ESRI Conservation Hall Program, 2008

at the ESRI 2008 Int'l GIS User Conference, San Diego, Aug 4-8

Mahesh Pathak, survey of bank cutting at Jalad Khola, Nepal
Layout of Conservation Hall Exhibits. Click for full rez


General Hours
Monday 8/5     3:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8/6     8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Wed       8/7     8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Thursday 8/8    8:00 a.m.–3:15 p.m.



Theater 1: Conservation GIS Theater

Theater 1 TUESDAY
Tuesday, August 5, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM . . . MODERATOR NEEDED
Louise Misztal
Sky Island Alliance, Arizona
TITLE: Route Analysis in the Sky Island Region

Bo Wilmer
The Wilderness Society
"Prioritizing Fire Restoration across the Lolo National Forest

Tuesday, August 5, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM. . . MODERATOR Scott Bodien, Catawba Lands Conservancy
David R. Wyllie
Tierra Bonita (Owls in Flight), New Mexico
Title: Owls in Flight, a Citizen's Approach to Conservation

Bill Monahan
Audubon California, USA
TITLE: Modeling past and future distributional responses of California's avifauna to climate change

 Kim Fisher
Wildlife Conservation Society, New York
TITLE: Range-Wide Priority Setting for Snow Leopards


Tuesday, August 5, 12 noon – 1:00 PM
    -SCGIS Scholars prep & practice sessions

Tuesday, August 5, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM. . . MODERATOR NEEDED
    -Supporting the Practice of Public Interest Environmental Law with GIS: Doug Pflugh, Earthjustice
Earthjustice is the nationís leading nonprofit environmental law firm, working to protect our natural heritage and public health. Since 1997, Earthjustice has been a recipient of grants from the ESRI Conservation Program and has pioneered the use of GIS in the practice of public interest environmental law. A review of recent work demonstrates the valuable role that GIS can play in case selection, case development, record building and testimony, and outreach.

Tuesday, August 5, 3:15 PM–3:45 PM. . . MODERATOR: Doug Pflugh, Earthjustice
    -A map of future oil and gas development across the Rocky Mountains and estimating impacts to species. Authors: Holly E. Copeland, Kevin E. Doherty, David E. Naugle, Amy Pocewicz, and Joseph Kiesecker. Presenter: Holly Copeland, Spatial Ecologist, TNC (WY)

    -A Framework for Implementing Biodiversity Offsets: Selecting Sites and Determining Scale. Authors: Joseph M. Kiesecker, Holly Copeland, Amy Pocewicz, Nate Nibbelink, Bruce McKenney, John Dahlke, Matt Holloran and Dan Stroud. Presenter: Holly Copeland, Spatial Ecologist, TNC (WY)

Tuesday, August 5, 4:30 PM–6:00 PM. . . MODERATOR:TNC
   -TBD TNC Presentations


Wednesday, August 6, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM . . . MODERATOR Sasha Yumakaev
SCGIS Scholars Showcase: Landscape Conservation
Ashok Pathak
Society for Wetland and Biodiversity Conservation, Nepal
Application of GIS for Conservation Awareness in the Protected Areas of Nepal

Chaka Harold Kaumba
Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), Zambia
GIS application in the management of Zambia’s wildlife resources

Buh Wung Gaston
Limbe Botanic Garden, Cameroon
Mangrove Species Management In Cameroon


Wednesday, August 6, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM . . . MODERATOR Sasha Yumakaev
SCGIS Scholars Showcase: Ecosystem Assessment & Prioritization
André Almeida Cunha
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Laboratório de Mastozoologia e Manejo de Fauna, Brazil
Land Cover Assessment of Strictly and Sustainable Use Atlantic Forest Protected Areas.

