Fun with satellites
I know Google is trying to get the best maps & images possible. Last week they made their first world map, and yesterday they uploaded tons of detailed satellite imagery.
But they're a little hesitant to get into GIS, I believe. It's not the cost
But let's say if they conflate forestry data with Google Maps, in a switchable GIS layer. People will be shocked about the levels of logging, and unhealthy forest ecosystems. Just releasing this uncontroversial data will have the Timber Industry publicists up in arms.
But that's ok. They'll get over it.