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James W. Sewall


Ortho of wooded peninsula Wetlands Covertype mapping

Natural Resource Mapping

For a wide variety of natural resource information needs, Sewall provides all required services, including project design, aerial photography, photo-interpretation, and production of final mapping products. Our pilots are experienced in acquiring appropriate imagery for projects ranging in size from several thousand to a million acres. We efficiently produce orthophotography from aerial photos, using photogrammetric-quality scanning and orthorectification processes. Our photo-interpreters use conventional stereoscopes or softcopy photogrammetry to interpret to client typing schemes.

Approximately 70 percent of our interpretation is of detailed forest cover types that are required for managing large tracts of forest land. The same skills and technologies are applied for interpretation and mapping of wetlands, non-forest vegetation, and land use. Although we are not heavily dependent on automated interpretation methods, we use them when they are cost-effective and appropriate to the project at hand. We assess forest damage--losses due to insect, disease, or weather--on wide areas with change detection methods using LANDSAT imagery, for example, and develop canopy height data from publicly available LiDAR data sets for use in habitat, forest inventory, and vegetation classification.

Sewall creates and/or enhances natural resource data sets at up to a state scale. We have adjusted cadastral data to fit deeds and orthophotos and built legacy hydrological data into complex linear-referenced geodatabase structures. We use our GIS analysis skills to assist clients in understanding land use or vegetation trends using sequential data sets, in modeling optimum siting, or developing habitat predictions for endangered species.

Our worldwide client base is made up of managers of forest or other natural areas, including TIMOs, REITs, NGOs, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, state DNRs, and municipal watersheds.

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Mary McDonald, LPF
GIS Project Manager
207 817 5446

Wilfred Mercier, LPF
207 817 5595

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