Luciana Cavalcanti Maia Santos
BiomaBrasil Institute (Tropical Coastal Wetlands Management and Conservation); University of São Paulo’s Environmental Science Graduate Program (PROCAM-USP), Brazil
Aerial photographs and GIS used to assess oil spill impacts in a mangrove area (Baixada Santista, São Paulo, Brazil): multitemporal analysis as a tool to support coastal management and conservation issues

Alex Njiru Ngari
East Africa Natural History Society (Nature Kenya), Kenya
Defining Critical Conservation Sites and Guiding Conservation Investment to Safeguard Biodiversity in the Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forest Region


Wednesday, August 5, 12 noon – 1:00 PM  Conservation GIS Theater . . . MODERATOR SCGIS
    -SCGIS Open Meeting


Wednesday, August 6, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM . . . MODERATOR Jenn Atkinson
SCGIS Scholars Showcase: Species Conservation
Gideon Neba Shu
Global Forest Watch Cameroon
The Creation of the Cameroonian Chapter of the Society for Conservation GIS: Progress Made and Lessons Learnt

Cecilia Villanueva
Centro Nacional Patagonico (CENPAT). Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnica (CONICET), Argentina
Testing methods to estimate abundance of Magellanic penguins using GIS

Tiana Hanitriniaina Rakotosamimanana
WCS Madagascar
Observed changing on habitat utilization of mothers and calves humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, between 2002 and 2006 in Antongil Bay


Wednesday, August 6, 3:15 PM–4:30 PM . . . MODERATOR David Wyllie
SCGIS Scholars Showcase: Wildlife in East Asia
Anna Barashkova
Siberian Environmental Center, Russia
Using GIS-methods in conservation programs on endangered felid & raptor species

Ochirkhuyag Lkhamjav
WCS Mongolia
The Eastern Steppe’s Living Landscape

Eric Sanderson
Wildlife Conservation Society, New York
The Mannahatta Project"
"The aim of the Mannahatta Project is to reconstruct the ecology of Manhattan when Henry Hudson first sailed by in 1609 and compare it to what we know of the island today. We have created detailed geographic models of Mannahatta using historical records and maps, natural history surveys, and the best science and scholarship available from New York City institutions over the last 200 years. From these sources we have derived a picture of the web of ecological relationships, called a Muir Web, which we hope to visualize geographically and artistically in a variety of articles, a book, and a website."


Theater 1 THURSDAY
Thursday, August 7, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM
Thursday, August 6, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM
Thursday, August 5, 12 noon – 1:00 PM
    -SCGIS discussions




Theater 2 Tues: Native & First Nations Program

Tuesday, August 5, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM . . . MODERATOR David Gadsden
    -Native/First Nations Program: GIS Training Programs for Indigenous Peoples
Come and explore GIS training opportunities for Native GIS users. This session will feature several programs that provide GIS training solutions for people exploring the use of GIS in Native and Indigenous Communities.
Frank Harjo
Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation Environmental Program (CNEP) works closely with the U.S. EPA through continual funding and support. Located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma; the CNEP consists of 36 support and environmental professionals who are specialized in various aspects of environmental media and are the lead agency for the Inter-Tribal Environmental Council (ITEC). The Inter-Tribal Environmental Council is a consortium of tribes from Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. Currently, there are 41 member tribes within ITEC, who take advantage of various training opportunities including GPS and GIS training. ITEC has two ESRI authorized staff and one Trimble Certified trainer and a mobile lab that is can utilize at any tribal headquarters or training location. The staff has a wealth of knowledge and provides solid support in various aspects of GIS and GPS technology. The CNEP and ITEC has also been the lead on several GIS and Information Exchange projects nationally.
James Rattling Leaf
Sinte Gleska University
An Interactive Community mapping demonstration focused on the Black Hills of South Dakota, developed by the Tribal University, Sinte Gleska University and the Sicangu Policy Institute as an educational endeavor to ultimately establish the relevance of GIS and related information technologies to a broad range of learners. This demonstration accomplishes the task through GIS data layer maps, historical and current aerial photography, imagery from space, Lakota language, culture and partnerships.

