eXtension Geo-Citizens Design Forest Farms

eXtension Geo-Citizens Design Forest Farms

Member Institution:
Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA, USA

Key Experts:

John MunsellJohn Munsell

Role: Project Leader


Mobile app
Citizen Science
Geospatial Technology

This project accelerates Cooperative Extension citizen science 2.0 by bringing programmers, geospatial experts, land management specialists, and citizen scientists together in a customizable, collaborative, and convivial virtual workspace to create a precision agriculture computer application. The project enhances flipped and interactive Cooperative Extension remote training methods over broad geographical regions through a novel synthesis of videography and problem-solving scenarios. The project strengthens Cooperative Extension inclusivity with a multi-institution, multi-state physiographic data collection and aggregation partnership. The project also demonstrates lasting NEW eXtension partnerships where computer simulation supports land use precision and citizens support computer simulation.

Project Updates:

  • After the first field test, the team traveled to West Virginia University to discuss their work related to forest ecology and growth characteristics of wild ginseng populations. The team gained valuable insights into key environmental considerations for the PlantShoe citizen science forest inventory protocol.
  • Most recently, partners took to the road again for two Forest Botanical workshops in Front Royal and Abingdon, Virginia to exchange information across the supply chain and establish grower-industry connections that could lead to contractual trade relationships.

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