Workshop for Natural Resource Pros Will Give Intro to QGIS

MANSFIELD, Ohio — Learn the ABCs of using QGIS — in this case, to map tree cover, land use, water quality and similar data — in an Aug. 17 workshop in Mansfield.

QGIS is a free and open-source geographic information system, or GIS. It works on operating systems including Mac OS X, Linux, Unix and Microsoft Windows.

The workshop is for anyone who studies or works with natural resources, including forests, farmland, watersheds and wildlife, said Kathy Smith, coordinator of the event’s sponsor, the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program.

The stewards program is part of The Ohio State University and its College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Taught by Ohio State expert

The instructor for the workshop will be Alexis Londo, a lecturer in the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. She teaches spatial analysis and related topics and directs the school’s Applied Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing Outreach Program.

Topics on the agenda will include a brief introduction to GIS; free data sources for Ohio; integrating geographic positioning system, or GPS, technology with QGIS; “heads-up” digitizing; basic GIS functions in QGIS; and how to generate maps with QGIS.

The event goes from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in 209 Conard Hall on Ohio State’s Mansfield campus, 1760 University Drive. The campus is about 70 miles north of Columbus and 80 miles south of Cleveland.

Space limited

Registration is $45 and includes lunch and all materials. Space is limited. The deadline to register is Aug. 10. Participants can register online at

Participants will be eligible for credits under the Society of American Foresters’ continuing education program.

Call 614-688-3421 for more information.


Kurt Knebusch


Kathy Smith