Service Forester’s Handbook App

first_imgProfessional foresters have long relied on the 135-page Service Forester’s Handbook for on-the-go access to the formulas, facts and figures they need. The pocket-sized weather-resistant field-guide helps foresters convert figures, calculate volumes and dozens of other key calculations. This spring UGA Extension and Southern Regional Forestry Extension have released the first electronic and interactive version of the field guide. “This handbook was originally developed by the U.S. Forest Service many years ago, and it was last updated in 1986,” said William Hubbard, Southern Regional Extension Forester with the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors (ASRED). “It is still in use, but it needed a review of current materials and a number of new and updated formulas … Everybody I’ve talked to in the forestry community has said this was a long time coming.” Driven by the need to revamp a staple publication in modern forestry, Hubbard worked with UGA Extension and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Information Technology to update and develop an interactive app for iPads and iPhones to compliment the paper guidebooks. In addition to the facts and figures that appear in the original paper guidebook, the app — developed by UGA CAES application programmer Benaiah S. M. Pitts — contains calculators to help foresters determine soil texture, site index, basal area of trees, tree stand density and other figures. “Some of the information in the handbook is given in charts, so foresters in the field can only give their clients estimates or ranges.” Pitts said. “Having calculators in the app will allow them to get exact numbers.” These calculators are available without access to the Internet, which was an important feature for foresters who often work in areas without reliable mobile service, Hubbard said. The handbook, which will be useful for foresters across the southern U.S., is available as a free download through the Apple iTunes store for both iPad and iPhones by searching for “forestry kit” or “Service Forester’s Handbook.” A version for Android phones and tablets should be ready for download later this year. Collaboration between UGA Extension and Southern Regional Extension Forestry earlier this year resulted in the creation of a consumer oriented mobile field guide, Native Plants of North Georgia. Based on a popular UGA Extension publication, the app — also produced by the UGA CAES information technology team — was the first to be created in house by UGA Extension. Both projects were funded by CAES and the U.S. Forest Service. Founded in 1979, Southern Regional Extension Forestry is a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service and southern land-grant universities. Extension foresters provide educational services to landowners and forest industry professionals in the southern U. S. For more information about the Southern Regional Extension Forestry office, visit www.sref.info. UGA Extension was founded in 1914 through the Smith-Lever Act, a federal law that established and funded a state-by-state national network of educators who bring university-based research and practical knowledge to the public. Today, Extension in Georgia is a cooperative effort by federal, state and local government partners administered by the University of Georgia and Ft. Valley State University. Throughout 2014, UGA Extension celebrates the centennial of the national Cooperative Extension System. For more information, visit extension.uga.edu.last_img read more


Marcellus softball tops Cazenovia, wins league title

first_imgJust before that, Marcellus beat Phoenix 9-0, Fraher pitching a one-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts. Yet it was 0-0 as until the sixth, when the Mustangs got a run before getting away with an eight-run outburst in the top of the seventh.  MacLachlan, Elaine Grattan and Ellie Mahoney each drove in two runs during that late surge.And after it beat Cazenovia, Marcellus topped Central Square 7-4, using four runs in the fourth inning to get away. Fraher singled, doubled, tripled and drove in three runs, with Mahoney getting two RBIs as Trytek, Webster and MacLachlan also drove in runs.An important victory was gained last Tuesday by West Genesee when, with a single outburst in the fourth inning, it took charge against Liverpool, eventually defeating the Warriors 9-6.It was 2-0 in Liverpool’s favor when, in the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcats batted around and produced nine runs against Warriors pitchers Cassie Wiggins and Sarah Miles.Kayla Hoovler’s bases-clearing triple was one key blow, with Sophia VanHorn’s double also bringing home three runs as Abbey VanHorn had a two-run double and Emma Garvey also drove in a run.Jessica Simon and Maddy Tibbetts scored twice in that inning, and though Hoovler would surrender some late runs, she was able to pitch the rest of the way to preserve the win.As a follow-up on Wednesday, WG lost, 12-7, to Fayetteville-Manlius, who scored in every single inning to overcome the Wildcats’ early 5-4 advantage. Sophia VanHorn had two RBIs, but the Hornets, Sophie Woodridge got a home run, double and six RBIs.Solvay pulled out a 2-1 decision over Altmar-Parish-Williamstown last Tuesday afternoon, with fine pitching from Izzy Lambert as she blanked the Rebels over the first six innings, allowing just four hits and five walks.Sidney Chaffee’s third-inning RBI had the Bearcats up front 1-0, but APW tied it in the top of the seventh, leaving Chaffee to bring home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Ryleigh Bidwell and Jordan Bamba scored the runs.Skaneateles lost a tough 6-5, nine-inning decision to Chittenango on Tuesday when Sydney Pellman hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth.The Lakers had erased a 4-1 deficit with two runs in the fifth and sixth innings, only to have the Bears tie it in the seventh. Lexi Cottrill led Skaneateles with three hits and two RBIs as Laci Galdis and Hannah Blowers also drove in runs.In Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to Mexico, the Lakers only managed single runs in the fifth and seventh innings, driven in by Cottrill and Carlee Pitman with doubles. Kendall Cuyer had two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers.Bishop Ludden had a doubleheader last Monday against Port Byron last Monday, taking a pair of defeats to the Panthers 4-1 and 17-4.A 16-3 defeat to Weedsport followed a day later, and then Ludden faced Westhill on Wednesday, the Warriors claiming this neighborhood duel by a 7-4 margin.Twice, the Gaelic Knights rallied, from 3-0 and 4-3 deficits, but a run in the fifth and two runs in the sixth got Westhill ahead for good. Ariel Cassidy and Rylee Barcza each had three hits, with Jaida Welch earning two RBIs. Amarah Streiff drove in three of Ludden’s four runs. A league championship was at stake last Tuesday afternoon as the Marcellus softball team took on Cazenovia, first place in the OHSL Liberty National division at stake.And it was all Mustangs as the combination of freshman Aubrey Fraher’s pitching prowess and timely hits at the plate produced a 4-0 victory over the Lakers.Marcellus entered the game no. 13 in the state Class B rankings with a 14-3 overall record, nine spots ahead of Cazenovia, who at 13-1 had taken its lone defeat of the season to CBA the week before. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: MarcellusskaneatelesSoftballWest GeneseeWesthill They were scoreless until the third inning, when the Mustangs got to Lakers starter Samantha Morgan for two runs. And it stayed that way until the top of the seventh, when Marcellus doubled that margin.Evelyn Webster was the catalyst, notching three of her team’s 10 hits and earning an RBI. Caroline Trytek had two hits and scored twice, with Shannon Kellar and Katie MacLachlan scoring the other runs.Yet even a single run was all that Fraher needed. Without surrendering a walk, Fraher limited Cazenovia to four hits, striking out six for her second shutout in as many days..last_img read more