Students at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Amherst are utilizing Landscape as part of the curriculum at the College of Natural Sciences, School of Earth and Sustainability.
Paul Catanzaro, Extension Associate Professor & State Extension Forester of the Department of Environmental Conservation, teaches students how to use Landscape for land conservation projects.
“I teach Landscape because I want my students to leave UMASS with experience working on land conservation’s cutting edge tools,” Catanzaro says. “Landscape’s integrated project management and stewardship functionality is intuitive, efficient, and effective. Within an hour of training, the students were out in the field preparing high quality conservation easement monitoring reports.”
The Forest Ecology and Conservation concentration within the Natural Resource Conservation major at UMASS Amherst includes coursework on “Land Protection Tools and Techniques”.
Students that take Catanzaro’s course use the Landscape web and mobile apps to conduct monitoring visits. They learn how to edit map layers, collect data in the field, and how to process site visit data to generate reports.
“I had a great experience using it in the class and a couple of students noted it as one of their favorite parts of the class in their course evaluations,” Catanzaro explains. “It was a very positive experience all the way around and I look forward to using it in future semesters.”
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