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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)

TNC Washington, Seattle c96 .(217 Pine Street Seattle WA 98101 USA tel:(206)343-4345 fax:(206)343-5608 . GIS Contact: Mark D Goering, ) ..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. GIS STATUS: "The Nature Conservancy of Washington received a CTSP grant in 1996 and we have made great use of the equipment. GIS is an essential tool for what we do, whether it be multi-state ecoregional planning, site-conservation design, or measuring the success of exotic weed control on a ten acre site. GIS has become so essential to what we do that we can no longer support the chapters needs through a single, centralized lab. Our vision to have desktop GIS available to all science/stewardship staff in the state has created a lot of excitement and generated a lot of support. I have had the opportunity to introduce GIS to several of the Conservancy's offices in Texas and have found that it really does change the way people work. GIS will empower staff and promote self sufficiency, which in turn will allow our professional GIS personnel time to focus efforts on data creation, analysis and modeling. I expect that within one year ArcView will become as ubiquitous to our desktop as word processors and spreadsheets."

The Trust for Public Land, San Francisco , CA e91 . (116 New Montgomery Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 Phone: (415) 495-4014, Fax: (415) 495-4103 ) "The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, natural areas and open space. As a problem-solving organization, TPL works in partnership with government, business, and community groups to: acquire and preserve open space: to serve human needs; share knowledge of nonprofit land acquisition; and pioneer methods of land conservation and environmentally sound land use. Projects: Conservation ToolBox, "The Evergreen Agenda's Conservation Toolbox is an interactive workbook designed to help individuals and groups protect those open space parcels and natural systems treasured by their community. "; Green Cities Initiative, "...Its purposes are to increase public awareness of the vital role of parks and open space in the quality of urban life; generate funding to create, improve, and maintain urban parks, and protect public open spaces that are integral to a city's unique heritage."

Trustees of Reservations, Beverly MA c95 (The Trustees of Reservations, 572 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915 tel:(978)524-1875 GIS Contact: Vin Antil "Since 1891, The Trustees of Reservations has been preserving the cultural and scenic treasures of Massachusetts. Of our 73 properties, seven are historic house museums that bring New Englandís rich history to life. The remaining properties, open and unspoiled, offer maintained trails, superb views, and quite picnic spots - welcome refreshment in a busy world...GIS STATUS: The Trustees of Reservations continue to use GIS in three broad categories: public information (trail maps and publications), conservation planning (land acquisition and protection strategy), and land management (ecology planning and research). During the past year however,GIS has become even more integrated into the daily operations of The Trustees. ...We have completed 96 internal plot requests over the past year, many of which include multiple maps. Three new trail maps have been published for our properties. We have also donated our services to produce a trail map for The Manchester Conservation Trust, a small local land trust without GIS capabilities. . "

Wyoming Open Lands, Buffalo WY c97 . (340 Fort St. Buffalo, WY, 82834 tel:307-684-2133 fax: 307-684-2197 . Nancy Geehan, Managing Director) "The use of computerized geographic information systems (GIS) by private landowners holds out considerable promise for those landowners who want to work together to maximize their respective real estate values while protecting their open lands character to the greatest possible extent. The University of Wyoming's Spatial Data and Visualization Center, in partnership with Wyoming Open Lands, is developing a unique application of GIS that is being used in private landowner collaborations. This practical and basic use of GIS allows landowners to map their various interests in protection of open space on their own land, as well as on neighbors' lands within their subdivision or watershed. Through this mapping process, private landowners are allowed to confidentially identify their interests and concerns. The landowners can then see, through layering all of the mapped landowner input, the potential for cooperative agreements with physical reference to their property. " see GIS - A Tool For Private Land Use Planning (ESRI 1997 paper)

All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

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


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