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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geography, 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)


Sonoma Land Trust, Ca c98 . (1122 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 tel:707-526-6930 fax:707-526-3001 email:slt@sonic.net GIS contact: Thomas Baginski ) "Sonoma Land Trust (SLT), founded in 1976, has protected more than 10,000 acres of baylands, wetlands, redwoods, oak chaparral, urban separators, and agricultural lands in Sonoma County, CA. We are the oldest and largest non-profit conservation organization based in Sonoma County with 1200 active members and scores of volunteers....As a land trust, most of our activities involve some mapping component. More specifically, theGIS grant will be used to accomplish three major tasks during the initial year of the grant period. These specific tasks are: completing the Sonoma County Coastal Parcel Study, updating the monitoring database for SLT's land holdings, and preparing presentation material for new conservation projects. ...The immediate use of GIS will be for the Sonoma Land Trust Coastal Area Parcel Study (CAPS). The CAPS will determine the feasibility of acquiring, through fee or easement, lands of scenic and conservation value between Bodega Bay and Stewarts Point along the Sonoma County coast. The project will involve extensive mapping and analysis of land parcels, wildlife habitat, wetlands, conservation value, zoning and other layers for the region. The long term use of will be to update the mapping, analysis, and management capabilities of the Sonoma Land Trust for all of our projects and properties."

South Kingstown Land Trust, Ri, c99 . (66 Main Street Unit 3, Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879 USA tel:401-789-0962 fax:401-789-5816 GIS contact: Joanne Riccitelli email:sklt@ids.net ) "The South Kingstown Land Trust was established in 1983 as a private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural, scenic, and historic areas of the town of South Kingstown. To date, SKLT has succeeded in completing 63 projects, protecting 896 acres of land, through conservation easement or outright ownership. ....The South Kingstown Land Trust (SKLT) has already made significant investments in using GIS as an analytical and mapping tool, through the expert guidance of its volunteer Board member, Dr. Peter August of the University of Rhode Island, and has come to depend on the analytical and cartographic products that this software can create. The challenge for the GIS program at SKLT now is to transfer much of the responsibility and capability for GIS work to its new Land Protection Director. "

Taos Land Trust, Taos NM c97 . (PO Box 376, Taos, NM 87571, tel:751-3138 Contact: Clare C Swanger email:tlt@laplaza.org) "The Taos Land Trust (TLT) was formed in 1988 by long-time residents intent upon preserving the rural character, land-based culture and natural environment of the community they love. From 1992 to mid 1997, TLT focused on preserving land via conservation easements (CEs) and educational efforts about land preservation and estate planning. During that time, we completed 11 CEs on 1,052 acres of important natural lands, and directly influenced preservation of an additional 18,000 acres. This spring, through internal planning and 50 in-depth interviews with supporters and community leaders, we expanded our mission to include land use planning and land acquisition. Our current mission is "To help preserve land with agricultural value, scenic vistas, significant habitat, or historical sites through direct preservation, conservation partnerships, education and land planning for the benefit of the families, communities, cultures and natural systems of the Taos region." GIS STATUS: "Using ArcView 3.0 with the Spatial Analyst extension, we published a map that showed the extent of the area within a 9.5-mile radius from the municipal airport where the Town was attempting to impose its land use authority. This simple visual tool had a powerful impact, because it starkly showed the extent of impact on County land use planning, in contrast to most people's notions about the size of the area involved. The map currently hangs in the County Planning Commission's office...At the request of supporters and community leaders, the TLT became involved with the County's first-ever comprehensive land use planning process by providing information and resources to assist the locally-based planning efforts of neighborhood associations. ... The County land use plan relies heavily on NA participation and input, yet what little public information was available contained many inaccuracies. First, the TLT digitized boundaries for 13 NAs based on written records and rough sketches. After demonstrating the capabilities of our upgraded GIS, six NAs asked for further assistance. We responded by providing a map of publicly available road data overlain by the neighborhood boundaries that we created. NA members manually corrected the (sometimes significant) inaccuracies in the public information. Then the TLT worked with a NA representative from each neighborhood to correct the digital data and create a layer of acequias (irrigation ditches), which is important to community and agricultural planning in this arid environment. One of the neighborhood representatives working with the TLT even designed a protocol that other NAs can use to correct errors in their neighborhood's data "

