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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)

California League of Conservation Voters, Ca e97 . (1212 Broadway, Suite 630 Oakland, CA 94612 Phone: (510) 271-0900 FAX: (510) 271-0901 Gis contact: Sarah Rose, Political Director " The California League of Conservation Voters will use ArcView and GIS technology to better understand our membership. A geographic representation of our membership will allow us to provide better and more specific information about environmental issues in their local community. GIS Technology will also provide us the ability to represent to our members and to other environmental organizations who is the appropriate elected representative for areas with particular environmental issues, eg. air or water quality problems, environmental justice violations, proximity to pollutions sources, etc. " Don't Miss the Environmental Scorecard .

Conception Coast Project, Ca c98 . (3887 State Street Suite 24, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, Phone: (805) 687-2073 Fax: (805) 687-5103, ) NEW: Map Gallery On Line, "These maps by our Science Program are produced to aid regional conservation groups, create awareness and protect our natural heritage of the Conception Coast Region." . Science Program Update : "We mapped the locations of over 400 special, threatened or endangered species in a GIS. We mapped the riparian zones of coastal watersheds and assessed the rarity and diversity of vegetation types. In March, we held an expert workshop where we found strong correlations between our GIS conservation assessment and the knowledge of the biological experts. " . "The Conception Coast region is a watershed-defined region of the South-Central Coast. The region serves as a geologic, topographic and climatic transition zone supporting a rich diversity of ecosystems. These ecosystems harbor approximately 1,400 native species, of which more than 140 are endemic to the region....The CCP Science Program is divided into two complementary efforts: 1) gathering and providing ecological information to the key players in the land use process, namely land trusts, environmental non-profit organizations, and eventually government agencies, and 2) developing a reserve design for the region via the Landscape Mosaic Evaluation Process (LMEP)....The LMEP is a methodology that integrates a range of scientific knowledge, digital and non-digital information, analytical techniques, and feedback from the community into a geographic information system (GIS) to provide a decision support reference for land-use planning. The LMEP will result in a variety in products, including maps of existing resources, a ranking of landscapes of priority for conservation, alternative landscape mosaics that would protect ecological integrity, and recommendations for a long term land preservation and management strategy. " .

Coyote Creek Riparian Station, Ca c98 . (closed, bird program moved to San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory)(P.O. Box 1027 Alviso, California U.S.A.) "CCRS has been working for over fifteen years to understand the processes that make riparian ecosystems and riparian habitats such valuable habitats. During the last five years we have heavily depended on GPS and GIS to 1. Collect and analyze the data, 2. Display our findings, and 3. Provide access to these data via the web, and provide the impetus to analyze creek and watershed issues on a regional basis. " The San Francisquito Creek watershed project data is now available at the San Francisco Estuary Institute Site .

Endangered Species Recovery Program, Fresno CA c95 . (Endangered Species Recovery Program, 1900 N. Gateway #101, Fresno, CA 93727, Tel: 559 453 1103, GIS Contact: Scott Phillips Email: ) The Endangered Species Recovery Program is a cooperative research program on biodiversity conservation in central California, administered by California State University, Stanislaus Foundation. Site includes vegetation map of the Project Area. and Free GIS coverages download area. "Since our CTSP GIS award, we have built the most comprehensive database of upland species in the San Joaquin Valley and other parts of Central California. Through cooperation with other organizations and agencies, we have been able to share data and build a base GIS system for use in regional planning of endangered species recovery. "

Environmental Protection Information Center, Ca e97. . (P.O. Box 397, Garberville, CA 95542, tel:(707) 923-2931 Fax:923-4210 email: "The Environmental Protection Information Center in Garberville, CA. has been working to protect biodiversity and ancient forests on the North Coast of California for over a decade. Our current focus is protecting Headwaters Forest, the largest unprotected ancient redwood forest in the world. " see their Activist Resources page . see the Intertribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council . and . Friends of Gilham Butte reports .

Forest Sentinels In Science, Inc, Mcloud CA c96 (Box 888-801 Oak St., McCloud CA tel: 916-964-3153, email: ) .

Friends of Gilham Butte, Ca . Friends of Gilham Butte reports

Klamath Forest Alliance, Ca . (P.O. Box 820, Etna, Calif. 96029, (530) 467-5405, ) "Klamath Forest Alliance (KFA), a non-profit organization, was formed in 1989 as a powerful local voice for the forest ecosystems and human communities of this area. KFA supports a small staff and a large network of volunteers on issues ranging from local to national in scope. "

Klamath GIS Project, Ca 95 . (Douglas Allen Dept. of Landscape Architecture 202 Wurster Hall University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: . Gis Contact: Phil Towle See also under Trinity Community GIS ) "This on-line catalogue provides information about GIS data sets that exist in the Klamath area. The catalogue was designed in a series of development workshops held around the Province with the input of over 150 Klamath based GIS users from agencies, businesses and non-governmental organizations."

