ESRI's Peter Eredics Joins University Advisory Council

                            Forestry GIS Expert Will Share Information, Provide Guidance to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Redlands, California - July 17, 2008—Peter Eredics, forest industry solutions manager at ESRI, brings a spatial technology perspective to the Forestry and Natural Resources/Environmental Management and Protection (FNR/ENVM) Advisory Council at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, California. The university's natural resources management graduates are employed throughout the world in careers related to the protection and management of our forests and natural resources. For decades, ESRI has served the forest industry by providing geographic information systems (GIS) for sustainable forestry management, environmental protection, conservation, and more.

"The council serves to support university students and devise relevant curricula as well as support an exchange of ideas between academia and the forestry industry," says Dr. Warren J. Baker, president of California Polytechnic State University. "Peter Eredics' years of experience uniquely qualify him as a resource for insightful and valuable advice to the council."

"Being invited to serve on the FNR/ENVM council is a wonderful opportunity to help advance the forestry, natural resources, and environmental professions while promoting California Polytechnic State University to other natural resource leaders around the world," says Eredics. "The university has long recognized the value of GIS in natural resource management, and I look forward to keeping the department up-to-date on emerging geospatial technologies in areas related to forest management including forest health, carbon sequestration, and supply chain management."

Since 1990, Eredics has been designing and managing GIS projects for forestry companies and government agencies in North America and throughout Asia. Between 1998 and 2007, Eredics taught habitat restoration and GIS courses at Douglas College in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. He graduated in natural resource management with a major in forestry from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1992 and is currently completing his master of business administration degree at Henley Management College. Eredics is a member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF), American Forests, and the Canadian Institute of Forestry.

About California Polytechnic State University

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. The emphasis of the university is a "learn by doing" educational experience for its more than 18,000 students. Many students seek admission to Cal Poly not only because of its excellent academic reputation but also because the 6,000-acre main campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, just minutes from California's central coast beaches. Visit us at www.nrm.calpoly.edu.

About ESRI

Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com/forestry

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