Does your home or office computer work for you? Exciting (and free) technology solutions can help you improve your efficiency and productivity through increased collaboration and knowledge sharing. Even though the forest industry often trails others in technology adoption, there are an amazing number of tools and opportunities available that have direct benefits to this industry. These tools are often free of charge and can help create new opportunities to grow your business and income potential.West Virginia University’s Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC), has developed a one-day workshop to help you discover new technology tools that can benefit you immediately. The workshop will focus primarily on “cloud” application suites, mapping and GIS sites, and some other hints, tips, and activities. It will also include a project that the participants will work on to use integrate some of these tools in a real-life example.
The AHC is a jointly supported center of the WVU Extension Service and the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences, that works in the areas of forestry outreach, extension and technology transfer, professional development, and applied research. The workshop will provide useful material for loggers, foresters, landowners, and primary and secondary processing professionals and organizations. This is an introductory workshop that will be appropriate for anyone with the computer skills to send an email or browse the internet.
The workshop will run between 9:00 and 2:00 on Thursday May 28, 2009. The meeting location will be in Morgantown, WV on the WVU campus. This is the Thursday before Sawlex, the Sawmill and Logging Expo at Mylan Park, also in Morgantown. Registration is $10 and will include a provided lunch. Society of American Foresters Continuing Forestry Education Credits will be available for this class.
Registration forms and additional information are available from the event’s organizer, Ben Spong, Forest Operations Extension Specialist, and on the AHC’s Web site. The registration deadline for this workshop is Friday, May 22.
For more information about this Technology for the Forest Industry Workshop, contact Ben Spong by phone (304-293-9425) or by e-mail.