Registrations due Sept. 7 for GPS Workshop in St. Maries

Monday, August 27 2012

ST. MARIES -- A Global Positioning System or GPS receiver is becoming as common to work and play in forests as a compass. A University of Idaho Extension Forestry workship planned Sept. 14 at St. Maries focuses on helping users who feel they are only using a small portion of their GPS receiver's capabilities. 
The University of Idaho Extension “Using Your GPS” program will be held on Friday, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Federal Building Meeting Room  at 7th Street & College Avenue in St. Maries. Preregistration is due at the University of Idaho Extension Office in Benewah County by Friday, Sept. 7. A $20 registration fee covers resource materials and refreshments. The program is eligible for three Society of American Foresters CFE credits and four Idaho Pro-Logger credits.
The program will introduce participants to the science underlying GPS and the wide range of tasks that can be accomplished with GPS and their accompanying technologies, such as mapping programs, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and internet data sources.
Topics to be discussed indoors include: “Maps and Coordinate Systems”; “How do Global Positioning Systems Work”; “Entering Waypoints to a GPS”; “Forestry Applications for GPS”; “Shopping for a GPS Receiver”; and “The Future of GPS and Allied Technologies”.
In the last half of the program, participants will practice field exercises with a GPS receiver. Activities will include: assessing satellites and accuracy; setting and locating waypoints, marking trails; streams, etc.; and estimating acreages.
For registration questions, contact the University of Idaho Extension Office in Benewah County at 208-245-2422. For program questions, contact Ashley McFarland at (208) 292-1287. The program is co-sponsored by University of Idaho Extension, the Idaho Department of Lands, and the USDA Forest Service. Registration forms can also be downloaded at