Greenbelt Alliance, CA e93 c96 . (Main Office: 530 Bush Street, Suite 303, San Francisco CA 94108 PH: (415)398-3730 FAX: (415)398-6530 Exec. Director: Tom Steinbach. ) "Greenbelt Alliance is the leading land conservation organization in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area. Formed in 1958, our mission is to protect the 3.8 million acre Greenbelt of farmlands, watersheds, parks and other productive open space through citizen action, research and education, and advocacy. "...Don't miss their great collection of GIS Analyses Maps of At-Risk Lands .

Greeninfo Network, Ca: . ( GreenInfo Network, 116 New Montgomery Suite 640, San Francisco CA 94105, E-mail:, PH: 415-979-0343, FAX: 415-543-1093, Larry Orman, Director) "We're here to help non-profits and public service organizations take advantage of the power of Geographic Information Systems -- computer based mapping. Established in 1996, our primary focus is California, although we also do limited work in other parts of the U.S." Begun as a project of the Greenbelt Alliance in 1995, Greeninfo Network currently manages the Conservation Technology Support Program, a joint ESRI-HP GIS grants program. Don't miss: What you can DO with GIS . What you need to use GIS . Data available to our associates . and Great GIS links .

Mattole Restoration Council, Ca e94 . (PO Box 160, Petrolia, CA 95558 tel:(707) 629-3509 . GIS Contact: F. Jeremy Wheeler ) "In the fall of 1997 we at the Mattole Restoration Council (MRC) received a great boon to our work in the form of an ESRI Environmental Conservation Program (ECP) grant of PC ARC/INFO, ArcView 3.0a, Spatial Analyst 3.0 and two training courses in Redlands for our GIS technician. Thus began our GIS program, fulfilling a goal held by the MRC for over 5 years. In one short year our accomplishments with our GIS program have exceeded our greatest expectations. This work has become "absolutely indispensable," as put by one of our colleagues working towards the restoration and conservation of the Mattole Watershed. We have amassed an extensive collection of GIS data focused on the Mattole Watershed. We have developed maps that are integral parts of proposals and campaigns to protect critical forestlands from inappropriate logging. We have completed a GIS-based watershed analysis for our turbidity monitoring project. We have digitized our own old-growth forest layer. We have aided other local conservation groups such as the Mattole Salmon Group, and Sanctuary Forest, Inc. in their mapping needs. We have contributed data to a widely distributed CD ROM called KRIS COHO which is aimed at disseminating scientific information to the public regarding Pacific Lumber Company's Habitat Conservation Plan. The list of accomplishments goes on and on. In 1999 we are moving forward with our GIS program, including community GIS education, data development, and continued service to the restoration and conservation workers of the Mattole Valley. " see also The Mattole Restoration Council: Cooperation or Conflict? (by Freeman House ): "Controversy about timber harvest practices in the Mattole (and elsewhere in the Klamath Province) is old enough to buy a drink in California. Most of the arguments have centered on the California Forest Practices Act, a book of rules that has grown to formidable size as understanding of forest health has grown more sophisticated. Enforcing the rules adequately would require that the Departments of Forestry, Fish & Game, and Water Quality double and triple their current level of field staffing...The gap has been filled by a small army of volunteer citizen paralegals who spend their evenings wrestling with the Forest Practice Act in the hope of slowing down the disappearance of the forests and fisheries that contribute so much to their quality of life. This little army is often out-gunned by a smaller but much more well-compensated platoon of lawyers whose charge it is to keep things as they are....For the twelve or so years that the Mattole Restoration Council (MRC) has been monitoring THPs in the Mattole basin, it has done its share of letterwriting. But rather than pursuing litigation, the MRC has worked to attempt to solve the problems of interpretation while standing on the site under discussion‹with the landowner and the RPF, and where possible, with the neighbors who are most likely to be affected. With surprising regularity, we have found that when the arguments are refocused on how an actual stream crossing is to be designed or which trees are actually going to be cut, it is possible for many disputes to be resolved both in the context of landscape health and in the context of the landowner's economic needs.....By taking a cooperative and site-specific approach to a particular timber harvest plan, we began to learn to deal with the landscape on its own terms, rather than exclusively through the generic lens of science or centralized regulations. We didn't come up with a one-equation-fits-all answer to the question of how to codify the zero net sediment regulation. But we did witness a forest that had given up a sizable volume of building materials while maintaining its moist cool tree-growing soils along with the habitat structures that support its wildlife...."

Mendocino Environmental Center, Ca. . (106 W. Standley Ukiah, CA 95482 Phone: (707) 468-1660 Fax: (707) 462-2370 Contact person: Lynda McClure email: "The Mendocino Environmental Center is a non-profit organization which began in March 1987 with the purpose of promoting the conservation, restoration and wise use of the Earth's natural resources and to provide a facility where the public can work together to achieve this purpose.

All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

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


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