Forest Metrix sprang from the woods of central Vermont. Donn Downey, a consulting forester and Tig Tillinghast, fifth in a line of forestry-related professionals, introduced comprehensive industry software into the modern generation of mobile computing hardware.
Each forester and arborist has a unique take on how things should be done, and the software needs to conform to those different perspectives. Over the years, the two programs developed to include many features that the markets demanded- some completely new.
Our products are now deployed with state agencies, some of the largest TIMOs and forest and arboriculture service companies, log buyers, and countless consulting foresters, arborists and ecological professionals.
We aren't getting any younger,
% of foresters and arborists are older than 40
But we own smart phones!
% of adults already own and use the necessary hardware
We Use Technology,
% of foresters and arborists use GPS and industry-specific software
AND want to save time.
% of us want to be more efficient
Real Expertise; Real Availability; Some Real Odd
With the Forest Metrix cameras trained on the loon nest and its environs, we get to see the foggy transformation from night to day and couldn’t resist processing the images into a timelapse. Note the lily pad flowers at the bottom of the screen opening up at the end.
In a lake near Forest Metrix’s offices, a pair of loons started nesting for the first time in a number of years. They didn’t pick a particularly good location, it seems, putting their eggs a couple inches above a mud bar formed at the mouth of a creek. Locals alerted the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, which[…]
Yesterday was day 31 of the Cooper’s hawks’ first hatching. A lot has happened in the past 7 days, since the last update. As I suspected, soon after the last update, they fledged. I was up in the tree when I believe it first happened, although it could be that this was just a reprise[…]
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The last image I have of the smallest chick is from Tuesday the 21rst a bit after 2 p.m. It wasn’t doing well, sleeping much, not appearing terribly successful in the food scrums, and suffering from some sort of wound on the back of the neck. For the previous week or so, it didn’t seem[…]
To see earlier posts on the Cooper’s hawk project, see these links: Update 1 Update 2 This third update recounts events starting on June 18, 2016. June 18: The larger of the young are just at that tween stage, where they are about to look more like hawks than hatchlings. It happens, very, very rapidly,[…]
June 12 I had been starting to despare that we’d only have three chicks this year. Which is a perfectly normal of chicks for a Cooper’s nest, if a bit on the low side. But more would make this year’s observations more analogous to last year’s data, when we saw five successfully fledge. Cooper’s often have[…]
The Forest Metrix staff came together over time in part because of shared interests that go beyond making professional software for foresters and arborists. Most of us are intense nature geeks; which means that we spend a lot of time out in the woods observing things, taking pictures, and even constructing data sets from which we can[…]
Here at Forest Metrix have a unique perspective on the roll-out of TRAQ. Our program is the only one we know of currently that has all of the TRAQ data fields integrated into an electronic system that manages TRAQ records and automates calculations. This means that as we customize the TRAQ system for each arborist, we[…]
Last year, we ran a poll of about 2,500 arborists and other tree care professionals to gauge how the industry was faring. A month ago, we ran the poll once more, this time against more than 4,000 pros. As in 2014, we discovered some interesting trends. What follows is an executive summary of our findings. The[…]