American Surveyor magazine featured a cover story this month about a hunter, Michael Taylor. Not a hunter of wildlife, but a tree hunter. Similar to wildlife, trees have footprints that are clues to their total existence. Taylor, a member of the Native Tree Society, documents these tree footprints using Laser Technology Inc.'s Impulse 200 LR rangefinder along with an Archer Field PC® from Juniper Systems equipped with MapSmart Field Mapping Software .
To map the footprint of a tree, Taylor takes measurements from several places around the tree where the trunk and the ground meet with the Impulse 200 LR. "I have not found a better set of tools for the job," said Taylor.
From the staggering size of a Ponderosa pine to the small oak tree the system accurately maps tree footprints. Taylor further evaluates these tools mentioned above and his tree hunting quests in his upcoming book: Dendromorphomety -the Art and Science of Measuring Trees in the Field.
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Read the article in the American Surveyor magazine.