Visual Forester Professional (VFP) is a first-generation long-term forest management simulator that combines advanced silviculture and wildlife modeling with powerful data analytics and stunning stand visualizations.
VFP provides professional foresters, students, landowners, regulators, and researchers with a powerful new tool to understand and communicate silvicultural decision-making and results. Alpine Land Information Services draws on nearly 30 years of experience in long term forest planning, forest inventory, habitat analysis, and long-term carbon analysis to make this simulator possible.
Our ambition is to use immersive visualization to talk about forestry as if you were taking a walk in the woods. However, by combining visualization with detailed inventory data, flexible growth models, limitless prescription options, and planning horizons from 5 to 100+ years, we can show things that would take multiple lifetimes in person. This opens the door to new levels of comprehension and to conversations which have never been had before.
Alpine has a long history in California forestry, and we recognize that one of VFP’s greatest potentials is as a teaching and communication tool. Therefore, we plan to introduce Visual Forester Professional with software tailored for university students in California. From there, we plan to expand VFP to add value for many additional users and regions.