A New Paradigm in Forest Planning

Do you want to work for a federal or state forest agency and be involved in long term forest planning? The US Forest Service manages 193 million acres and is required to inform internal and external stakeholders within this process. This class is for those that want to learn how GIS is implemented in large scale plans.



Don’t settle for training that’s driven by people who don’t run projects.

When you learn from a Bootcamp GIS expert you get:

Technical experience

Industry insights

Professional network


A New Paradigm in Forest Planning

Join this class to access 9 lessons that give you a template to National Forest level long-term plans.

Study the Law

(aka Understanding the Forest Planning Rule)

Construct an Assessment

(aka What goes on in a forest assessment)

Study the Ecology

(aka Things to take into account in the forest landscape)

Build a Webmap

(aka Use ArcGIS online as an easy map building platform)

Wheels in the Forest

(aka Build a transportation webmap)

Author a Storymap

(aka Put together the comprehensive story for your forest)

Build a Terrestrial Storymap

(aka Put the story together for your terrestrial forest impacts)

Build an Aquatic Storymap

(aka Put the story together for your aquatic impacts)

Present to the Community

(aka Community presentation of a forest plan storymap)

You also get access to these bonuses

Bonus 1:

A perspective on the organization of the USFS

value $79

Bonus 2:

A storymap template for National Forest

value $159

Bonus 3:

A web map template for transportation

value $199

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It's a flexible program. Pick just one course or complete any 6 to earn your GIS certificate.

Focus your learning where the best GIS jobs are.

A common GIS education path has been to pursue a Masters program in GIS. But it’s widely known in the industry that new geography grads are not getting enough exposure to cloud, mobile, and new geospatial programming environments.

So we assembled a world class team to teach you how to be the talent that the geospatial industry WILL HIRE. Compare the experience of our industry instructors and you’ll see why we top the list of best online GIS certificate programs.

Earn your GIS Certificate in 6 months with flexible choice of classes.

Take the GIS classes you want, when you want, at the price level you want.

• Knowledge builder- asynchronous learning

• Professional builder- live instructor access

• Certificate builder- college certificate in GIS

Video Demos

Narrated industry stories and software demos


Applied tasks using data and GIS software

Instructor Access

Instructor review and feedback on deliverables


Project sign off and college certification


What can you achieve with these new skills?

With these skills you will be equipped to contribute to any State or Federal forest plan. With these skills you will be equipped to contribute to any State or Federal forest plan.

Learn the USFS Planning Process

You will learn the execution of longterm Forest Planning.

Utilize central web maps

You will utilize web map templates for transportation, terrestrial, and aquatic forest plans.

Engage the community

You will build a storymap presentable at a community planning meeting.


About the Instructor


Bo Wilmer has 24 years of experience in the geospatial industry with a strong background in ecology. He has worked as a GIS Analyst for USGS and Resource Data, Inc., as a Senior Landscape Ecologist for The Wilderness Society, and currently as the Natural Resources Program Manager for Critigen, a transportation GIS consulting firm. Wilmer also designed and taught Alaska Pacific University’s first GIS curriculum.

  • Why my course is useful

    Anyone coming out of the biology and ecology fields that wants to contribute to forest planning will benefit from having these technical and planning skills that are not likely offered in an agency or college course.

  • Why I built it

    I have seen how the planning process has been fairly loose and non standard in its use of GIS tools across different forests. So I created this class to inform more people on how to use the best GIS science in support of planning.

  • What I hope for you

    I’d love to see more people with these skills get hired so that the planning process could take much less time than the current 10 year average. Forest plans extend beyond the federal level into the various states. Please bring these skills to any of these agencies nationally to be part of the modernization of forest planning.


A New Paradigm in Forest Planning

Who is this class for?

The GIS industry is projected to be worth $18B by 2023. Despite this massive growth in new applications, there hasn’t been a single place for all of us to quickly learn tried and true skills from successful Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Until Now! The people that purchase this course are:

  • College students and graduates looking to get fast track industry insights

  • Government professionals looking to retrain themselves and remain relevant

  • Corporate professionals looking to maintain a competitive advantage with relevant projects


Talk to us and we’ll figure out your best path into the industry by suggesting project managers, companies, networks, and a GIS job recruiter. It's simply the best GIS career advisement in the world.