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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)

NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program, (Natural Resource Information Division, 1201 Oak Ridge Drive, Suite 350 Fort Collins, Colorado 80525-5589, Dr. Gary L. Williams, Manager Inventory and Monitoring Program 970-225-3539 Natural Resource Inventories, Long Term Ecological Monitoring (LTEM) Program .PROGRAM AREAS: Bibliographic Database (an online searchable database on Parks Science) , Species Lists, Vegetation Maps, Vegetation Mapping Program, Base Cartography, Soils and Geology Maps, Species Survey and Distribution, Water Resources and Chemistry, Air Quality and Meteorology . Soils Mapping: "An additional partnership with the American Association of State Geologists (AASG) is gathering information from the files of state agencies and compiling an automated database on geologic and water resource maps, documents, specimen collections, and related information." Long Term Ecological Monitoring Program: see clickable map of Prototype LTEM parks . Draft Data Management Protocol . Annual Reports and other publications .

NPS-USGS National Vegetation Mapping Program . The USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program classifies and maps the vegetation communities of National Parks that have a natural resource component. The Program is managed by the USGS Center for Biological Informatics in cooperation with the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program. see STATUS PAGE . See: INTERIOR INITIATES FIRST-EVER STANDARDIZED MAPPING OF PLANT COMMUNITIES IN NATIONAL PARKS "The National Park Service (NPS) and the National Biological Survey (NBS) will undertake the comprehensive inventory and mapping program with the contractual support of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI): The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a private, non-profit organization; the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), a National Science Foundation- initiated consortium of university "centers of excellence;" and others. " Don't Miss: THE NATIONAL VEGETATION CLASSIFICATION STANDARD .

NPS Nature Net: NPS Park Ecological and Resources News/Data . Air, Geology, Water, Plants & Animals: Data, Natural Resource Publications & NPS Resources Partnership Agreements.

NPS Banedlier National Monument e95 . (Headquarters: Bandelier National Monument HCR 1, Box 1, Suite 15 Los Alamos, NM 87544 tel: (505) 672-0343) . On the canyon-slashed slopes and bottoms of the Pajarito Plateau are the ruins of many cliff houses and pueblo style dwellings of 13th-century Pueblo Indians. Acreage: 32,737, all federal. Wilderness area: 23,267. (Craig Allen, 505-672-3861 Ext. 541 USGS-Biological Resources Division Jemez Mountains Field Station HCR1, Box 1, Suite 15 Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544 ) .

NPS Capitol Reef National Park, UT e97 . (Capitol Reef National Park HC 70 Box 15 Torrey, Utah 84775 tel:(435)425-3791 GIS contact: Jennifer Norton " A Geographic Information System (GIS) was initiated for Capitol Reef in 1982 originally to assess the effects of livestock grazing on park lands as directed by Congress. The focus of the GIS has since greatly expanded from strictly grazing issues to encompass the management and preservation of all of the park's natural resources as well as cultural resources from both prehistoric and historic times. A fully developed and operational GIS has greatly enhanced inventory and monitoring of park resources. The GIS database is repeatedly queried to provide necessary statistics and illustrations for park management decisions, compliance activities, reports, and researchers. "

NPS Colonial National Historical Park, Va e97 . (Colonial National Historical Park, P.O. Box 210,Yorktown, Virginia 23690-0210) GIS PROGRAM: "With GIS and Global Positioning Unit (GPS) technology we can place the Green Spring Plantation within a geographic world and historic landscape that existed in the 18th century.

NPS Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA, e98 . (Fort Mason, Building 201 San Francisco, CA 94123 tel:(415) 556-0560 GIS contact: Stephen Skartvedt ) GIS RESEARCH: "Several hundred sampling sites have been studied over the past ten years in the Marin Headlands section of the park. Monitoring information includes vegetation type and animal capture information (mostly deer mice and other small rodents). This information combined with a multi-year radio collar tracking database of bobcat will be used to determine habitat suitability and density distribution of bobcat in the Marin Headlands. The USGS-BRD center in Alaska has developed an extension to Spatial Analyst that provides home range modeling, path analysis and habitat selection tools (contact We hope to use this extension with the modeling capabilities of Spatial Analyst to discover patterns of movement and distribution of bobcat in the Marin Headlands. 2.) A multi-agency collaboration (National Park Service, California State Parks, Marin Municipal Water District, Green Gulch Farms & the Muir Beach Community) has been established to protect the resources of the Redwood Creek watershed. This 71/2 square mile watershed contains several special status species including the Northern Spotted Owl, Red Legged Frog and Coho Salmon. It is also home to Muir Woods National Monument, a 300 acre old growth forest preserve. Baseline data and hydrolgic modeling needs to be done in the watershed to determine erosion potential, sedimentation rates and flow characteristics of Redwood Creek. The multi-agency collaboration dovetails with a joint Pt Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area three year Coho Salmon/Steelhead Trout study. We hope to use the hydrology extensions in Spatial Analyst to help with the Redwood Creek watershed protection plan and Coho/Steelhead research." See also Presidio Vegetation Management Plan and MAP .

