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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)

Adopt a Stream Foundation, Wa cs98 . ( Adopt A Stream Foundation, 600 128th Street SE, Everett, WA 98208, United States of America tel:425-316-8592 fax:425-338-1423 ) "The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation (AASF) was established in 1985 to ensure that Pacific Northwest streams continue to provide spawning and rearing habitat for wild salmon, steelhead and trout while also continuing to serve a recreational and commercial function for our growing population. . " ONLINE GIS DATA . "The Habitat Restoration Crew is currently surveying culverts for fish blockage/barrier problems on streams in Snohomish County and north King County. These data are being entered into a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database and will be used by decision makers in local municipalities, counties and at the state level to plan restoration projects. The database is still under construction. Check Field Notes for more information on the culvert survey and how you can help."

American Rivers, Dc .(1025 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 720, Washington, D.C. 20005 Phone: (202) 347-7550 Fax: (202) 347-9240 "American Rivers is a national conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring America's river systems and to fostering a river stewardship ethic. The organization was founded in 1973 to expand the number of rivers protected by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System."

The American River Conservancy, CA, c97 (P.O. Box 562 Coloma, California 95613 (916) 621-1224 GIS Contact: Sue Britting . "A local organization committed to the protection of the South Fork of the American River through education, stewardship, and conservation...Since its inception in 1989, the Conservancy has placed more than 2,000 acres of significant habitat into the public trust, working with such agencies as the Bureau of Land Management, the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and others...A.R.C. provides school programs to between 3,000 and 4,000 school children each year" GIS PROGRAM: "The American River Conservancy received a hardware and software package from CTSP in May 1997. Since that time we have assemble coverages for natural features, human created features, and social/political information relevant to El Dorado County. We have been working with an ecologist with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to develop a model of that displays the effects of residential and commercial development on the integrity of oak woodlands in the county. This model will assist us in identifying lands that are important to the conservation of woodland habitat values. An important element to our database is the county land use and parcel map.. The Conservancy wishes to use a GIS as a component of Partners for Habitat to assist in the development of : 1) a system of wildlife corridors and habitat reserves to provide the linkage of important habitat throughout El Dorado County; 2) a regional database which provides information on El Dorado County in one location accessible to other non-profit organizations and interested individuals; 3) an easily and readily accessible database of observations of the natural environment collected by the community; 4) map products that link the spatial dimensions of the habitat reserve system with observations from the community regarding habitat characteristics, wildlife movement, and wildlife abundance. Through the analysis of vegetation type, wildlife habitat relationships, streams and rivers, topography, and land ownership, all of which are available digitally for our region from various federal, state, and county agencies, we will be able to identify and prioritize biologically important lands in an efficient manner. Topographic coverages and digitized parcel maps from the county will allow us to delineate watershed groups or neighborhoods and create mailing lists for residents in these areas. These lists will be used to solicit interest in land conservation on a local level. A great deal of digital information is available from county, state and federal data bases for our region, but it is housed in many remote and not easily accessed sites. A central location or clearing house for digital information pertaining to El Dorado County will benefit the conservation efforts of the Conservancy and local non-profit organizations actively involved in the protection of natural resources. The Conservancy has initiated a community mapping project. The GIS will be used to store, organize, and manipulate the information on wildlife distributions and plant communities collected by participants. Map products will be used to display the progress of the mapping project and link observations made across the county."

Chattooga River Watershed Coalition, GA c95 . (POB 2006, Clayton, GA 30525, tel: (706) 782-6097, E-mail: ) (ecp feature story)

Clinton River Watershed Council MI e98 . (1970 Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills, MI, 48307-4803 tel:248.853.9580 Director: Jeanna M. Paluzzi, . GIS contact: Matt Mistor ) GIS PLAN: " track, assess, display current conditions and model trends in the watershed. These conditions include the extent of urbanization, impervious surfaces (buildings, roads, parking lots etc.), land use (industrial, commercial, residential, agricultural, open space) and terrestrial and aquatic habitat. The data for this system will be obtained from USEPA, MDEQ, MDOT, South Eastern Michigan Council Of Governments, local units of government and some Council-collected data. Cartographic products will be produced to display conditions in the watershed and used in our outreach and education programs for local governments, citizen and project advisory committees, local residents and other concerned groups depending on their particular focus. GIS capability allows for more informed permit reviews, better documentation and display of survey results and management plans. "

Fox-Wolf Basin 2000, Wi e98 . (103 W. College Ave., Suite 709, Appleton, WI 54911 tel:920-738-7025 . Gis contact: Bruce Johnson ) "a broadly based, independent, not- for-profit (501(c)(3)) organization dedicated to ensuring cost-effective public policy and private action to achieve and maintain high-quality surface waters in Wisconsin's Fox-Wolf River Basin (6,000 sq. miles). We have employed modelling techniques in the past to help guide public policy toward more efficient use of watershed-resource management funds. Results from our first modelling attempts have been used, in part, by the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resouces to determine which watersheds should be placed on Wisconsin's Priority Watershed list. "

Friends of the Garcia, Point Arena , CA e94 . (P.O. Box 916, Point Arena, CA 95468 Contact Peter Dobbins, ) "(FROG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Garcia River and the intelligent civic planning within it's watershed. Activities: public awareness, litigation, aerial photo mapping, stream temperature and flow monitoring; Timber Harvest Plans and gravel mining concerns.

