Athens/Clarke County is working to protect their historic forests, but first they needed to determine which of their forests were historic. Using digital, aerial imagery for the entire county from 1938, we were able to take that imagery and georectify it, that is, assign the proper location, orientation, and size to each image file. Once all images were georectified, they were combined into a single image that covered the entire county. With this image, we were able to delineate all the forests within the county that existed in 1938. With this information, the county is now able to determine which forests that are around today have been around for nearly a century and work to protect them for the enjoyment of future generations.
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