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What’s in Rich’s Cruise Vest? 

A clinometer is a tool foresters use often to measure heights of trees or the slope of the ground

If we know the distance to the tree (often measured with a logger’s tape), we can measure total height, merchantable height, or any other height we may want. Once we know the distance to the tree, the clinometer employs trigonometry principles and reports the height we are measuring.

If we want to measure the slope of the topography, we do not need a known distance, but can read the percent slope from the clinometer. 

-Rich Congdon, Real Estate Specialist/Assistant Analyst