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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 State Parks Page, Ca . Text Lists of all parks, and web pages on several. (see also CERES state parks site .

George Wright Society, Mi . (The George Wright Society P.O. Box 65 Hancock, Michigan 49930-0065 USA Tel:906-487-9722 Fax: 906-487-9405 "The GWS is a nonprofit association of researchers, managers, administrators, educators, and other professionals who work on behalf of the scientific and heritage values of protected areas.".. Their Activities: "Publishing a quarterly journal (The George Wright Forum), Holding biennial conferences, Producing a variety of publications on park research and management issues, Providing references to Internet resources for professionals working in cultural and natural parks and protected areas, and Serving as a clearinghouse for inquiries. " Their Conference sections also include papers and abstracts on a wide variety of Park GIS topics.

Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation Wi e99 . (207 East Buffalo Street, Suite 515, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5712 tel:414-278-8518 or 800-227-0046 Fax:414-278-8665 NPS alternate site) ."We are the non-profit land trust (501c3) working to preserve the landscape of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the organization primarily responsible for the actual construction and maintenance of the Trail. Since 1958, our goal has been to build, maintain, protect and promote the 1,000+ mile Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. We work closely with the National Park Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), local communities, businesses and over 2,600 volunteers." . Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation Map Buffet : "The Ice Age Trail Map Buffet is a web site that you can visit to create your very own customized Ice Age Trail maps. If you like a map with topographic information, all the public lands or open space, and dispersed camping areas, the Map Buffet is the place for you! " see also the ECP conf paper: "GIS Assists the Ice Age National Scenic Trail" .

Instituto Nacional de Parques, (Inparques), Venezuela e98 . (Apartado Postal 76.471, Caracas, Venezuela 1070 tel: 235-78-73 GIS Contact: Luiz Ramirez, LRAMIREZF@HOTMAIL.COM) see their MAP . " INPARQUES had no existing GIS capability, and in August 1997, requested the advice and guidance of the NPS on GIS implementation. Leslie Armstrong (WASO NRID National GIS Program Director) and David Best (GIS Coordinator, Redwood National Park) traveled to Venezuela between September 22 and September 30, 1997 to evaluate local need, existing capability, and available expertise. Here are some bits and pieces of their trip report:"

National Parks and Conservation Association, Dc .(National Parks and Conservation Association 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 1-800-NAT-PARKS 202-223-6722 ) "America's only private, non-profit citizen organization dedicated solely to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the U.S. National Park System." see Park Activist Network "Become one of 40,000 NPCA Park Activists taking action on park issues across the country! Joining the network is FREE and you do not have to be an NPCA member" Example: Action Alerts: Big Cypress National Preserve "...This magnified copy of the North of Fifty Mile Bend trails, created from the original mapping data acquired by a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request, shows the dense network of extremely numerous individual "trails" (the fine lines). "

National Park Service Parks List. National list for all parks. See also the PARK MAPS section for online park tourist maps: "National Park Service maps can be downloaded from this web site to your desktop computer."

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Ny, c98 . (156 Ramapo Valley Road (Route 202), Mahwah, NJ 07430 tel:(201) 512-9348 E-mail: Gis contact: Walter Daniels ) "The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is a federation of more than 85 hiking and environmental organizations and 10,000 individuals dedicated to building and maintaining marked hiking trails and protecting related open space in the bi-state region. Our constituent clubs have a combined membership of over 100,000....The TC was founded in 1923 and has a long history of fighting for open space preservation, including the landmark Storm King Pumped Storage Project and more recently Sterling Forest. ...Many of the trails in the NY area are partly on private land or newly expanding state lands. There are two major trail systems being worked on, the Highlands Trail from the Hudson River to the Delaware River and the Long Path from the George Washington Bridge to north of the Catskills (eventually heading for the Adirondaks). Both of these projects involve extensive land negotiations, plotting tax maps and determining alternate routes. A GIS system will help us track this process better. Frequently, as in the case of the Sterling Forest negotiations, viewshed analysis of what is visible from where on proposed purchases is needed....The TC's current maps were all produced with old fashioned methods on mylar masters, but we need to be able to produce new maps and changes to the old maps using modern digital cartography." see also The New York Highlands GIS User's Group . see their Clickable Overview MAP . SEARCH .

