Some random thoughts for now, just to get the discussion going...big picture, there are at least two audiences. ENTS/WNTS and American Forests. Short-term, it would be great to have a video going to American Forests this year that includes ENTS/WNTS tree measuring accuracy standards. I think that it's fine to have simple methods for lay folks to bring attention to candidates. This acknowledges that the tree loving public may not have access to accurate tree measuring equipment. But every state has a big tree list coordinator, and they have the equipment and technical skills to more accurately measure candidate trees. In my view, the candidates that go on to be considered at the state and national level need to be measured by the highest accuracy standards available.
With regard to ENTS/WNTS audience, I see the video as an ongoing project...for example, the triangle station method being developed by Michael Taylor and Mr. Bob would be a fine example of the kind of additions over time that could be added (as discrete modules) over time.
Man, I know zip about video editing, about how video images get imported into a digital environment (I envision that our video would be available in CD/DVD formats, online website hypertext formats, etc.). I think it would be great to provide it in as many formats as made sense, provide as much access as was possible.
In thinking about different levels of measuring skills, I don't know enough about the technical issues, but it would be great if part of what was seen on the video was 1) we measurers doing what we do, so that beginner folks get a sense of the physical process, 2) what we measurers see and look for, when we look through a clinometer, a laser rangefinder. Whether this is a an actual view in real time, or a 'screen dump' that we put in as a 'still' in the video, I don't know. Another variation on this is to take some of the 'math magic' out of the process of calculation...using a TI 35 or other entry level calculator that retains the Sine/Sine formula on the screen, and the capturing the keystrokes that lead to the height solution would really help the math challenged.
Well, it's getting late enough that I already may not be making sense, so I'll stop here. I would really be interested in everyone's comments, as this is a really great opportunity to have input into the AF tree measuring process!
Don Bertolette - President/Moderator, WNTS BBS
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