The Nature Conservancy, Wash DC e90 .The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive...Acres Protected in the U.S. since 1953: 9.5 million, Acres Protected outside the U.S. with TNC Assistance: 42 million, Acres Managed: 1.3 million (acres the Conservancy owns or has under conservation easement), Membership: 828,000, Corporate Associates: 1,385, Preserves Under Conservancy Management: 1,500, Natural Heritage Inventory Programs and Conservation Data Centers: 86.. .The Nature Conservancy's Conservation Science Programs: Conservation Science programs encompass the biological, ecological, and technological knowledge that we draw on to identify and protect at-risk biodiversity, as well as the management methods and practices we employ to ensure its survival.... Selected Nature Conservancy Scientific Data Sets ....The Scientific Resource Center is a forum for researchers and other conservation specialists to access scientific and technical information from Conservancy science programs. The resource center includes information derived from the Conservancy's scientific databases, documentation about how this information is developed and managed, and guidance for where and how to access additional information....Natural Heritage Network : Natural heritage programs manage standardized information on endangered plants, animals and ecological communities. What animals, plants and ecological communities are rare? Where do they occur? How are they faring?...see: The Natural Heritage Methodology. Heritage databases are regularly analyzed by Conservancy scientists to identify which areas we should be trying to protect next, and geographic information systems (GIS), allows us to overlay sets of information--on an area's hydrology, vegetation cover, and land-use patterns, for instance--to help us analyze a particular site. We are also making great strides in assessing biodiversity protection at both multiple scales of biology and geography--from rare species to ecosystems, and from nature preserves to landscapes. We have moved beyond looking just inside the boundaries of our preserves to examining the much broader landscapes in which they are embedded. At this landscape scale, we must also address ecological function and the influences of people. To enable us to work at these larger scales, we are developing better conservation planning methods and tools that will allow us to plan across immense biologically defined regions like the Great Plains, as well as plan across the range of a particular ecological community like the longleaf pine forests of the Southeast. ....The Association for Biodiversity Information was established to unify, support, and represent the network of Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centres in the mission of collecting, interpreting, and disseminating ecological information critical to the conservation of the world's biological diversity. GIS is an important tool in their work....TNC Text Only State Listing ...

The Nature Conservancy Alaska, Anchorage c96 . (421 W. FIRST AVENUE, SUITE 200, ANCHORAGE, AK, 99501 , USA Phone: 907-276-3133 Fax: 907-276-2584 ) Our overall goal is to protect landscapes of global biological significance present in the Arctic subcontinent of Alaska. as well as those ecosystems which represent Alaska's rich natural heritage. Alaska's rare and unique ecosystems will be our first priority....The Conservancy was awarded a Conservation Technology Support Grant from Hewlett-Packard, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Environmental Systems Research Institute to develop a geographic information system (GIS) for the Kenai River watershed. The grant will cover computer hardware, software, and training. The Conservancy plans to load a wide array of information on the watershed into the GIS station. Integration of this diverse information, including land ownership, habitat types and conditions, stream types, recreational uses, and other geographic information, will provide a valuable consolidated database for watershed-wide ecological analyses to use in developing conservation priorities for the whole watershed.

The Nature Conservancy California Cosumnes River Preserve, Ca e98e . (The Nature Conservancy, 13501 Franklin Blvd., Galt, CA 95632, Phone: 916-683-1700; FAX 916-683-1702; e-mail sblanchette@cosumnes.org GIS Contact: Valerie Calegari, vcalegari@cosumnes.org) "The Cosumnes is a small river whose headwaters rise at only 8,000' above sea level and whose course from the Sierra Nevada to the San Joaquin Delta is just 80 miles long. But the Cosumnes is far more important than its size would indicate. It is the only undammed river on the west slope of the Sierra, and in its lower reaches it flows through one of the biologically richest regions in California's Central Valley on its way to its confluence with the Mokelumne River and the San Joaquin Delta. The Cosumnes River Preserve was created to safeguard much of that landscape." see their Online Map . GIS STATUS: "My last grant was a scholarship to the 1998 ESRI Conference. At the conference, I met a number of people with whom I have kept in touch, and who have helped me to develop our GIS at the Preserve. I was inspired by a number of the posters displayed, and have used the ESRI Map book provided as a source for layout and graphics ideas in my own maps. ...The Cosumnes River Project is a multi-agency partnership which protects and restores riparian forest, seasonal wetlands, vernal pools, and wildlife-friendly agriculture in southern Sacramento and northern San Joaquin Counties. The Preserve currently protects and manages 37,000 acres. We have been working with ArcView GIS here for the past year and a half. Thanks to the help of many of our partners, I have been able to develop a good digital library of base maps, including DEMs, DOQs, soils maps, parcel boundaries, waterways, floodplains, topographic maps, etc. ArcView has allowed me to make maps and provide analysis which have been extremely useful for determining our focus, purchasing fee and easement acquisitions...We have also found the GIS a critical tool for expressing our successes at the Project. With maps and tables, we have shown our partners, funders, policy makers and other land stewards just how we are managing the Preserve for biodiversity while supporting the local agricultural economy. The applications of this GIS are so varied that it has become overwhelming for us to undertake all the analysis necessary for the continued growth of this project, and further training is needed ...GIS has proven to be a reliable and powerful tool for managing and planning a preserve of this size and diversity. Maps and charts created with ArcView 3.1 have been used to demonstrate to our funders and partners just how their money is being spent. For example, by overlaying fish sampling sites on a digital ortho quad, our fish biologist was able to analyze and demonstrate differential fish use of restored floodplain, flooded forest, and sloughs. The results of his work have brought considerable attention and further funding to our restoration efforts. In another case, I offered our restoration coordinator a digital soils map overlaid with parcel boundaries, with acreage of potential restoration sites. This offered him a powerful tool for designing his planting regime and saved him hours of field work measuring plot sizes. "


All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

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

 

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