NPS Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hi e98: (P.O. Box 52 Hawaii National Park, HI 96718-0052 tel:(808) 985-6000 GIS contact: Melia Lane-Kamahele, 300 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI, 96850, info below is from Bill Slocumb ( )" GIS Projects: Mapping rare and endangered plants and invertebrates in the Park. "These data are then overlaid with maps of vegetation, lava flows, and climate to provide information on habitat requirements. Selecting all areas that meet specified criteria then generates potential distribution maps of selected species. - Fire History Atlas: documents the history of fire occurrence from the early 1920's to 1996. A database providing information on the name, date, and cause of the fires will be linked to digitized maps. - Vegetation and fuels map:. Digitized vegetation maps will be used to develop detailed fuel maps, which will serve as valuable aids in planning fire suppression strategies. - Cataloging and geocoding herbarium specimens: Collection specimens will be cataloged and records of alien and rare plants will be geocoded and used to generate maps of all alien and rare plants collected and stored in the Park herbarium. "

NPS Joshua Tree National Park, Ca e97. . (74485 National Park Drive, 29 Palms, CA 92277 tel:760-367-5500 Fax: 760-367-6392 GIS Contact: Gillian Bowser) See Tortoise Landscapes - A Habitat Suitability Model for the Threatened Desert Tortoise (1998 ESRI Conf Abstract by Gillian Bowser Michael Rock , Brent Long ) "The desert tortoise, Gopherus agassizzi, is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Joshua Tree National Monument, an 800,000-acre park in the California desert, designed a GIS model using known tortoise locations and environmental parameters (measured both in the field and from digital data). The model creates a layer that represents tortoiseness - a grid of cells with values of tortoise preferences. This layer is then used to assign values (using coefficients from logistic regression) to a surface that represents areas of predicted tortoise preference. Field work was based on validating the model by comparing observed values (field data) to predicted values from the model. Management implications and uses are discussed. "

NPS Lava Beds National Monument, Ca e97 . (Bill Slocumb ( ) GIS Projects: "Alien plant infestation areas determined with GPS and associated with information describing species, treatment, effect of treatment, etc. - Archeological site mapping with a GPS. - Precipitation contours generated from data points of monthly precipitation (from small portable rain gauges in remote locations) using Spatial Analyst software. - Trail planning using a GPS and Spatial Analyst software to generate custom, detailed contour maps of potential trail routes and to create a surface elevation grid for slope and watershed analysis. - Visitor information - create custom maps for export into document files for brochures, handouts, etc. "

NPS: Point Reyes National Seashore, Ca e96 . (Point Reyes Station, CA 94956-9799 Tel:(415) 663-1092 fax (415) 663-8132 GIS Contact: David W. Schirokauer Nearly 20% of the State's flowering plant species are represented on the peninsula and over 45% of the bird species in North America have been sighted." GIS PROGRAM: "current major projects include: vegetation mapping and accuracy assessment of the vegetation map being produced by ESRI, designing and mapping marine refugia, mapping the distribution of exotic vegetation, mapping the distribution of rare and endangered plants, mapping the locations of endangered bird's (Snowy Plover, Northern Spotted Owls) nest sites, mapping the parks infrastructure.". ..GIS & Fire at Point Reyes National Seashore : "In the fall of 1995, a wildfire occurred on the at Point Reyes National Seashore, California, and during this emergency, GIS/GPS was utilized to monitor the daily spread of the fire, measure fire suppression actions, and to assess damage to structures and to natural and cultural resources."See: Interactive Application of GIS During the Vision Wildfire 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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