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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)


Five Valleys Land Trust, Inc., Missoula MT cm97 . (PO Box 8953, Missoula, MT 59807.or: 104 E. Main St., Missoula, MT 59802 . tel:(406) 549-0755 fax:(406) 542-1652 email - fvlt@montana.com) "The Five Valleys Land Trust works to protect wildlife habitat, river corridors, and significant open space in and around the greater Missoula area. Primarily using the conservation easement tool, FVLT works cooperatively with individuals, corporations and governments to achieve permanent protection of these areas." see the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area page for a sample GIS map. Don't miss: Conservation Easement Map by Jim Berkey.

Grand Canyon Trust Az . (2601 N. Fort Valley Road Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA tel:(520) 774-7488 fax:(520) 774-7570 email:info@grandcanyontrust.org ) See Canyon Country Landscape Map . "The mission of the Grand Canyon Trust is to protect and restore the canyon country of the Colorado Plateau - its spectacular landscapes, flowing rivers, clean air, diversity of plants and animals, and areas of beauty and solitude....Our approach focuses on protection and restoration of the ecological integrity of whole landscapes, not just pieces. We strive to protect the environment in a healthy state into the future, by incorporating multiple goals across a landscape - goals that identify both priority areas for protection and necessary conditions for landscape-wide environmental sustainability. "

Heritage Conservancy, Doylestown , PA c95 . (85 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, PA 18901 Phone: 215-345-7020 Fax: 215-345-4328 email: info@heritageconservancy.org ) "The Heritage Conservancy strives to preserve the natural and historic heritage of Bucks County and the Delaware Valley region." They have been responsible for the preservation of 1000's of acres since their founding in 1958. Their GIS lab is used for data analysis, management, open space mapping and project work like the Tookany Creek Watershed. They have also made a special effort to provide GIS teaching and support to many smaller non-profits in the Delaware River Valley region and about ten percent of the smaller municipalities in the watershed. GIS program .

Housatonic Valley Association, Cornwall Bridge CT cs97 c99 . (P.O. Box 28, Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754 Tel: (860) 672-6678 Fax: (860) 672-0162 E-mail: housatonic@snet.net Alternate URL ) "HVA works to protect farmland, open space, rivers and drinking water, and in the management of solid and hazardous waste. Programs include the Housatonic RiverBelt Greenway (a planned continuous network of walking trails and bike paths connecting green spaces from the river's source in the Berkshires to Long Island Sound), Watershed Inventory (identifying surveying and cataloguing natural resources and open space), the Goundwater Action Project and public advocacy." GIS STATUS: "Our geographic information system, now digital rather than manual, plays a central role in HVA's watershed management programs. We are able to access digital land use, regulatory, demographic, economic, and cultural data needed to identify high-priority natural resource areas in the region and develop protection strategies tailored to those areas. GIS has augmented our staff resources and has greatly expanded HVA's effectiveness, providing an efficient way to integrate, manage, analyze, and display information....HVA's Community Watershed Initiative takes the data developed from an intensive, data specific outreach to key conservation groups, employers, technicians, agencies and commissions, elected officials, and individuals and catalogs basic water quality factors, including, but not limited to, land uses, storm water runoff sources, water quality or quantity degradation, wildlife habitat, hydrology, soil types, geology, transportation, utility infrastructure, aquifers, recharge areas, waste disposal sites, and existing protected lands. Following this research and subsequent analysis, in each sub-basin we will convene a working group to form a council of Watershed Partners, responsible for assessing and interpreting the data, identifying and reviewing issues as they are identified, crafting solution plans, and implementing those plans. We have already begun work in three sub-basins....Local Data Sharing Project: (Hold local meetings in each town to review and share existing data, and offer as a tool for improved local land use decision-making). This project involved the acquisition of digital geographic data and inventorying all properties permanently protected for conservation purposes by governmental entities and qualified landholding organizations. HVA downloaded its geographic data from the UConn Library's MAGIC website, using road DLG files, hydrography subsets, town boundaries and polygons, CTDEP property files, and federal, municipal, and privately-protected property boundaries from Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management (OPM) files to create base maps for each town. To research and compile the maps and data for each town which identified and categorized protected open space, HVA received cooperation and participation from a number of local land trusts, including the Warren, Sharon, Kent, Norfolk, Salisbury, Heritage, and Litchfield Land Trusts, and regional organizations, including the Farmington River Watershed Association, Nature Conservancy, Weantinoge Heritage Trust, the Litchfield County Conservation District, Steep Rock Association, Northwest Connecticut Council of Governments (NWCOG) and the Litchfield Hills Council of Elected Officials (LHCEO). Upon completion, HVA submitted our parcel information in an ArcInfo export file as well as an ArcView 3.0 file to CTDEP and OPM. In addition to the two state agencies, we also shared our data with the NWCOG and the LHCEO, the Litchfield County Conservation District, the Farmington River Watershed Association. We provided maps and data to municipalities or land trusts which have the required computers and software. For those towns or land trusts that cannot use the digital data, we provided hard copy maps.

