The South Carolina Forestry Commission Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program, a section of the Information Technology Division, is responsible for spatial data and application development. Geographic information systems (GIS) is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of data. It analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visualizations using maps and 3D scenes. With this unique capability, GIS reveals deeper insights into data, such as patterns, relationships, and situations—helping users make smarter decisions. GIS enhances forest management by assisting landowners and forest managers to evaluate and analyze the species diversity, age and size of timber, timber density, and volume. It’s also used to display and evaluate timber damage, among other details, from wildfires, ice storms, hurricanes and other natural disasters.