Forest Inventory & Analysis Factsheet

If you are interested in exploring forestry statistics in your home state, you might enjoy the Forestry Inventory & Analysis Factsheet.  The resource provides “a brief overview of forest resources in each state based on an inventory conducted by the FIA program in cooperation with each State forestry agency.”  Factsheets were created using data from the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis database.  To explore the data, toggle over the map and click on a state, or use the dropdown bar in the lower left-hand corner to select a state from the alphabetized list.  Check it out!


Weather Spark

Are you a weather fanatic?  If you don’t know about Weather Spark, you should check it out.  It is a wonderful website that offers detailed summaries of typical weather anywhere on Earth.  From the home page, you are invited to enter a location in the search bar or to choose among major cities, and you can also search via an interactive map (linked below the city list) or view a randomly selected place. Each location in Weather Spark’s database has a vast amount of information concisely presented through colorful graphics and text descriptions, including average temperatures, humidity, solar energy, and much more, with reports available for a yearly, monthly, or daily time frame. You can also compare the average weather for multiple locations simultaneously. Check it out!


Security Issue in ArcGIS Enterprise

ESRI has discovered a critical vulnerability in the Portal for ArcGIS component of ArcGIS Enterprise resulting in a Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF) issue when special steps are taken by someone with network access to the ArcGIS Enterprise portal. This can result in access to and control over other infrastructure resources by unauthenticated persons.

For more information and to download a patch, visit the Tech Support page here.

Smart Mapping Capabilities for Time

The date field in ArcGIS Online can be used to visualize data over time, change styling to display temporal differences, track edits, and display a feature’s date and time in a pop-up. The following article provides excellent tips for working effectively with date and time in ArcGIS Online.


Other articles about using time:

Time Slider in Map Media

Rules for Publishing Date Fields

Date Fields in ArcGIS Online

An Example Map with Time

Get A Free ArcGIS Pro License

8/5/2020 UPDATE:  This program has been extended through December 31.

ESRI has announced that it will provide free access to its ArcGIS platform and learning resources through the website to support college students during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Those who register between March 1 and June 30 will have free access to an ArcGIS Pro 2.5 license until August 31, 2020.

To register as a member of Learn ArcGIS you can do so via the following link:

To download and install ArcGIS Pro 2.5 go to:

Once installed, open ArcGIS Pro and sign in with your username and password.