MANHATTAN, Kan. — Thanks to a grant from the State and Private Forestry organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the Kansas Forest Service and Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, LLC have completed an update to a free smartphone application for Kansas and Great Plains woodland owners.
About My Woods was initially developed by the North East State Foresters Association in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, and was designed to increase landowners’ knowledge of their woodlands and related natural resources.
The update has added information pertinent to Kansas and the Great Plains. The smartphone app facilitates hands-on learning opportunities, such as tree, plant, and wildlife identification.
It includes a mapping feature that enables landowners to pinpoint their woodland location and access information about soils, land cover type, and watersheds. It also provides both satellite and topographic imagery.
In addition to maps, About My Woods will help the user find Kansas Forest Service district foresters, private forestry consultants and contractors, information on the Kansas Forestry Association, and other important natural resource organizations About My Woods is organized into five sections: Maps, What’s in my woods, Things to know, Who can help, About My Woods videos and Field notes.
What’s in my woods includes high-quality photos and information about trees, wildflowers, animals, and invasive species.