Let’s say you are considering building a hotel or resort and you are concerned about your contribution to deforestation. Where do you turn for information? Google, of course. In case you missed it, last month Google, in a collaboration led by Dr. Matthew Hansen at the University of Maryland, released the first detailed maps of the world’s forests. The maps represent the time period of 2000 to 2012 and document and quantify forest landscape changes such as fires, tornadoes, disease and logging. The maps are highly detailed and are scalable down to 30 meters. I tested the map by typing in “Orlando”. Red areas in the map’s results showed where there was a loss of forest from 2000 to 2012. Blue areas showed forest gain. The good news for Orlando is that forest loss appears to be balanced by forest gain.