There’s An App For That! Even For Forest Landowners

Andrew Smith
Sr. Assistant Director
VFBF Governmental Relations
Yeah, I know. How many times have you heard “there’s an app for that”? Smartphones are here to stay and are only getting more powerful, and, I must admit, even useful. It took me a while to give up my “flip phone,” and will even admit I still have a “bag phone” lying around at home somewhere. I just wanted a mobile phone I could talk on, but have quickly realized how smart phones can help make my work day and home operation less stressful and be able to stay on top of things.

Obviously email and searching the internet is handy, but there are a growing number of applications, or “apps,” that focus on the needs of landowners that I am finding useful. And many of these are free.

The good folks with Virginia  Forest Landowner Education Program (VFLEP), like Jennifer Gagnon, have developed a list of these apps, and I encourage you to take a look and give ones you think would be useful a try. The list include categories of Mapping, Data Collection, Soils and Water, Invasive Species, Field Guides, and Field Tools. Certainly there are a host of others that are useful in running your farm, but I wanted to share with you some to help manage your forestland. After reviewing the list, check out and see what’s available through on your app store.

Check out the list on the VFLEP here on their Mobile Apps page.

Jennifer Gagnon has also made available her presentation at the 2013 Virginia Forestry Summit on apps, you can find that here.

I hope you will take the time to check this resource page out, and while you are there, look into all the other great programs and information the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program make available to the landowners of Virginia.

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