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​Registration Information

Registration Fee: $125*
*Includes lunch, parking pass, and all necessary technology

Registration Deadline: TBD

Location Information

The workshop will take place in the Advanced Computer Lab (ACL) on the third floor of the Trainer Natural Resource Building, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. A campus map can be found HERE.

Workshop Sponsor

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Cancellation Policy

Requests received prior to the registration deadline will be granted a full refund. Requests received after the registration deadline but prior to the workshop’s start will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted to requests received after the start of the workshop. To receive a refund a written request must be made to Haley.Frater@uwsp.edu

Workshop Information

​Using Avenza Pro and Customized Shapefiles to Efficiently Collect Field Data

Fall 2020
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

In this hands-on workshop, Kevin Burns, Senior Forester with the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, will walk you through how to customize shapefiles to easily collect the field data you are interested in.

Through a combination of classroom and field exercises, you will learn how to export shapefiles from ArcGIS to Avenza Pro, customize and modify the shapefiles, collect attribute data in Avenza, export the data, and incorporate the collected data into GIS.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Create customized layer files in Avenza to expedite field data collection.
  • Harness the power of your existing desktop GIS data in Avenza on the field pad.
  • Efficiently update/add data to your existing desktop GIS using Avenza.

A tentative workshop agenda can be found HERE.


This workshop will be pre-approved by SFI, SAF, and WI-DNR Cooperating Forester. 

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for individuals with basic Avenza and GIS experience.


Burns.jpgKevin J. Burns is a second-generation Forester, beginning his career in Forestry way back in grade school.  He earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Forestry from UWSP in 1994.  Kevin has worked as a private consulting forester in Wisconsin and Michigan for 17 years, then made a mid-career change to State employment in 2008, when he accepted a position with the Forestry Faculty at UWSP as the Treehaven Forest Ecologist.  Kevin served the University for 9 years before accepting his current position as Senior Forester with the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands in 2018.  Kevin's interest and experience in forestry directly relate to forest inventory techniques, primarily the technology advancements that make our jobs easier, more efficient and serve to reduce error.