Conservation GIS Meeting 1992

Announcment: "In 1992 the "Conservation SIG" became the ESRI Conservation Program and was adopted as a formal ESRI program. The program had grown to over 60 organizations by this time, with a dozen beginning to have significant effect, such as Steve and Eric Beckwitt's presentation of Ancient Forest GIS maps to congress that year, and the first joint ESRI-Hewlett Packard computer grant to the Hoopa Tribe. At the 1992 ESRI Conference, the conservation track grew to 40 papers and close to 100 participants, and included the first Native American sessions in reflection of the first ECP tribal grants that year. The first ever Conservation Booth, based on ESRI's presentations at the Rio Earth Summit that year, was set up and run by Charles Convis and Shaw Thacher, and the Aqua Cliente Birdsinger welcoming ceremony attracted nearly 300 conference participants interested in the program. The James Reserve saw almost 20 residents and nearly 40 showed up for the Wednesday night "Conservation Potluck".























CONSERVATION GIS 1992 MEETING Photo, Palm Springs (click for larger version)


CONSERVATION GIS 1992 MEETING Photo, Palm Springs (click for larger version)




Charles Convis 1992 First Status Report on the Conservation Program:

"I am happy to report that the Conservation Program continues to be well supported by ESRI, and is in it's second year now. I have worked on over 50 GIS donations so far, and HP is becoming more and more interested along with Sun in helping out with workstation donations. Shaw Thacher and I are also talking with Dell about their interests in possible PC donations. Folks here at ESRI are also looking into an idea that may someday help some of you with travel. Like many businesses, ESRI employees accumulate frequent-flyer miles during business travel, and we think it might be possible to have excess miles donated to others to help send people here for scholarship training, or send conservation volunteers abroad to do on-site training. This is just an idea right now but one I would encourage all of you to pursue with any of your local supporters who do a lot of business travel or local airlines."

"I am pleased to see how many of the groups who started in GIS with donations last year are really coming into their own, building an impressive track record of accomplishments. Some of you are conducting briefings for congress and local officials using your GIS, others have gained enough expertise that you have begun reaching out to teach other conservation groups in your area. Many local battles have been joined and some even won, but we all have so much still ahead of us. It is more important than ever to stand by each other and look for ways that we can support each other's efforts. I think that GIS, where appropriately applied, is a very powerful tool that can help us fight on more equal terms with the various forces bent on demolishing our home planet. I share Thomas Jefferson's skepticism about the ability of governments or large institutions to do anything effective, in our case about population control, deforestation, biodiversity loss, global warming, etc. etc. etc. I assume that real change comes from individual citizens who decide to do something about the big problems they face, and who join together and empower themselves so those big problems don't seem so big any more."

"As many of you begin to collect information about your local environments and resources and build your GIS databases, you will eventually start to ask questions of your data, trying to get at the truth of what is going on in your ecosystems and what really needs to be done. I am concerned that there is not enough theoretical guidance for us in how to analyze environmental data to produce verifiable and defendable recommendations. I think a lot of this guidance will come from the relatively new field of Conservation Biology, and I am happy to note that some of the major figures in this field, such as Paul Ehrlich, Michael Soule, and Dennis Murphy, are beginning to become involved in our Conservation Program. I would like to start a dialog about this issue at this year's ESRI User Conference, beginning with our informal welcoming lunch on Tuesday, June 9.

   Dr. Michael Hamilton has kindly offered us the use of the James Reserve again this year, for those of you who cannot afford hotels in Palm Springs and don't mind the 40 minutes drive.  I need to know as soon as possible who is counting on staying at the reserve and when you wish to arrive and leave so I can get a count to Dr. Hamilton.   I am faxing maps of how to get to the reserve as well as to my house in Redlands, which you can use as a staging area on your way to the reserve to pick up any maps you have missed or last-minute messages on Saturday or Sunday. 

