Cherokee Services Group joins national effort to manage tribal forest lands

February 13, 2018

(L to R) Tony Courter, Cherokee Services Group senior software engineer; Dave Cawrse, Forest Management Service Center manager; Bob Freeman, Cherokee Services Group program manager.(L to R) Tony Courter, Cherokee Services Group senior software engineer; Dave Cawrse, Forest Management Service Center manager; Bob Freeman, Cherokee Services Group program manager.

Tribal company earns USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs contract

TULSA, Okla. — Cherokee Services Group has secured a contract to aid the federal government in its ongoing effort to analyze, measure and manage tribal forest lands located throughout Indian country and the U.S.

CSG, a company within Cherokee Nation Businesses’ consulting sector, is supporting the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Branch of Forest Resources Planning with assisting the Forest Service in restructuring and improving its Continual Forest Inventory software, which is used to monitor and quantify forest composition and conditions.

“The Forest Management Service Center is working with Cherokee Services Group on the development of a new CFI processing and analysis software tool for the BOFRP,” said Mike Van Dyk, forest vegetation simulator group leader for FMSC. “We are pleased to be part of such an important collaboration with the BIA in providing essential tools for the assessment and management of tribal forest lands.”

The tribally owned company is refactoring the software to best practice and tested development standards that leverage modern object-oriented practices. The updated software will assist service center representatives with long-term forest plans for tribal entities.

“The Forest Service Management Center’s Forest Vegetation Simulator model and the National Volume Library, both of which are heavily integrated into the CFI application, use scientifically validated, merchantable volume estimates to project future forest conditions,” said Bob Freeman, program manager for Cherokee Services Group. “Our placement of resources at the center allows for direct, unimpeded communication with the developers of this nationally recognized and industry standard software.”

The FMSC provides products and technical support for the Forest Service and is solely responsible for development and maintenance of the Forest Vegetation Simulator, a nationally supported framework ensuring consistency among forests in vegetation dynamics modeling.

For more than a decade, Cherokee Services Group has been providing federal and commercial clients with award-winning IT solutions and business support services. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CSG specializes in software and application services, network infrastructure services and business process services. Headquartered in Tulsa, Cherokee Services Group has a regional office in Fort Collins, Colorado, and 22 additional offices nationwide. For more information, please visit www.cherokee-csg.com.