Tentative - Keith Longshore
Bureau of Indian Affairs
National Geospatial Resource Center

Tuesday, August 5, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM . . . MODERATOR David Gadsden
    -Native/First Nations Program: Indigenous Knowledge for Future Generations
Around the world, indigenous communities face great challenges in maintaining traditional knowledge. This session will discuss programs to enable native communities to collect and manage traditional knowledge in a GIS.
Cathy Needham
Organized Village of Kasaan

In a joint project with ESRI, the Organized Village of Kasaan began developing an interactive GIS database that houses traditional Tribal natural resource information as well as current natural resource and environmental information. We will present our GIS database, demonstrating the type of in multimedia information that can be incorporated into it. The project will assist the Tribe in educating future generations of Kasaan residents as well as be used as outreach for future economic development in tourism.

Juan Cancel
Seminole Tribe of Florida - Tribal Historic Preservation Office

In recent years, the documentation of the indigenous past is one that has been strengthened by the incorporation of geographic technologies. The examples utilized in this paper are based on experiences at a Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO). Specifically, THPO has utilized GIS to: describe the cultural boundaries of native peoples, relate the past to the present using Historical GIS, and to integrate archaeological databases, oral histories, and traditions with scientific tools (i.e., GPS, GPR). This approach has fostered a new interpretation of native culture and history and, at the same time, has facilitated the appreciation of native customs, traditions, and importance through GIS.

Tuesday, August 5, 12:30 – 1:30 PM Native Geography Special Interest Group . . . MODERATOR David Gadsden
Martin Fetridge
Division Chief - IT Special Services, Office of Information Operations

David Gadsden - ESRI
NW Federal Account Manager

Tuesday, August 5, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM . . . MODERATOR David Gadsden
    -Native/First Nations Program: GIS for Indigenous Communities
GIS is being adopted broadly across indigenous communities around the world. This session will focus on real applications of GIS to solve the many challenges facing native communities.
Miles Henriksen
Coeur d'Alene Tribe
In 2007 Native Names Project was expanded to bring other Tribes into the project. With a grant to provide training to participating Tribes training was held to teach participating Tribes the methodology of entering their names into the database. With the success of the training session the project was invited to the Tlingit and Haida GIS User Conference to speak. Follow up has continued and tribes have continued to add their audio, photos, and video to the project. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe also maintains an Internet Map Server on its website and in 2007-2008 it has updated its IMS map as well as adding a KML version of the Native Names Map for use in Google Earth. The Tribe has recently been awarded another grant from the USGS to continue outreach and training to other Tribes and another training session was held in Grand Ronde, OR.

Breece Robertson
The Trust for Public Land
In partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), the Quinault Indian Nation undertook a research effort to catalogue and study its properties using TPL’s computer mapping system called Greenprinting, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) application for better understanding land use. The mapping project was the first step in developing a real estate and finance strategy for creating a sustainable program of land consolidation and conservation for the QIN. The goal of the project was to develop a framework for a conservation program that preserves the Quinault Nation culture and traditions; protects key natural lands and waters; and supports economically and ecologically sustainable management of the natural resources of the Quinault Reservation.

Tuesday, August 5, 3:15 PM–4:30 PM . . . MODERATOR David Gadsden
    -Native/First Nations Program: Enterprise GIS for Tribal Government
GIS is increasingly being implemented at the enterprise level within tribal governments. This session will feature programs that are taking GIS to the next level by integrating geospatial systems with other key IT systems to spatially enable tribal governments.
Volker Mell
Confederated tribes of grand Ronde
In 2007 the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community in Oregon decided as an outcome of a strategic GIS assessment to develop an enterprise wide GIS solution.
The planning phase, first implementations and planned future developments are topic of this presentation. The use of ARCGIS Desktop 9.2 and the development of an ARSDE Geodatabase, together with extensive training of GIS stakeholders, improved the level of use of GIS and increased the productivity of the GIS users. The Natural Resources department of the Tribes decided to switch to ArcPad and GPS-Analyst for their GPS units, to integrate with the developed Geodatabase system. The future development of customized GIS applications with ARCGIS server will provide access for a greater number of CTGR employees to GIS technology. The presentation shows the positive changes that can be accomplished by developing an Enterprise GIS for a smaller tribal administration.

