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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)

Riverside Land Conservancy, Riverside CA c97 . (4075 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, California, USA 92501 tel:(909) 788-0670 Exec Director Dave Flietner) "The Riverside Land Conservancy is dedicated to the preservation of open space by seeking to identify, protect, and manage habitats of rare and endangered species, natural lands, and other sensitive sites throughout Riverside County." see "Photo tour of some of our preservation areas"

San Andreas Land Conservancy, Ca e97 . (Whale City Cafe, 1 Ocean Ave. @ Highway One Davenport, CA 95017 or P. O. Box 268 , Davenport CA 95017 tel:(831) 427-3733 GIS contact: Dave Kossack, ) "San Andreas Land Conservancy continues to promote the protection and restoration of native habitats through the application of GIS and spatial analysis to its own projects as well as assisting other organization in the conservation community. Our on going projects include protection of San Vicente Creek the other watersheds of Ben Lomond Mountain in Santa Cruz, CA...Farther a field we have assisted the Big Sur Land Trust with data acquisition and ArcView training and have produced a GIS project of Big Sur for the Henry Miller Library, Big Sur. We continue to work with Friends of the Tecate Cypress towards the protection of Coal Canyon and the wildlife connection between the Santa Ana Mountains and Chino Hills. We are currently working with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to develop vegetation maps for the lands the District owns and manages in the Santa Cruz Mountains of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. " see the Highlander newsletter for some online map examples from SALC .

San Joaquin River Parkway Trust, Fresno CA c96 .(1550 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 114 Fresno, CA 93710 tel:(559) 248-8480 fax:(559) 248-8474. Exec Director: Dave Koehler "Our mission is to preserve and restore San Joaquin River lands having ecological, scenic or historic significance, to educate the public on the need for stewardship, to research issues affecting the river, and to promote educational and recreational uses consistent with the protection of the riverís resources. ...The River Parkway Trust is working in cooperation with local government and the private sector, to create a 22 mile long greenbelt along the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to Highway 99. Permanently protected river bottom land in the form of natural reserves, parks and open space now totals over 1,600 acres. " Don't miss their Parkway Map .

Santa Cruz County Land Trust ( Land Trust of Santa Cruz County),Ca e97 . (734 Chestnut St, .or. PO Box 1287, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1287 tel:831-429-6116 tel:831-429-1166 gis contact: Eric Schmidt) GIS STATUS: "We are making great progress with the ArcView software grant. We have been obtaining data from a number of different sources, including the County and, through the Coastal Commission's Water CD-ROM set, AMBAG, NWI and more. With these data, we've finished several maps that have brought this organization very quickly from the typewriter era into substantive, mapping-based conservation analysis. We are currently working on two big, topographically diverse open space projects along the Santa Cruz County coast. Both properties lend themselves to a wide range of resource mapping and analysis, We plan to drape digital elevation models on shaded relief, then add stream, road and habitat themes in order to better model the open space properties we manage as well as those we evaluate for acquisition. "

Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Ca e98 . (5750 Rameriz Canyon Road, Malibu, California 90265 USA tel:310-589-3200 ext. 126 fax:310-589-2408 gis contact: Jeffrey S. Bolton ) "Through direct action, alliances, partnerships, and joint powers authorities, the Conservancy's mission is to strategically buy back, preserve, protect, restore, and enhance treasured pieces of Southern California to form an interlinking system of urban, rural, and river parks; open space; trails; and wildlife habitats that are easily accessible to the general public." GIS STATUS: "The following are some of the helpful contributions that ArcView and our grant has made to our agency: development monitoring, land acquisition planning, grant writing, graphics, natural resources analysis, GIS cooperation with other agencies, mapping of parkland, updating park boundaries, staff reports, and environmental analysis. The DAK has provided us with the capabilities of converting City of LA parcel data into out projection. But the most significant contribution has been with fire brush clearance on out properties. The fire brush mapping that we can now achieve is going to save us significant amounts of money (we don't even have a budget for this) and staff time. This mapping has shown that in large areas where we have always cleared, we should not have because, now with GIS, detailed City parcel data, and 3 foot DOQs we can accurately determine where we should clear. ...We are now ready to move onto the next step in GIS analysis, which is to use Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst to continue to enhance land management within the Santa Monica Mountains. "

