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How We Use Rangefinders in Forestry and Landscaping

Working in the forest industry can involve many different facets and each can present its own set of unique challenges. All forestry related jobs for e.g. environmental research to wood production can present their own set of unique challenges. They require accurate measurement, which requires least amount of work in the shortest period of time. Foresters, timber cruisers and mill operation managers can benefit from incorporating laser finders and software solutions into their daily routines.

The rangefinder which can be a combination of rangefinder and a clinometer are incredibly useful for ecologists and field biologists.

Foresters or Woodland surveyors commonly measure the height of trees. The data can provide important information on tree growth rates, habitat structure and timber volume. The Nikon 8397 laser rangefinder/ hypsometer is ideal for this purpose. It can make correct calculations of the vertical distance between any two points automatically. Hence  if put at the top of the tree and pointed at the base of the tree, it will generate tree height.

It can be used to measure the height of a bat roost entrance. Determining the location and height of roost entrances is a vital part of surveying the location of colonies along with preferred habitat characteristics. The height of the bat box or roost can also be measured.

The height and slope of an area such as a hill or mountain can also be measured. They are also useful for marine biologists and oceanographers for measuring changes in slope of beaches and dunes.

Laser Rangefinders are also useful for measuring distance between two points for e.g. from point A to point B,  that is the points have a line of sight but cannot be directly accessed.

It can also be used to measure small differences in height and inclination.

With the remote positioning of these laser Rangefinders, one can mitigate the effort to what is absolutely necessary. One does not need to wade through creeks or fight undergrowth just to get a usable field measurement. Accurate distances, heights, angles and spans of multiple remote trees or other environmental features can be measured three dimensionally while standing at one place.

The instrument is small and compact. It offers waterproof housing and provides higher accuracy measurement despite most environmental factors encountered in the field.

The laser rangefinder can be used for acquiring more data from more types of target whether for modelling trees or for harvesting them or for managing the ecosystem.

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