Hessen, Germany 4 Sep 2014 – One of Europe’s most influential forest services, the Hessen-Forst Enterprise in Hessen, Germany, recently purchased 580 of Juniper Systems’ Mesa® Geo Rugged Notepads to manage the nearly 1.7 million acres of forests in Hessen. Hessen forests are unique in that they are managed in a way that makes them completely sustainable.
The Hessen-Forst Enterprise keeps their forests sustainable by only cutting down timber equal to the amount of growth the previous year. They relate their management of Hessen forests to a bank account, where they only withdraw the accrued interest every year, while never touching the initial capital. This requires knowing exactly which trees were cut down last, and which trees are up to be cut down next. They must also track the forests’ annual growth, in order to know how much timber may be “withdrawn” each year. The forest service needed an efficient method of collecting and managing all of this and other data in order to maintain the sustainability of the forests.
The Hessen-Forst Enterprise held a rigorous selection process, evaluating a number of rugged handheld options before settling on the Mesa Geo. They wanted a handheld with a display large enough to easily view their mapping programs, but without the bulkiness of a tablet. The Mesa Geo fit the mold perfectly. They needed reliable GPS performance under heavy tree canopy, so the Mesa Geo was tested extensively to show that it could deliver. The Mesa Geo was also selected for its superior ruggedness, long battery life, Windows Mobile® operating system, and for Juniper Systems’ reputation in forestry and commitment to customer service.
“The German foresters at Hessen-Forst are among the most respected foresters in Europe and we are proud to have been selected to support their field data collection,” said Trevor Brown, Natural Resources Market Manager at Juniper Systems. “With the level of detail with which they manage their forests, it is essential that they have a high-quality data collection tool that is easy to use and has reliable GPS performance under heavy tree canopy. The Mesa Geo fills that need perfectly for them.”
To read more about how the Hessen-Forst Enterprise is using the Mesa Geo for forest management, click here: http://bit.ly/1qnJ3MG.
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