Save-the-Redwoods League, San Francisco CA c97 . (114 Sansome Street, Room 605, San Francisco, CA 94104-3814, tel: (415) 362 2352 fax: (415) 362 7017 ) "The Save-the-Redwoods League has practiced its unique approach to conserving California's redwood forest lands since 1918. We buy land from willing sellers at fair market value using private donations (matched by public park funds when available), and donate this land to one of the California Redwood State Parks, or another public park or preserve. Thirty-seven California Redwood State Parks, three National Parks, a National Monument, and many local public parks have been established to protect Coast Redwoods and Giant Sequoias, and the Save-the-Redwoods League has provided over a hundred million dollars in donated funds to help purchase more than a quarter of a million acres of redwood forest land that is now preserved within these parks." Redwood Resources is an excellent page of background and guides to redwoods conservation, including a comprehensive Redwoods Bibliography . Don't miss the Redwoods Conservation Master Plan, an example of a GIS-based master conservation planning approach, including a comprehensive Stakeholder Survey and Planning Primer .

Sheffield Land Trust, Ma c98 . (404 LeGeyt Rd., P.O. Box 940, Sheffield, MA 01257-0940 USA tel:(413) 229-0234 fax:(413) 229-0239 . GIS contact: Kathy Orlando (413) 229-6665 ) "The Sheffield Land Trust is a non-profit membership organization that protects land primarily through private action. Established in 1989, the Land Trust today holds conservation restrictions throughout Sheffield and is active in diverse projects, from creating wetlands preserves and conducting vegetation studies, to annual river clean-ups....The common factor in all of our work is that maps guide us in everything that we do. Each organization has their own maps and only when projects overlap do we get a glimpse at the larger conservation picture. We have created several maps by hand that have brought this information together, but it is always changing. We have data from the state and all our partners in files and in our heads but need one place to put this all together to really use as a planning tool. GIS is the perfect tool and we have access to the base information from which we can do the analysis. "

Sierra Foothills Conservancy, Ca e97 . (PO Box 529 Prather, CA 93651 .Phone: 209/855-3473 Fax: 209/855-3473 (call first) Email: . GIS contact: Mike Spiess . "The Sierra Foothill Conservancy is a land trust dedicated to the preservation of open space and traditional land uses threatened by the rapid urbanization in the foothills of Fresno and Madera Counties. The Conservancy now manages 3,400 acres of unspoiled natural land with plans to protect additional land in the future. Our goals include public education and scientific research....We plan to use a GIS for the following: . -To keep a resource inventory of the existing preserves and surrounding lands. We are in the beginning stages of a archeological inventory and mapping project. Existing plane table maps will be added to the GIS. TNC also has resource data (ArcInfo) as part of their state wide "scoping" project that they will share with us. We also have data from the biological surveys and aerial photos (1940, 1963, 1993 USGS). . -Land acquisition planning. We currently have Fresno county parcel data in ArcInfo format and DEM data. (This is being used by a volunteer using USFS facilities.) . -Range management. Tracking feed (grass) production, animal units, and vegetative mapping. . -To produce educational materials such as maps for our on going programs. "

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Concord NH c95 . (54 Portsmouth Street, Concord, NH 03301-5400 . tel:603-224-9945 GIS contact: Dan Sundquist) "Founded by a handful of concerned citizens in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) has today grown into one of the country's most effective statewide land conservation groups, responsible for the protection of over 100,000 acres in permanent reservations, easements and restrictions, placing them among the top 10 land trusts in the country...BIOLOGICAL INVENTORY REVEALS MUCH ABOUT SOCIETY LANDS: The past few months have seen exciting advances in the knowledge we have about the natural diversity of our forest reservations. A new computerized geographic information system (GIS) has enhanced our ability to learn more about our properties. It allows us to overlay our forest cover type maps with other information such as soils, wetlands, and geology. In depth, scientific studies on the Hay Reservation in Newbury and the Stoddard properties are uncovering rare plant communities, cataloging mammals, and surveying bird populations - all of which provide new insights into the structure and function of our forest ecosystems. By 1999, the GIS program now includes a strategic land protection planning project than seeks to set priorities for expanding the protected lands base around SPNHF properties (28,000 acres and counting) and to connect to other protected lands in the vicinity. SPNHF have four study areas underway right now around NH, and will continue with this approach in years to come. Part of the study method involves community interaction and input from the local conservation commissions re: key natural and cultural values to protect.

All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

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


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