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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)


Patoka South Fork Watershed Steering Committee, In c99 . (3728 E. State Rd. 64, Winslow, IN 47598 Phone (812) 789-5059 Fax (812) 789-5059 psfwsc@comsource.net ) "The Patoka South Fork Watershed Steering Committee (PSFWSC) is a semiautonomous citizens group dedicated to enhancing the environment and water quality of the South Fork Patoka River Watershed in Southwestern Indiana. The South Fork of the Patoka River Watershed is considered the most heavily impacted watershed in the State of Indiana. Of the approximately 52,000 acre watershed, between 60 and 75 percent has been impacted or impaired. The environmental degredation from Acid Mine Drainage has been well documented by numerous scientific studies. These studies have documented the loss of fish, aquatic insects, and plants due to inflow of water with low pH, heavy metals, suspended sediments, and precipitates that coat the stream bottoms.A GIS was one of the very first things to be undertaken when the Patoka South Fork Watershed Steering Committee coalesced three years ago....We use the GIS to catalog problem areas in the watershed, so that we can develop remediation strategies. Being able to rapidly produce graphics to present to the various agencies responsible for oversight, allows us to furnish up-to-date data that is routinely used by local, state, and federal Agencies. For example: the Director of Land Acquisition - Indiana Department of Natural Resources recently requested water quality data for several sites in the watershed. They will use this data to help determine the feasibility of acquiring additional property for the Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife Area. Since we have this data in a "Hotlinked" coverage, we sent them the entire database via the internet."

Prescott Creeks Preservation Association, Prescott AZ cs97 . (gis contact: Michael Byrd Prescott Creeks Preservation Association 520-776-4490 voice 520-776-1439 fax email:mbyrd@primenet.com) GIS STATUS: "Our primary objective is to oversee the management of Watson Woods Riparian Preserve (WWRP) near Prescott, AZ. Our first goal (on receiving the GIS grant) is to build biological and non-biological inventories of what exists on the property. With the completion of those inventories, which are still on going, PCPA intends to create vector layers of the occurrence and distribution of the Preserve's vegetation, avifauna, small mammals, and herpetofauna, as well as geology, soils and archaeology. PCPA's second goal for WWRP will shift from a biotic and abiotic focus to a recreational focus. It is PCPA's intention to build a visitor's center and to develop a trail system once inventory work is complete. The use of ESRI GIS software will be critical to the spatial understanding of how people might impact WWRP's fragile habitats. IMPACT OF GIS ON OUR GROUP: "I believe the main impact GIS has had on PCPA is an overwhelming of our organization with technology with which do not yet have the knowledge and human resources to fully utilize. GIS tends to draw people in with its impressive, colorful finished products. I think people get fooled into thinking that creating images with GIS is a very simple and quick process, when in reality, it requires a great degree of dedication and development of skill. We got caught in this trap. PCPA has not fully utilized our CTSP granted software for several reasons. The first reason is that we have fallen behind schedule with tasks preceding GIS usage. Second, I intended to implement GIS into my position as Volunteer Preserve Manager, but found myself over committed and delegated the GIS work to a new volunteer interested in the technology. With this transition of personnel, I believe our organization lost a bit of our original focus and drive for the GIS usage. It has taken the new volunteer GIS coordinator longer than expected to get up to speed with the software. Unfortunately, I do not think the CTSP grant has had an overwhelming impact on Prescott Creeks Preservation Association. In all humbleness, I believe we got in over our heads and have not lived up to our obligations of the grant. We are still working towards the goals set forth above (and in our original application) and we will continue to do so until they are reached. "

River Network, Or e97 . (National Office: P.O. Box 8787, Portland, OR 97207. Phone #: 503-241-3506 or 1-800-423-6747. Fax #503-241-9256. E-mail: rivernet@igc.apc.org GIS contact: Cathy D Pearson ) "River Network was founded in 1988 with the conviction that the solutions to river degradation, like the problems, are primarily local. They must be created by citizen activists, valley by valley and stream by stream. We saw even then that the "top-down" approach could only go so far, that rivers needed a stronger constituency at the grassroots level. We dedicated ourselves to the mission of building citizen groups to speak out for rivers in every watershed across the country. " GIS PROJECT: Watershed 2000: "Three key initiatives of the Watershed 2000 program are currently underway: the River Source Center, to provide grassroots conservationists with state-of-the-art information on watershed protection and organizational development; the Leaders Program, to build strong state river councils, developing their capacity to work on statewide river issues and to support local groups in their area; and regional networks of state and local river and watershed groups, to tackle regional watershed issues and GIS capabilities are critical to the success of these program activities. A program that can integrate a wide variety of data is essential to providing better services as described in our mission. Maps will offer an intuitive graphic representation of current networks thereby allowing Leaders, donors, and local groups to quickly see where future efforts may be appropriate. Answering the "where" can lead to better understanding and quicker response to the "why" and the "how"."

