The dream that is OS Forestry

Open Source Forestry, or OS Forestry for short, is an idea. An idea that the field forestry should be as open and free as the forest itself; freely sharing knowledge, tools, and ideas to the benefit of all involved in forestry. OS Forestry is in its infancy, but together we can make it a reality.

Join a community

Get involved as much or as little as you are comfortable. You can share code that you have written, instruments that you have built, or write tutorials and blog posts. If you have a interest in a particular subject or have expertise in a specific field start discussions, share your experiences. If you have any interest all, click here to fill out a questionnaire which will help gauge community interest.

Future Sections

Learn: A place to find material relating forestry. How to identify a tree, plant a sapling, calculate the volume of a tree, conduct a forest inventory. Topics could include: general plant anatomy, tree physiology, biometry, statistics, silviculture, fire, GIS, remote sensing, water resources, policy, forest products, economics, wildlife and more.

Data: Links to sites with useful data as well as a user repository to share your own data.

Software/Tools: Scripts, programs, and tools written by the community. Why duplicate efforts, share your work and save yourself and others time. Get feedback on your work and build a user base.

Tutorials: How do I do this? Easy to follow examples to help teach you a new skill.

Blog: Talk about your experience in the field of forestry, discuss a topic, or write something that does not quite fit in any other category.

Forum: Ask questions about something you always wanted to know more about. Get help with a problem you can’t seem to find the answer to. Provide answers as an expert or peer who as encountered a similar problem.

Jobs: A place to find forestry job posts aggregated from around the web. Are you an employer? Directly submit your position to find the perfect candidate.


If have questions or have an interest in OS Forestry, check out the join page here. Or contact admins directly at