   We are also trying to organize car-pooling like last year, to accomodate people who can't afford car rentals.  If you are renting a car and will have space, please fax us to let us know when you will arrive, which airport (LAX or ONTARIO), and how long you'd be willing to hang around waiting for a passenger.  If you need a ride or a pickup, let us know.  If there are a few people coming in at the same time we might be able to send a car to pick you up or we will coordinate you with someone else.     "

Conservation Users 1992 Agenda

Monday, May 18, 1992

TUES LUNCH MEETING 12-1: Informal Welcoming Session to meet Dr. Ehrlich and each other, Aguas Calientes Birdsinger Dancers.


Paper 214 Title: Biodiversity Map Library
Name: Dr. Mark Collins
Organization: World Conservation Monitoring Centre               

Paper 222  Title: The Roles of GIS in Conservation.
Name: John F. McLaughlin, Dr. Stuart Weiss
Organization: CCB: Center for Conservation Biology                                  

Paper 213 Title: GIS: A Worldwide Problem.
Name: Jonathan Rhind 
Organization: World Conservation Monitoring Centre               


Paper 283 Title: GIS and the Design of the Integrated Protected Areas System of the Philippines
Name: Dr. Celso Roque
Organization: World Wildlife Fund, U.S.

Paper 163 Title A GIS Approach to Mapping Protected Areas for North America
Name: Karen Beardsley
Organization: University of California, NCGIA                                                                           

Paper 295 Title: The Cross Florida Greenbelt
Name: Dr. Paul Zwick 
Organization: University of Florida

TUE EVENING 5-8: Demo setup for Wed.

# 143      Wed 1    Landscape Level Biodiversity Planning

Paper 285 Title: GIS Tools for Biodiversity Asessments of Managed and Wild Landscapes
Name: Greg Greenwood
Organization: Calif. Forests and Rangelands Assessment Program         

Paper 308 Title: An Ecological Reserve System for the North Coast Basin of California
Name: George Tukel
Organization: North Coast Biodiversity         

Paper 192 Title: Mapping Landscape Heterogeneity for the Preservation of Biodiversity
Name: Dr. Peter August
Organization: University of Rhode Island     


Paper # Title: Advanced Methodologies for Biodiversity Reserve Design Using Remote Sensing and Community-based data with Arc/INFO, GRID, GPS and ERDAS.
Application Spotlight # Title: Demonstration of Multimedia Applications of ARCVIEW and ARC/INFO.
Name: Steve and Eric Beckwitt
Organization: Sierran Biodiversity Institute                                  

Paper 306 Title: A Case Study of FORPLAN Input Errors
Name: Jiri Doskocil, Timothy Bechtold
Organization: The Ecology Center  

WED LUNCH: Conservation Donors Open Roundtable, discuss needs and goals with potential hardware donors


Paper 288 Title The California Natural Diversity Database: A GIS Application for Biodiversity Conservation
Name: Tom Lupo
Organization: California Natural Diversity Database

Paper 289 Title: Ancient Rainforests at Risk - Vancouver Island, British Colombia
Name: Vicki Husband, David Leversee 
Organization: Sierra Club British Colombia

Paper 290 Title: The Yellowstone Coalition Desktop GIS Project
Name: Lee Shanklin 
Organization: Greater Yellowstone Coalition                                               


Paper 164 Title: Mapping Endangered Ecosystems and Species Using Raster and Vector Integration.
Name: Dr. Peter Morrison
Organization: Wilderness Society                                                    

Paper 302 Title: Madagascar Biodiversity Planning Service
Name: Ned Horning
Organization: World Wildlife Fund

WED EVENING 5-7: Demo Cleanup
WED EVENING 7-10: Conservation B.Y.O.Anything Dinner at the James Reserve


Paper 303 Title: GIS for the Aral Sea
Name: Wm. Davoren, Dr Phillip Micklin
Organization: Aral Sea Information Committee                                         

