Foresters that have embraced digital technologies to transform the business of forestry share their experiences and lessons learned in this podcast.
Dr. Elizabeth Hunter - Treeswift
Dr. Elizabeth Hunter is the COO and Co-Founder of Treeswift, a company that has built a new data and monitoring system for the natural world by pushing the frontier in robotic and machine learning technology. Treeswift has designed high-resolution sensors which can operate underneath the forest canopy and replace traditional forest measurement tools, and when combined with drones and backpacks, can be used to cruise forests for carbon and timber.
Dr. Mark Corrao - Northwest Management Inc.
Dr. Mark Corrao is the Director of Technology at Northwest Management Inc., which is a leader in forestland and environmental management, providing expertise in forestry, technology, wildfire, water resources, wildlife, hazard management and planning. Dr. Corrao joins us from Idaho to share his journey in forestry and how it led to a Ph.D. in soil physics and environmental law, and the development of the company’s ForestView® technology. Currently, ForestView® Lidar and single-tree Digital Inventory® products cover over 4 million acres of commercial forestland within 17 States and one Canadian province.
Taylor Griffith - TRACT
Taylor Griffith, Founder of TRACT, joins us from Athens, Georgia, USA to talk about how he leveraged his background in financial technologies to develop an all-in-one forestry procurement, accounting, and logistics solution for the forest industry. By streamlining data and processes TRACT gives employees additional hours, days, and weeks every year to work smarter not harder, which means more productivity, efficiency, and value for a forest business. Come listen to Taylor talk about his journey in entrepreneurship and innovation in forestry, and vision for the forest industry.
Bruce Ripley - Manulife
Bruce Ripley, Project Manager with the Strategic Innovation group at Manulife (Hancock Forest Management), joins us from the Pacific Northwest in the USA to talk about his multi-decade career in forestry and forest technology. Come listen to what Bruce is doing at Manulife with airborne lidar to name one million individual trees and learn what Bruce will be up to in the fall to drive and accelerate innovation in the forestry community. Bruce reminds us that if you don’t have data, you can’t measure or quantify anything.
Dr. Elias Ayrey - Renoster
Dr. Elias Ayrey, Co-Founder and Head Scientist at Renoster, joins us from the Pacific Northwest in the US to talk about how Renoster uses remote sensing to determine carbon sequestration value for forest offset projects. Come listen to learn what Renoster has to do with rhinos and what deep transparency for carbon credit projects means to them.
Dr. Mark Norris-Rogers - RasterMatics International
Dr. Mark Norris-Rogers, Principal Consultant at RasterMatics International, joins us from outside of Cape Town in South Africa. Mark gives us an overview of commercial forestry in South Africa and shares his experiences from having worked in forestry over the last 30 years. Come listen to why Mark believes that the EO space is being driven by sensors, software and connectivity, and that the key to success is to not be afraid to ask for help and never stop learning.