Grand Cal Task Force, Whiting , IN e93 .(2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394 (219) 473-4246 "The Grand Calumet Task Force is a community environmental organization which works to improve the land, air and water quality of the Grand Calumet River and the urban ecosystem that surrounds it and to achieve environmental justice for the people of Northwest Indiana...The Grand Calumet River, located in the northwest corner of Indiana, has been a dump for industrial toxins and municipal sewage for almost a century. The Grand Calumet Task Force is working to clean up the river and surrounding areas." SEARCH .

Henry's Fork Foundation, ID e97 . (PO Box 550 Ashton, ID 83420 Phone: (208) 652-3567 FAX: (208) 652-3568, Email ) "The Henry's Fork Foundation is a nonprofit, member-based organization founded in 1984 to preserve and protect the unique qualities of the Henry's Fork watershed located in eastern Idaho. The Henry's Fork Foundation is very active in regional decision-making and policy. Project areas: Creel and Angler Survey, Habitat Assessment on the Upper Henry's Fork, Hydrologic Analysis, Native Trout Inventory, Trout Population Dynamics, Watershed Mapping. . ...The Watershed Center (Jonathan Wheatley GIS Manager, Research Associate, Henry's Fork Watershed Center, email: also houses a Geographic Information System (GIS), which allows us to analyze spatially distributed data, such as the locations of good trout habitat in the Henry's Fork watershed. " Projects: aquatic habitat, trout population and stream-reach inventories in our large watershed in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Sheridan Creek river restoration project (EPA grant), St. Anthony Riverside Trail project, and the Lower Henry's Fork Public River Access project. "Our use of ArcInfo products has enabled us to plan and communicate the results of our river-restoration projects and our scientific research in aquatic ecology and fish habitat. We have mapped our ongoing, watershed-wide aquatic habitat assessment covering a drainage area the size of Connecticut in the headwaters of the Snake River in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. As part of our education and outreach mission, we have shown ArcInfo maps to local schoolchildren, residents of our rural communities, and to the many tourists and fly-fishing enthusiasts who visit Yellowstone National Park, in the eastern part of our watershed. "

Herring Run Watershed Association, Md e99 . (4337 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214 tel:410-254-1577 fax:410-254-1066 GIS contact: Peter G. Conrad) "HRWA's mission is to improve the environmental quality of the Herring Run watershed for the mutual benefit of its communities and the Chesapeake Bay. ...The Herring Run Watershed Association (HRWA) began in 1993 with an extensive stream survey that mobilized over 200 volunteers and culminated in a report to the Baltimore City Council. Since that beginning, HRWA has coordinated the planting of thousands of trees in the Herring Run's riparian buffer, organized five "Spring Migration Festivals" attracting over 2000 people each spring. These festivals provide a great opportunity for networking and give government and non-profit environmental education groups exposure. HRWA has published newsletters, conducted a dozen environmental education workshops and organized 14 stream teams. We have utilized over 10,000 hours from volunteers in 1998. ...All together, more than one thousand trees were planted and maintained along the stream valley...HRWA's GIS goal is to organize an inter-jurisdictional watershed plan. As we develop our GIS capabilities, we have partnered with other local conservation organizations including the Jones Falls Watershed Association, the Gwynns Falls Watershed Association and Community Forestry. We have formed a GIS committee with these groups and will encourage their active use of our system. When possible, we have sought the necessary spatial data to cover their geographic areas as well as our own. "

Huron River Watershed Council, Ann Arbor , MI c95 . (1100 N. Main St., Suite 210, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 tel:(734) 769-5123 GIS contact: Kris Olsson: ) "Michiganís oldest regional river protection organization. Formed by Huron Valley in 1965, the Council is a public, nonprofit coalition of citizens and Huron Valley communities. The mission of the Council is to inspire attitudes, behaviors, and economies that protect, rehabilitate, and sustain the Huron River System. GIS PROGRAM: "The Huron River Watershed Council has spent most of this first year building our GIS system, gathering data, and configuring the data to make it workable for our system. The second major component of GIS, data collection and formatting, has taken the bulk of our staff time. The Watershed Council has collected the following data layers: - Land Use/Cover (Anderson Level Classification) taken from aerial photography flown in 1978 and in 1990 - Soils digitized from Soil Conservation Books - Base maps of roads, waterways - Watershed boundaries, digitized from Watershed Council maps - Groundwater data, taken from well logs filled in by drillers for each well drilled in Michigan - Presettlement data - digitized from the original General Land Office surveys as they walked across the state and inventoried the landscape and plant communities - Michigan Natural Features Inventory ...Using GIS, staff at the Watershed Council have modelled phosphorus loadings to the River from middle Huron Creeksheds. From this information, policy makers can target which areas on which to focus in the pollution reduction strategy" NEW FULL COLOR WATERSHED MAP AVAILABLE

All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

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


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