Paper 284 Title: Empowering Russian Conservation Groups
Name: Eugene Simonov 
Organization: Yale School of Forestry                                           

Paper 154 Title: Environmental Analysis Based on GIS
Name: Balazs Fekete 
Organization: ISTER                                         


Paper 282 Title: Forest Management, GIS and the Natinook-Wa
Name: Kevin Britton
Organization: Hoopa Tribal Council

Paper 280 Title: Integrated Resource Management Planning; How Arc/INFO was used in it's Development.
Name: Richard Krause
Organization: Warm Springs Tribal Council

Paper 289 Title: GIS: A Tool for Wildlife Management and Tribal Self-Determination
Name: Sue Ball
Organization: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

THUR LUNCH: 12-1  Aguas Calientes tribal historian speaking on the heritage and traditions of the area, and Aguas Calientes conservation plans


Paper 171 Title: Application of GIS in Conservation and Development in Pikin Guerrero, Nicaragua.
Name: Michael Junkov
Organization: IUCN-ORCA: International Union for the Conservation of Nature,
Regional Office for Central America                                                              

Paper 186 Title A GIS Approach to Desertification Assessment and Mapping
Name: Jess Grunblatt
Organization: United Nations Environment Programme            

Paper 150 Title Using GIS to Deal with Uncontrolled Development in Third-World Countries
Name: Peter Rabley
Organization: PADCO: Planning and Development Collaborative International 

THURS EVENING: 6-whenever Mardis Gras Party at Wyndham



Paper 141 Title: GIS and Natural Resources Management in Australia-Changing the Way We Use Information
Name: Ian P. Musto Role:  Phone: Home:
Organization: Australia National Resource Information Centre

Paper 252 Title Managing the National Land Resources with GIS
Name: Xiaochun Di
Organization: Chinese Academy of Sciences

Paper 143 Title The Development of a Borneo Information System
Name: Abdul Hadi
Organization: U. of Malaysia


Paper 165 Title: Using GIS to Analyze Elephant Distribution and Trends in Kenya's Rangelands
Name: Mike Broten
Organization: DRSRS  (KREMU)

Paper 221 Title: Physiographic Inventory of a Tropical Reserve
Name: Dr. Paul Rich 
Organization: University of Kansas

Paper 180  Title: Design of a Spatial Data Management System for Ecological Research Sites.
Name: S.D. Smith et al
Organization: Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest                      


# 137      Thurs 3B               GIS AND ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH

Paper 256 Title: The Ecosystem Management Model Project: Integrating Simulation Modeling and Arc/INFO in the Canadian Park
Name: David J. Buckley
Organization: TelTech GIS Division

Paper # Title: Recent Fragmentation of Xeric Habitats on the Lake Wales Ridge, Consequences for Evolution and Conservation
Name: Dr. Steve Freadman
Organization: Archbold Biological Station

Paper 281 Title: Using Arc/INFO in Analyzing Wildlife-Habitat Relationships
Name: Lynn Stenzel
Organization: PRBO: Point Reyes Bird Observatory 



Paper 286 Title: Using Remote Sensing Techniques to Build a Waterfowl Habitat Database
Name: Dick Kempka
Organization: Ducks Unlimited

Paper 91 Title: Analysis of Information on Migratory Waterfowl Using a GIS
Name: Lorri Peltz, Bruce Waddell   
Organization: USFWS, USGS

Paper 46 Title: GIS Methods for Generating Data to Evaluate EMAP's Wetlands Monitoring Design
Name: Tom Zariello
Organization: BLM Boise District Office


Members of the 1992 Conservation Program

Organization: CNDDB: California Natural Diversity Database
Address: Dept of Fish and Game, Nat. Heritage Div., PO Box 944209, Sacramento, CA, 94244-2090
Name: John P. Ellison         Role: Coordinator            
Paper # Title: tbd
Name: Thomas Lupo         Role: GIS Specialist

