The United States Forest Service (USFS) has recently given blanket technical approval for its employees to purchase Feature Analyst nationwide to aid in its remote sensing and GIS-related activities. Feature Analyst, built as an extension for ArcView 3.2 and ArcGIS software, provides users with a powerful and easy-to-use new tool for converting images into maps. Blanket Technical approval is only given to products that have undergone rigorous technical evaluation and are found to solve an open and pressing need within the USFS. After evaluating the state-of-the-art feature extraction software for over a year, the USFS has found Feature Analyst provides critical GIS solutions including canopy coverage mapping, species identification, fire burn severity mapping and land cover classification.
Visual Learning Systems, Inc.(VLS) provides software and solutions for the Defense and Intelligence, Homeland Security, Environmental, Educational, and Local Government GIS markets. Feature Analyst 3.2 for ArcGIS and ArcView includes advanced feature extraction and image classification techniques developed by VLS through research with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. Organizations such as the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Forest Service recently conducted analyses of using Feature Analyst in operations. These studies, additional information and an evaluation copy of Feature Analyst can be found at www.featureanalyst.com. Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. Its mission is to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run.