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Bucks County Audubon Society Pa e98 (6324 Upper York Road, New Hope, PA 18938, Phone: 215-297-5880, Fax: 215-297-0835, With more than 2300 members, BCAS is one of the largest citizen membership groups representing environmental and ecological interests in Bucks County. The Bucks County Audubon Society has collected 200 years worth of birding data, making its collection a valuable resource. This data has already been used in several projects including the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Index, the Bucks County Natural Resources Inventory, the Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas, and a book, The Birds of Bucks County.

Canaan Valley Institute Wv e98 (P.O. Box 673, WV 26260, Phone: 800-922-3601, Fax: 304-463-4739). GIS contact: Matt Sherald, Canaan Valley Institute is a dedicated and diverse team of scientists, landscape ecologists, economists and business professionals, watershed resources specialists, geographic information systems analysts, software developers, community and program developers, grant writers, and a highly skilled support staff, all working for the sustainability of communities in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands. Its GIS program seeks to inform decisions through advanced geospatial information & technologies; provide tools and information to promote economic & environmental sustainability; and provide a customized set of data, tools, and solutions to citizens, watershed groups, and decision-makers. CVI is engaged in a range of projects that directly support locally-lead initiatives. Some of the more intensive assistance this year has included GIS support to projects focused on source water protection, waste water alternatives, hazard mitigation, scenic byway development, community heritage assessments, and storm water management. CVI has developed a new position over the past year focused on teaching GIS theory and skills to our larger stakeholder constituency. So far, this year, more than 75 individuals have attended a CVI GIS course. In addition, CVI hosted a GIS Day celebration for local high school students. A college level internship program is also growing with three students working with CVI this summer and 2 graduate students being supported at Penn State Univ. and Univ. of Maryland. Go here for some examples of new GIS projects.

Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists (Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists National Office, P.O. BOX 962, Station F Toronto, ON Canada M4Y 2N9, E-mail: The Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists is a non-profit registered society whose primary focus is to further the conservation and prudent management of Canada's natural resources based on sound ecological principles.

Center for Biological Diversity (P.O. Box 710, Tucson AZ 85702-0710, Phone: 520-623-5252, Fax: 520-623-9797, E-mail: GIS contact: Curt Bradley, Combining conservation biology with litigation, policy advocacy, and an innovative strategic vision, the Center for Biological Diversity is working to secure a future for animals and plants hovering on the brink of extinction, for the wilderness they need to survive, and by extension for the spiritual welfare of generations to come. The organization uses GIS extensively in many of its campaigns to save wild places and their inhabitants.

Central Cascades Alliance, Or c99 (203 Second Street, P.O. Box 1104, Hood River, OR 97031, Phone: 541-387-2274, Fax: 541-387-3182, E-mail: GIS contact: Kimberly Burkland. The Central Cascades Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the long-term economic, cultural and biological sustainability of the Central Cascades community. We are motivated by the historical fact that societies that ignore the ecological health of the land surrounding them do not survive. CCA's region spans Washington and Oregon, extending from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Jefferson, with an emphasis on the area between Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Md e98 c99 (Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403, Phone: 410-268-8816, Fax: 410-269-0481, E-mail: The Foundation's Lands Program started the Lands-at-Risk Project to combine the benefits of GIS with grassroots organizing. Land-use is both a visual phenomenon and a local process. The task was to better educate citizens about the meaning of land-use to their lives, and help them take action to reform it. The Foundation mass-produced a map for each rural community in the project under pressure from growth -- two each in Maryland and Virginia. The maps clearly show the pattern of future development, and its impact on farmland, forests and wetlands.

Chicago Wilderness (Diane Trgovcich-Zacok, Science and Land Management Team Coordinator, Phone: 219-989-2015, E-mail: The Chicago Wilderness coalition is an unprecedented alliance of more than 140 public and private organizations working together to protect, restore, study and manage the precious natural ecosystems of the Chicago region for the benefit of the public. The GIS work being done for Chicago Wilderness involves technology, people, and data from Chicago Wilderness organizations. These organizations are using GIS for the restoration, protection, and management of the natural resources (natural lands, plants, and animals) in the Chicago Wilderness area.

ClearWater Conservancy of Central Pennsylvania, Inc. Pa c98 (2555 N. Ahterton St., State College, PA 16803, Phone: 814-237-0400, E-mail: The ClearWater Conservancy was founded in 1980 when a group of local citizens organized to work proactively with local government and developers to influence how inevitable growth could best avoid environmentally sensitive sites. From this humble beginning, ClearWater has grown to a countywide organization that positively influences planning decisions based upon sound conservation principles. The mission of the ClearWater Conservancy is to promote conservation and the responsible stewardship of the natural and historical resources of Central Pennsylvania.

Colorado Environmental Coalition, CO c96 (536 Wynkoop St #5C, Denver CO 80202, Phone: 303-534-7066, Fax: 303-534-7063, E-mail: The Colorado Environmental Coalition (CEC) is the largest state-based citizens' group committed to protecting Colorado's unique natural heritage. As the grassroots action arm of Colorado's environmental movement, the Coalition works to protect the state's wild lands, wildlife and quality of life. See the Citizen's Wilderness Proposal: Colorado Wilderness Map of 1999. The designation of the lands contained in this proposal will complete a Congressional goal established in 1976 -- namely, the extension of the National Wilderness Preservation System to lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Citizens' Wilderness Proposal was originally introduced as legislation by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette as the Colorado Canyon Country Wilderness Act of 1999. Meanwhile, the Colorado Environmental Coalition Wilderness Inventory Project spent countless hours "ground truthing" areas in the bill to bolster the argument that 1.6 million acres of roadless lands in Colorado merit wilderness designation. In March 2002, DeGette expanded her bill to include the wilderness-quality areas identified during the Coalition's inventory work, and reintroduced it as H.R. 4468, the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2002.

Colorado's Decision Support Systems (Colorado Dept of Natural Resources, Division of Water Resources, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 818 Denver, CO 80203). Colorado's Decision Support Systems (CDSS) is a water management system being developed by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Division of Water Resources. The goal of this system is to assist in making informed decisions regarding historic and future use of water. CDSS Products include CDSS GIS Data and Supporting Software: a variety of hydrological and climatological data available for download as ESRI shapefile.

Updated April, 2003


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