Lancaster Farmland Trust, Pa e98 . (128 East Marion Street Lancaster PA 17602 tel:717 293-0707 fax:717 293-0779 email:lft@savelancasterfarms.org GIS Contact: Heidi J. Lundy ) "Lancaster Farmland Trust is a private, non-profit land trust working with individual farmers to preserve prime agricultural land in Lancaster County, PA. We work principally with religously conservative farm families for whom it is important that our organization receive no direct government funding. Our funding comes entirely through private contributions from individuals, businesses and philanthropic organizations... The County was named one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world in 1997 by the World Monument Association....Established in 1988, Lancaster Farmland Trust has already preserved 100 farms and 6,439 acres for perpetuity-including the farm where the movie "Witness" was filmed. The Trust expects to preserve 15 additional farms during 1999." GIS STATUS: "In May of 1998 we received a grant of ArcView 3.0 from the ESRI Conservation Program. At the same time we received a grant of extensive county-wide data from the Lancaster County GIS Department. We also upgraded our computer hardware to include a new larger monitor, and an 8 1/2"x11" color inkjet printer. We were immediately able to put the geographic information system to work for us in printing maps for our baseline documentation on farms. When a conservation easement is donated to us, the landowner is able to claim a charitable tax deduction from the Internal Revenue Service. One of the qualifying factors in receiving the deduction is that the farm is valuable to the public, and one of the ways in which we confirm this is to produce a baseline documentation report on each farm we preserve. This report includes a written description of the farm at the time it was preserved, photos of the farm and a map. Before we starting using GIS, we were tracing the maps by hand from the printouts of an antiquated DOS deed drawing program. Now, using the County's tax assessment data, we can produce accurate, easy to read maps that provide all the relevant information on buildings, soil types, water flow, contours, and other details. We also monitor each farm, at least once a year, on which we hold a conservation easement. The GIS maps, which can include orthographic photos of the preserved parcels, are immensely helpful in finding farm boundaries and documenting changes in woodland pasture and crop area. Consequently, we have begun creating maps for each of the farms we have preserved over the past 10 years. An example of a baseline map is attached as Map 1, "the Benuel Stoltzfoos farms." Another extremely effective and important use of our GIS over the past year has been to create township-wide maps showing which farms are preserved. We use these maps at informational meetings with farmers. When a farm is preserved, we generally ask the property owner to speak to a small group of his or her neighbors and friends about why they think preservation is important. Township maps, showing preserved farms, are a great conversation starter at these meetings....We borrowed a more innovative use of our GIS capabilities from Peninsula Open Space Trust (San Francisco). We designed a very nice 8 1/2" by 11" map of the entire county, showing all the farms preserved by us, the farms preserved with the County's organization, and farms on the waiting list with the county. This map also shows the Urban Growth Areas where we don't preserve farms. We printed each contributor's name on the top of this map, and sent it out to them when we requested their annual membership dues. "

Land Trust Alliance e94 .(The Land Trust Alliance, 1319 F St NW, Suite 501, Washington, DC 20004 phone 202-638-4725; fax 202-638-4730) .."supports conservation in communities across the country by ensuring that people who work through voluntary land trust organizations have the information, skills, and resources they need to save land." see: LTA Land trust Web sites. In the US there are currently over 900 land trusts protecting over 2.7 million acres of open space.
 
The Methow Conservancy, Wa e98 . ( P.O. Box 71, Winthrop, WA 98862 tel:(509) 996-2870 email: conserve@methow.com ) "The Methow Conservancy is dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of the Methow Valley's rich natural, historic and scenic resources. ...Proactively we must indentify critical habitats, educate the public and plan for the future, as the Puget Sound continues to prosper. We are grassroots in the true sense of the word, working with a variety of people and views, promoting conservation and promoting a non-adversarial role in the community. We have partnered with the school distrists in the area in restoration activities and have would like to mentor high school students in some of the basics of land use and environmental ed. We believe that this kind of good work will increase membership and realize our goals and any help would "
 
The Minnesota Land Trust, Mn . (2356 University Ave. W. Suite 400, St. Paul, MN 55114 tel:651-647-9590 fax:651-647-9769 Email: mnland@mnland.org) "The mission of the Minnesota Land Trust is to promote the protection and enhancement of open space including farmland, wetlands, woodlands, bluff lands, wildlife habitat and scenic areas in Minnesota. We fulfill our mission primarily through the use of conservation easements--permanent development restrictions placed on a property's title. " see: Green Corridor Project "The MLT has teamed with 1000 Friends of Minnesota, the Land Stewardship Project, Minnesota Farmers Union, Rural Community Initiative and Trust for Public Land to help Chisago and Washington County preserve and link open spaces through their communities. "


All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

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

 

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