NPS Cultural Resources Heritage Preservation Services . (National Center for Cultural Resources Stewardship & Partnership Programs, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, NC330 Washington, D.C. 20240, Tel:(202) 343-9583 E-mail: "Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service, helps our nation's citizens and communities identify, evaluate, protect and preserve historic properties for future generations of include State Historic Preservation Offices, local governments, tribes, federal agencies, colleges, and non-profit organizations...HPS USES THE LATEST IN COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES TO HELP ITS PROJECT PARTNERS CONDUCT RESEARCH AND PLAN FOR THE PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES." PROGRAMS: The Historic Preservation Planning Program "provides guidance and technical assistance to states, tribes, local governments, and federal agencies as they plan for the preservation of their important historic resources.". .The Cultural Resources Diversity Initiative "is a long-term capital investment effort to place a greater number of individuals representing all the nation's cultural and ethnic groups in historic preservation/cultural resources practitioner and management jobs." . .The Tribal Preservation Program "works with Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Groups, and Native Hawaiians to preserve and protect resources and traditions that are of importance to Native Americans." . ..The Historic Landscape Initiative helps define and protect the nation's designed and vernacular landscapes by promoting responsible preservation practices." . .. Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS), (see main entry below)

NPS Cultural Resources Mapping & GIS Division (Cultural Resource Mapping Services, Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, NC330, Washington DC 20240 Contact: Kathleen Madigan at (202) 343-9516; fax (202) 343-3921 e-mail: ) CRGIS is "located within a unique facility in Washington, D.C., uses Global Positioning System technology and Geographic Information Systems to create computer images and spatial data for historic maps, census records, and historic site inventories. In so doing, CRGIS helps its partners access, exchange, and distribute accurate information about the location, status, and condition of historic and archeological resources nationwide." Since 1990 the CRGIS has "assisted 20 National Park units, State Historic Preservation Offices, and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in developing their GIS databases. " see: Mapping & Preservation Inventory Tool (MAPIT): "MAPIT is designed to organize historic resource inventories in a computerized database with sophisticated mapping capabilities, and combines information about where historic properties are located with information about how these properties look."(see under ECP Software/Methods page) Don't miss their "GIS PAPERS & REPORTS" . Current National GIS Projects: Civil War Battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia . Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park . National Historic Landmark, Geographic Information System Program , see also: Examples of GIS Applications in the NPS ..

NPS National GIS Program: . ( P.O. Box 25287, Denver, CO 80225-0287 Phone: (303) 969-2964 Fax: (303) 969-2822 Contact: Leslie Armstrong, National Park Service National GIS Coordinator, EMail: ) "As recently as 1987, there were only four national parks with operational GIS's. Currently there are about 200 and it is expected that over the next 5 years there will be many more parks utilizing GIS technology to manage park resources. The GIS Program is aimed at implementing GIS in the parks and institutionalizing the use of GIS throughout the Service for planning, cultural and natural resource management, scientific research, interpretation and other management functions." NPS National GIS Contacts and support centers . . . Available GIS data and Metadata from the NPS : This data is free of charge, in ArcInfo, ArcView and Atlas formats, including Park Boundaries . See also Regional Data Sets for regional and park-specific data. . Don't Miss: Applications of GIS in the National Park Service, (see paper entries below) including: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve . Lake Mead NRA . Mammoth Cave Groundwater Basin . National Parks to be Photographed from the Space Shuttle: "The National Park Service (NPS) will utilize the space shuttle photography to fill the data gap between aerial photography and satellite imagery. Data will be extracted through image processing and visual photo interpretation to gain knowledge about trends and changes in the natural resources of national parks and related ecosystems. " the USGS Speclab is using Imaging Spectroscopy to map park vegetation and ecosystems at several parks, including: Arches and Canyonlands, Dinosaur National Monument, Joshua Tree, Organ Pipe Cactus, Petrified Forest, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain National Park . Don't Miss the National NPS GIS Newsletters, for interesting stories, profiles and technical tips . SEARCH page .

All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

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


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