GIS for Forestry Application


Effectively managing forest resources has become more important than ever, and geographic information systems (GIS) is an important tool in that effort. In this course designed for GIS practitioners and planners in the public and private sectors, you will learn how to utilize GIS in forestry planning, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Through lecture, hands-on work and a review of case studies, you will learn how to find and use forestry data, as well as take advantage of a variety of relevant ArcGIS Online features. You’ll then learn how to apply these skills and tools in support of common forestry-related projects, including: remote sensing for forest health and trend assessment, wildland fire risk analysis, and soils analysis for reforestation and erosion mitigation. You will also learn how to utilize GIS tools to assess the impacts of climate change and deforestation.

By the end of this course you will have a completed project that synthesizes the concepts you learned and demonstrates your ability apply this knowledge not only in forestry applications, but within a variety of ecosystems as well.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire and interpret data from a variety of sources
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ArcGIS Online’s basic and more advanced features
  • Employ a variety of data while running different geospatial applications in support of forestry projects

Skills You’ll Gain

  • ArcGIS
  • Google Earth
  • GPS-enabled, smartphone apps
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This is an online, remote learning course, which consists of 18 hours of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded lectures as well as at least one mandatory live Zoom session with the instructor(s). Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. This course is the same length as a standard 3 day, in-person course, please be sure to plan your schedule accordingly. 

This course is open May 13- May 17, 2024, with live sessions on Monday 5/13, Wednesday 5/15 and Friday 5/17 from 2:00-4:00 PM PST.

Refund Deadline: May 6, 2024.  Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date. 

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee a week before the course start date.  Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Refund Deadline: May 6, 2024.  Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date. 


Some GIS experience preferred. 

Technical Requirements

Students will be provided with a student license for ArcGIS Pro. Instructions with licensing and installation will be provided prior to the course start. Students will need to use their personal laptop with a minimum of 8GB of RAM and a dual core processor (64 bit) that can run Windows 11. Mac users will need Windows 11 installed either using Boot Camp or virtualization (VirtualBox, Parallels, etc.). For instructions see here:



Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.