Geographic information systems and remote sensing technologies have been rapidly adopted in many sectors of the natural resource field. Falling hardware prices and ever more powerful yet easier to use software have not only reduced the cost but have also broadened the accessibility of these technologies. Technological advances are making the generation and use of resource information a competitive process. Whereas in the past public resource agencies alone had the data and analytical capability to prepare resource-management plan, today GIS technology can give a small group of knowledgeable and motivated users the power to replicate those analyses and to propose defensible and scientifically rigorous alternatives. Examples are given of forest management practices that were successfully challenged in this way.
"Natural resource information from monopoly to competition,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 2, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol2/iss1/2