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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geograpy, mapping and GIS. Grantees are coded by program and year of grant at the end of their name/state, i.e. e91 means ECP grant in 1991. c=cstp, cm=ctsp-mac, cs=ctsp-software)

Scholarly papers and ESRI Conference Proceedings

Economic Impact of Open Space in New Hampshire, Prepared for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests by Resource Systems Group, January 1999. "The purpose of this assessment is to provide a factual basis for informing the public and conservation organizations about the value of open space to the New Hampshire economy...Open space is a direct underpinning of four economic sectors: agriculture, forestry, tourism and recreation, and second homes used for vacations and recreation. For each sector, the availability of open space is a significant factor, and often the critical one, in determining the income, jobs, and taxes derived from those sectors. " Economic Impact of Open Space

GIS - A Tool For Private Land Use Planning (for Wyoming Open Lands) (1997 ESRI conf paper, by James R. Oakleaf and Wendy L. Berelson, Spatial Data Visulization Center P.O. Box 3067 University of Wyoming University Station, WY 82071 phone: 307-766-2735 fax: 307-766-2744 e-mail: OR "Development and economic pressures in Wyoming and throughout the Rocky Mountain region have directly contributed to the continual disappearance of the family owned and operated ranch or farm. Not only are generations of a "way of life" being lost, but many times these agricultural lands/open spaces are converted to residential housing of varying densities. Due to the ecological importance and intrinsic value of these lands, several different organizations and government agencies have employed an assortment of techniques to slow this trend. The most common of methods include public land use planning (e.g. zoning, subdivision regulations), conservation easements, and/or land acquisitions. Many times these approaches are impractical, unfeasible, and/or greatly restrict the future ranching/farming practices of a landowner. One avenue currently being explored by Wyoming Open Lands (WOL) is the use of legally binding private land use plans. This type of planning allows for all landowners within an area of mutual interest (AMI) to equally be involved in the negotiating and development process by addressing and incorporating the concerns of the collective group into their plan. In order to facilitate these efforts, the Spatial Data & Visualization Center (SDVC) at the University of Wyoming in cooperation with WOL has created and designed a geographic information system (GIS) to be used as a tool throughout all phases of the process. This system, with a minimal number of base data layers, uses customized ArcView applications in conjunction with the Spatial Analyst extension to produce a landowner derived land use preference maps to facilitate the planning process. "

Using a land trust to preserve green assets Earth-Friendly Living, By Mark Harris, 1997, LA Times, or go to and search on "Earth-Friendly Living" or "Mark Harris" for a complete list.

The Santa Catalina Island Conservancy GIS Project Conservancy Membership Data Project, by William W. Bushing. "Although the Catalina Island Conservancy's Geographic Information System (GIS) was created largely to deal with ecological and facilities management issues, it can also be applied to any data that is "georeferenced," or provided with an accompanying geographic location. For example, Conservancy members all have a home address which can be conveniently represented in the GIS by their 5-digit ZIP code or more exactly by their street address....To get a better feel for membership within a region, a different type of GIS map may be produced which shows the actual number of Conservancy members in a given postal ZIP code area. " GIS program

Sites with public conservation and GIS data for downloading

Selected Nature Conservancy Scientific Data Sets .(Downloadable lists of taxonomic and conservation status information for the United States): Amphibians of the United States, Birds of the United States, Freshwater Fish of the United States (Coming Soon), Mammals of the United States, Reptiles of the United States


All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996


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