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Continuing Education at the Warnell School

Introduction to ArcGIS

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Room 4-419

Date: Jul 16, 2013 07:45 AM to Jul 17, 2013 12:30 AM

ArcGIS is the standard tool for management of GIS data in natural resource management organizations. Successful natural resource managers need the confidence to be able to communicate to others their GIS needs and to perform basic GIS processes.


Brochure with mail-in registration form


This one and a half day course:

  • Introduces the basic vector-based features of ArcGIS
  • Teaches techniques for addressing a number of basic natural resource management applications

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Perform many of the basic GIS tasks used by natural resource managers (query, edit, overlay, etc.)
  • Create management-related maps that effectively display critical information.

Who Should Attend?

Natural resource management professionals who have taken a basic GIS course or have some familiarity with GIS and have an interest in learning more about how to use GIS to support natural resource management.  Upper-level managers who would like to be able to conduct basic GIS analysis as well as field personnel who would like to use GIS tools to analyze field data should find the course useful.


The course follows a direct laboratory and case study format.  Most of the material will be presented in a step-by-step manner, so that the class can follow the directions provided by the instructor and simultaneously use them on individual computers in a computer lab.  The class emphasizes the use of ArcGIS.  Some handouts will be provided to summarize the material presented.


Pete Bettinger is a  professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.  He has more than 20 years of operating, teaching and research experience in forestry and natural resources, including roles with the U.S. Forest Service, several forest product companies, and Oregon State University.  Bettinger has taught several courses on forest measurements, forest planning, and harvest scheduling, as well as GIS applications in natural resources management.  In 2004, McGraw-Hill published his book Geographic Information Systems: Applications in Forestry and Natural Resources Management.  Bettinger earned BS and MS degrees from Virginia Tech, and a PhD from Oregon State University.


Notice must be received by 5:00 p.m. July 2, 2013 to receive a refund. Call Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566 if you need to cancel.

Parking and Directions

A visitor parking deck is located just north of the Georgia Center. Parking is $10.00 per day.

For a map and directions go to:

Continuing Education Credits

  • 12.0 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) hours - Category 1 (approved)
  • 12.0 Continuing Logger Education hours (CLE) - Environmental (approved)
  • 12.0 Optional GA Real Estate Agent/Appraiser credits (approved)

Course Instructor(s)

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If you have any questions please contact James T. Johnson at 706-308-6396 or

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