Forest education through video and mobile content
06.17.2013

recent report by Cisco estimates that within four years, 69 percent of all consumer internet traffic will be video content. Cisco also estimates that mobile data traffic will grow 300 percent faster than fixed IP, or “wired” traffic in the next five years.

These percentages keep increasing each year. OFRI heard similar but slightly lower numbers a couple of years ago, and we made the move to begin developing more video content and more mobile content. Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to.

Five new Forest Fact Breaks
OFRI’s popular series just added five new animations. For those unfamiliar with the series, these are 90-second movies intended to introduce forestry topics to a middle school audience in a way that is both informative and entertaining. New disks have been created and are being distributed to classrooms around the state. The five new Fact Breaks are:

Smartphone Tree Guide
As part of an interpretive project at The Oregon Garden, new tree identification signage has been developed with embedded QR codes that link to a unique website with more info. These QR codes can be reproduced and used anywhere, including your own forestland or interpretive signage.

Mobile list of 10 great hikes near Portland
OFRI has developed a visitor’s brochure about the amazing forests of Oregon. Inside is a QR link to 10 family-friendly hikes within a short drive of Portland.

Mobile app of Forest Facts and Figures
Have you seen the app yet? It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it includes everything from the popular printed pocket guide to video clips, interactive maps and county-specific economic data. Availalbe in iTunes and GooglePlay.

Video Special Report on Biomass
New to the OFRI video library is our report on biomass in Oregon’s forests. Powered by Oregon is the latest in OFRI’s series of video special reports.

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