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IESA Partners with Georgia Forestry Commission

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IESA Partners with GFC on Statewide Tree Canopy Assessment in 2016

IESA is proud to receive a grant/contract bid from the Georgia Forestry Commission to complete a statewide tree canopy assessment. Under the direction of faculty Dr. Allison Bailey and Mr. Chris Strother, the project will begin in July 2016. Three IESA students have been selected to work on data analysis using Feature Analyst: Andrew Hilliard, Jonathan Stewart and Emily Hunt. Congratulations to all for receiving this award!

Project Overview

The student and faculty research team received funding to complete a statewide analysis of tree canopy in Georgia based on 2015 USGS aerial imagery.

Tree canopy refers to the amount of mature trees providing shade canopy to other growth or structures and is useful in explaining forest health, forest management, and the timber industry.

The initial analysis was completed using Feature Analyst and ArcMap and extended over three months of work for the student researchers. Data was ground checked by field foresters and GIS specialists employed by the Georgia Forestry Commission.

The information provided by this analysis will help the state of Georgia in managing forests and urban trees over the next year and will become the base data for a longitudinal study over the next decade or more.

Project Details


  • Andrew Hilliard
  • Jonathan Stewart
  • Emily Hunt


  • Dr. Allison Bailey
  • Dr. Chris Strother

Funded By

Georgia Forestry Commission

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