Grant Timentwa
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
ArcGIS Server provides a complete server-based GIS system that supports the use of centrally managed spatial data for mapping and analysis. The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is currently using the technology to disseminate and share GIS data to other end users within the organization. We have developed out-of-the-box Web applications using ArcGIS Server for our Tribal realty and public works departments. We have utilized these applications to examine parcel ownership and sewer and water utilities within the Reservation boundaries. This has helped us meet the need for a growing number of end users who need access to GIS data. This workshop is for other organizations who have interest in developing a Web based GIS solution that is easy to implement and administer without being a programmer.

Marci Cary
Southern Ute Indian Tribe
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has spent the last two years building an enterprise GIS. We have compiled datasets on the SUIT reservation and throughout the southwestern United States where we have business prospects and interests. The GIS is used by both Tribal Government and business interests of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Business interests span several states and consist of pipeline companies, real estate development, gas production, and aggregate mining. We will discuss our implementation process, lessons learned and keys to success. We will also focus on data sources and resources that we have used to develop our GIS which may help other Native American Tribes.

(Added Event for Native/First Nations GIS: Kim Homan, GIS Database Manager, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Alaska Region, Natural Resources: Cook Inlet Fire Risk Assessment Atlas: The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Alaska Regional Office, Fire Management Program is preparing a Fire Risk Assessment for Native Allotments. The accompanying atlas uses the ArcGIS PLTS Atlas extension to display each Native Allotment's related risk and resource values in an atlas format. BIA will distribute the atlases to cooperating fire suppression agencies and tribes in the region. Unlike all of the tuesday events in the Conservation Hall, this added Event will take place in the Federal Showcase – Demonstration Theater Wednesday, August 5th , Please note the Federal Showcase is located on the ground floor of the SDCC on the North End of the building. Walk past the vendor booths to the back (West) side of the room and look for the large “Federal Showcase” Banner in the center of the room. )




Theater 2 Wed: Climate Change Theater

Follow-On sessions are to allow for extended discussions of topics and issues raised in the formal Climate Change Sessions over in Room 32A. Interested parties are invited to adjourn to the Climate Change Theater in 20D following any Climate Change session they wish to discuss further

Wednesday, August 6, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM
Wednesday, August 6, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM
    -GIS Methods for Climate Change Follow-on talks/demos
Wednesday, August 5, 12 noon – 1:00 PM
    -Carbon Management and Climate Change GIS User Group

Wednesday, August 6, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM . . . MODERATOR: TNC
    -Demonstrating Ecosystem-based Management on Long Island, NY: Decision Support for Coastal Hazard Mitigation and Biodiversity Conservation, Presenter: Caitlyn Toropova, Program Coordinator, Global Marine Initiative, TNC (CA)

    -Tools for Marine Conservation: Coral Reef Resilience, Leasing and Ownership Within Ocean and Coastal Waters, and Ecosystem-Based Management, Presenter: Caitlyn Toropova, Program Coordinator, Global Marine Initiative, TNC (CA)

Wednesday, August 6, 3:15 PM–4:30 PM


Wednesday, August 6, 4:45 PM–6:00 PM
    -Conservation and Invasive Species Problems Follow-on talks/demos


Thursday, August 7, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM
Thursday, August 7, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM
    -GIS for Land Use and Land ChangeFollow-on talks/demos
Thursday, August 7 12 noon – 1:00 PM
    -Planet Action Imagery Grants Program
Thursday, August 7, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM
    -Integration of GIS & Remote Sensing for Monitoring Env Change Follow-on talks/demos
Thursday, August 7, 3pm HALL CLOSES



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