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Website Redesign and Ongoing Support for Great Lakes Silviculture Library

Great Lakes Silviculture Library Hero

About the Company

The Silviculture Library was created in 2015 by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership.

The library was conceived with the idea that every silviculture treatment is an experiment, every forest manager both a teacher and a learner. But too often we fail to share the experience that we gain from our day-to-day work, limiting the value of what we have learned. The library is designed to serve as one piece of the institutional memory of the Great Lakes forestry community. We welcome case study submissions from anybody with direct experience managing forest land in the Great Lakes region, and we hope that you will review the cases already published, reach out to their authors, and add to the small but growing body of forestry knowledge contained so far.


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Project Description

This site is designed to help forest managers from Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario, and Wisconsin exchange silviculture prescriptions, including the outcomes of actual on-the-ground management activities.

O8 developers and designers built an online repository for silviculture prescriptions for foresters across the three-state region to share best practices with one another for the management of forest resources.

The platform allows foresters from across a three-state region to upload case studies that highlight best practices for maintaining healthy forests. The input form for case studies provides a consistent set of field data across all case studies. In addition, this consistency enables advanced filtering of case studies to quickly find prescriptions that match needs for visiting foresters.

The silviculture community still largely relies on printed documents, so we created a complex PDF generation engine that allows foresters to expand and collapse areas of information in a final printed document.