The Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s Planning and Environmental Services unit received funding from the U.S. Forest Service to explore ways to identify “heir properties” — tracts of land that lack clear legal title. Heir properties frequently arise when a property owner dies without a will. Identifying heir properties aids Forest Service management practices and benefits local government by improving enforcement of local health and safety codes and increasing property tax collections. Property owners benefit from obtaining clear legal title because it allows them to leverage their equity to make improvements or other investments and enables them to access a wide variety of state and federal land assistance programs. Faculty members Scott Pippin and Shana Jones, working with GIS specialist Jimmy Nolan of the institute’s Information Technology Outreach Services Division, are using computer-assisted mass appraisal data and other metrics to identify and map probable heir properties.