The forestry industry has a great need for web and app developers. For example, there is a software product called FPS (Forest Projection and Planning System) written by forestry researcher Jim Arney, formerly of the University of Montana. This software is used to help forest managers project the growth of forests. Resident of small towns with mills depend on the timber sourced from those forests. In many states, timber harvesting is regulated by state agencies who use the data from FPS software to assure that the forest will remain healthy after timber is harvested.

Providing support for FPS will require people with skills in both forestry, forest biometrics and coding.

– Nora McDougal, The Computer Gal