Organization: Ducks Unlimited
Name: Dick Kempka

Organization: The Ecology Center
Address: 101 East Broadway #602, Missoula, MT, 59802
Name: Timothy Bechtold

Organization: Hoopa Tribal Council
Address: PO Box 1348, Hoopa, CA, 95546
Name: Kevin Britton          Role: GIS Manager

Organization: PRBO: Point Reyes Bird Observatory 
Address: 4990 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach, CA, 94970
Name: Laurie Wayburn     Role:Director       

Organization: The Nature Conservancy                                        
Address: 1815 North Lynn St., Arlington, VA, 22209
at 19th St, park under bldg at 19th St entrance
Name: Rob Solomon  Role: Director, Spatial Information Systems

Organization: USGS
Address: Office of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Engineering, 345 Middlefield Rd, MS 977, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
Name: Ross Stein  Role: VITA Djibouti        

Organization: University of California,
James San Jacinto Mts. Reserve                                                     
Address: PO Box 1775, Idyllwild, CA, 92349
Name: Dr. Michael Hamilton

Organization: University of Southern California  USC
Address: University of Southern Calif., Social Science 154, Los Angeles, CA, 90089-0032
Name: Dr. Steve Lansing  Role:  Chair Anthro Dept. 

Organization: Volunteers in Technical Assistance  VITA
Address: 1815 North Lynn St., Suite 200, Arlington, VA, 22209
Name: Steve Hirsch            Role: Dir. of Program Development 

Organization: Woods Hole Research Center
Name: Foster Brown          

Organization: Australia National Resource Information Centre
Name: Ian P. Musto Role:  Phone: Home:
Paper 141 Title: GIS and Natural Resources Management in Australia-Changing the Way We Use Information

Organization: CCB: Center for Conservation Biology                                  
Address: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 94305
Name: John F. McLaughlin, Dr. Stuart Weiss
Paper 222  Title: The Roles of GIS in Conservation.

Organization: CI: Conservation International                                             
Address: 1015 18th St, NW, Suite 1000, Wash DC, 20036
between K and L. enter on 18th, park on K
Name: Andy Mitchell
Paper 128 Title: An Analysis of Priority Watersheds for the Pacific Northwest Rain Forest
Name: Randy Hagenstein
Paper 130 Title: Ecological Value Surfaces as a Basis for Conservation Planning

Organization: Cornell University
Name:  S. D. Smith Role: 
Paper 180 Title: Design of a Spatial Data Management System for Ecological Research Sites.

Organization: DRSRS  (KREMU)
Name: Mike Broten  Role: 
Paper 165 Title: Using GIS to Analyze Elephant Distribution and Trends in Kenya's Rangelands

Organization: ESRI Germany                                                          
Address: Ringstrasse 7, D-8051 Kranzberg, GERMANY
Name: Dr. Jorg Schaller
Paper 67 Title: Territorial Information System of the Autonomous Province Bozen

Organization: FRRAP- Forests and Rangelands Resources Assessment Program, Calif. Dept. of Forestry
Address: PO Box 944244, Sacramento, CA, 94244-2460
Name: Greg Greenwood  
Name: Robin Marose   

Organization: IUCN-ORCA: International Union for the Conservation of Nature,
Regional Office for Central America                                                              
Address: Apto Postal 91-1009, FECOSA, San Jose, Costa Rica
Name: Michael Junkov, Aleida Perez
Paper 171 Title: Application of GIS in Conservation and Development in Pikin Guerrero, Nicaragua.

Organization: PADCO: Planning and Development Collaborative International 
Address: 1012 N St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001-4297
Name: Peter Rabley            Role: GIS Specialist                           
Paper 150 Title Using GIS to Deal with Uncontrolled Development in Third-World Countries


















1992 Cons GIS Report

1992 Meeting Agenda

1992 Members List