River Watch Network, Vt, c98 . (153 State Street Montpelier, VT 05602 tel:(802) 223-3840) "River Watch Network (RWN) is a non-profit organization working to bring people together to monitor, restore, and protect rivers. RWN was formed in 1987, based on a successful 20-year program on Vermont's Ottauquechee River. Citizens and students living in the watershed successfully gathered and used monitoring information to galvanize community support for cleaning up the grossly-polluted river. RWN was created to establish a network of programs based on this citizen-participation model....We have roots in communities from the Rio Grande in New Mexico to the Presumpscot in Maine, inspiring local people to bring their rivers back to life. We're currently supporting 67 projects on over 107 rivers. Our services have reached over 15,000 volunteers and the numbers keep growing with the desire of citizens to address the river problems in their backyards....RWN helps groups collect data on physical, chemical, and biological characteristics and processes or rivers. For most of our groups, we either prepare reports as a service for them or we provide them advice and guidance on data management and interpretation. This advice is in the form of a manual and workshops on turning data into useful information. We suggest a five-step "data-to-information" process: . -1. Data Entry and Validation: We provide advice on computerizing and validating data into a computer spreadsheet for storage and retrieval. . .-2. Summarizing Data To Help with Interpretation: We advise groups on the use of simple statistical analyses, summary tables, maps, and graphs. . -3. Data Interpretation: This involves asking a series of questions about the data that relate to groups' study design question(s). The answers to these questions are organized as findings and conclusions. Based on these, a group may develop recommendations for action or further study. . -4. Summarizing Data To Tell a Story: We advise groups on how to present results in ways that illustrate findings, conclusions, and recommendations. This story can be told in text and selected tables and graphs that are organized into an oral presentation and/or a written report geared to the audience they are trying to reach. . -5. Written Reports: We suggest a written report format that summarizes the monitoring activity, reports findings and conclusions and makes recommendations for actions to address problems or for modifications to the sampling program if needed. This report can be the basis for other types of presentations. "

Sabine River Authority of Texas . . (P.O. Box 579, 12777 N. Highway 87, Orange, Texas 77630 Phone: (409) 746-2192 FAX: (409) 746-3780 Manager: David Montagne, mailto:ssmith@sra.dst.tx.us) . "The Sabine River Authority of Texas is a governmental agency of the State of Texas created in 1949 as a conservation and reclamation district with responsibilities to control, store, preserve, and distribute the waters of the Sabine River and its tributary system for useful purposes." See their IMS MAPPER site .

Salmon River Restoration Council, Etna CA c97 . (PO Box 1089 Sawyers Bar, CA 96027 Voice: 530-462-4665 GIS contact: Jim Villeponteaux, email: jvptx@srrc.org) . "The Salmon River is part of the Klamath BioRegion located in Northern California where it is part of the federal Wild and Scenic River System....We have completed many small GIS projects and use GPS and GIS for all our mapping and monitoring needs. (I.E. Stream Temperature Monitoring Project, and Fire History Project ) Our cooperative relationship with the US Forest Service in subbasin planning requires us to be capable of understanding sophisticated GIS analysis and data quality issues. With ESRI's help, we have the needed capabilities and have earned the respect (and ear) of the government planners. Most of the agency planning processes rely heavily on GIS analysis of existing data. The Pacific Northwest Natural Resource management agencies are in many ways on the cutting edge of GIS analysis and use. We see data validity as a key element which agency personnel often do not recognize - or they do recognize their data gaps and use it anyway. We are a small but important component of conscientious use of data. We are trying to find ways to influence the agencies and other GIS data users to take the time to understand the limitations of existing data, and to find ways to improve (and collect more) data. " . . IMPACT OF GIS GRANT: "The CTSP Grant has been a great success with our organization. As we predicted in our request, this technology gives us the ability to understand and analyze information used by managing agencies. This ability places us in a higher technological level than we could otherwise achieve. Our organization is now viewed as a technical leader in natural resource management for the Salmon River subbasin. This position is recognized by the federal and state agencies, the local tribes and other community based groups. We provide technical assistance to many of these groups, as well as the local schools. Our CTSP Grants have established the credibility of our organization in the scientific community. Many of our upcoming projects are highly technical, including watershed education, subbasin planning and data collection/analysis. We are well integrated into subbasin planning in cooperation with the primary land manager, the USFS. Our mission in this activity is to help plan future management activities in order to ensure forest health using conservation biology management techniques and quality data. The SRRC believes that accurate information is an essential component of ecosystem management. All of our future funding requests will contain GIS components and will concentrate on data collection, integration and analysis to meet our conservation, protection and restoration goals. We use several methods to make our results available to agencies, other community groups and the general public. Besides paper maps and reports, we have produced (and are producing) digital presentations, web pages, newsletters and public ArcView demonstrations. GIS-produced maps and information are integrated into many of our products.

South Santiam Watershed Council, Wa . (33630 Mc Farland Road, Tangent, OR 97389 USA tel:541-967-5927 fax:541-928-9345 GIS contact: Susan Gries, Watershed Coordinator, email:gries@darkwing.uoregon.edu ) "In a world of declining salmon runs, reliance on natural resources for a sound economy, and gridlock over natural resource management, the South Santiam Watershed Council (SSWC) seeks local, alternative, cooperative solutions. Since the first public meeting in November 1995, the South Santiam Watershed Council has grown to over 50 members from a broad range of interests, including private landowners, industry, businesses, private organizations, and local, state and federal agencies. We plan to use GIS for: Conducting a watershed assessment; Tracking and illustrating water quality monitoring program results; and Conveying information on watershed conditions to watershed residents and stakeholders. "


All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

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

 

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