positioning systems, and remote sensing. He has developed and instructed GIS training for the National Park Service, NC Division of Forest Resources, and has assisted with the development and teaching of graduate level courses on spatial information systems.


The workshop will offer up to 15 Category 1 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits from the Society of American Foresters. In addition, the workshop is being reviewed for continuing education units relating to landscape architecture and land appraisal. Please notify us if you feel there are additional professional continuing education credits applicable.

Workshop Location and Lodging

The workshops will be at the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education located on the NC State University campus, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606 Raleigh, NC. Click here to visit the McKimmon Center web page with driving directions and a map.

Lodging is not included in the registration fee. There are many good hotel and motel options near the NC State Campus. To visit our Lodging List web page, click here.

Topical Agenda for this Workshop

Day 1 - Thursday, February 8 - 8:30am-5:00pm

Introduction to GIS and the ArcGIS System:
Section Objectives: At the conclusion of this section the user will: understand the basics of Geographic Information Systems, understand the basic capabilities and limitations of ArcGIS, understand the database structure of ArcGIS, and be able to navigate the ArcGIS user interface.

Displaying and Manipulating Spatial Displays in ArcGIS:
Section Objectives: At the conclusion of this section the user will: become familiar with displaying, manipulating and printing spatial data in ArcGIS.

Lunch on your own

Making a Thematic Map:
Section Objectives: At the conclusion of this section the user will: be able to create basic thematic maps by combining spatial displays and various map elements in a Map Layout.

Manipulating Tabular Displays in ArcGIS:
Section Objectives: At the conclusion of this section the user will: become familiar with displaying, manipulating and printing tabular data in ArcGIS.

Day 2 - Friday, February 9 - 9:00am-4:00pm

Integrating Image Data & Heads-Up Digitizing:
Section Objectives: At the conclusion of this section the user will: be able to display geo-referenced images, and use them to create new spatial features using the “heads-up” digitizing technique.

Creating a Mapping Project in ArcGIS:
Section Objectives: At the conclusion of this section the user will: be able to create an ArcGIS Project from spatial data and conduct basic spatial analysis and thematic mapping using ArcGIS.

Lunch on your own

Assignment - Creating a project in ArcGIS

Question and Answer session and workshop evaluation.

Registration and Fees
Sorry, but this workshop is now full (January 30, 2007).
The registration fee for the workshop is $495 and includes course handouts and computer lab privileges. The deadline to register for the workshop is February 1, 2007. Cancellations received by the FEOP office on or before January 31 are eligible for a refund of $450. Cancellations after January 31 will not receive a refund. Sending a substitute participant is recommended in this situation.

Technology Focused Continuing Education

The Forestry and Environmental Outreach Program (FEOP) will offer two additional workshops in 2007 focusing on the use of advanced technology in natural resources and forest land management:

February 14, 2007 - Managing with Technology: The Landscape Management System, a teleconference featuring Dr. Jim McCarter of the University of Washington.

April 19-20, 2007 - Intermediate to Advanced Concepts in GIS for Natural Resource Professionals.

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