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In this paper, a method of generating a three-dimensional (3-D) geometric model for large-scale natural environments with trees is presented. The environment mapping method, which uses range images as measurement data, consists of three main phases. First, geometric feature objects are extracted from each of the range images. Second, the relative coordinate transformations (i.e., registrations) between the sensor viewpoint locations, where the range data are measured, are computed. Third, an integrated map is formed by transforming the submap data into a common frame of reference. Tree trunks visible in the range images are modeled with cylinder segments and utilized as reference features for registration computation. The final integrated 3-D model consists of the cylinder segments representing the visible sections of the tree trunks, as well as of the ground elevation data. The constructed environment map can be utilized as, for example, a virtual task environment for outdoor robotic machines such as new-generation forest working machines or service robots.