Announcment: "1993 is the year of the environment in America, especially since we finally have an environmental president and vice-president. The economy has also brought our focus onto advanced technologies, placing GIS squarely in the spotlight of national attention. Environmental and conservation applications of GIS have already played important roles in many national events, including the Earth Summit, the Earth Council, and the Western Forest Summit. The ESRI Conservation Program (ECP) has also grown in the past year and will be offering an expanded series of sessions and activities at this year's conference. The overall theme this year is Resolution: the many ways GIS is used to integrate divergent views and so resovle complex environmental issues. Tthe impact of GIS on Native American tribes and tribal resources management has become a major issue with the recent passage of self-determination laws. There are important related issues on how communal resources are managed and how a citizenry is informed about resources issues which are global in scope, and this forms the basis for our first ever super-session on GIS and First Nations, on Wednesday
" It is now 4 years since I came to ESRI and 3 years since I started the conservation program around the 1991 user conference. Since then we have grown into a network of over 150 organizations, making over 600 separate donations and scholarships to support your GIS work. This is also the first year that I have finally been able to take time off from "priming the pump" to actually dive in and conduct a GIS-Biodiversity project myself. I was hired (as an ESRI consultant) by the World Wildlife Fund/Biodiversity Support Program to handle the GIS side of a new National Biodiversity Planning effort for Bulgaria. We worked with three scientists to train them in Arc/INFO and digitize in some 52 maps they had brought representing the work of nearly 30 bulgarian scientists. We then returned to Bulgaria for a national workshop to develop a national conservation plan. I was pleased to see that with only a couple of weeks training in Arc/INFO and Arc/View, the three scientists conducted all of the GIS presentations by themselves, showing analyses and responding directly to questions from the floor using live data. Remember, they had never worked with a GIS prior to 3 weeks before. This entire project is based on PC-technology and continues to thrive. As if there were any doubt, I think this proves that GIS and Arc/INFO can be an appropriate technology at the local level, but only if the end users are put in the forefront right from the very beginning. The hardest thing as a teacher is to let people work out problems and make mistakes for themselves, but it is the only way to achieve learning which is permanent instead of learning by rote.
Speaking of doing it yourself, the Conservation program has grown well beyond my ability to manage it well, and so this year I am encouraging all of you to start thinking about how to develop an independent organizational structure, maybe a non-profit association. Marshall Mayer of Desktop Assistance has kindly offered to host a meeting Tuesday Night to discuss forming yourselves into a national or international consortium, for the purposes of applying for grant funding and for forming partnerships for collaborative work projects.
About all I have managed to do is finish the database of all Conservation Program members, and I hope to have each organization's data printed out so you can verify it and add to it. This will also help you to contact each other rather than trying to track me down for names and addresses. The design is fully relational, and will tie into a database of conference papers as well as any other publications you care to name.
Another event that I am very happy about is the involvement of First Nations in this year's conservation program. I have always felt that conservationists and native peoples held the closest of all alliances, ever since I realized that organized western religion had nothing to offer me, but the trees and rocks and grass? now there was all the spirituality and meaning a guy could ever need. I find it puzzling when I read about local disputes over reservation land use practices and conservation issues, since these are two halves of the same coin. I feel that modern conservation biology and tools like GIS explain the mechanics of ecosystems, and traditional beliefs and practices explain why, and tell us about the human role in the ecosystem. Belief without practice is ineffective, and practice without belief denies our humanity. Let us all welcome each other to this conference, and look beyond superficial differences to explore ways to unite these different worlds, with a little help from our maps and GIS tools.
ESRI NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AT THE 1993 USER CONFERENCE
In 1992, the ESRI Conservation Program hosted a session on Native American GIS issues followed by an informal roundtable discussion. This year, thanks to support from John Goes-In-Center of OCSI, this has expanded into a full day of papers, panel discussions, and activities. In addition, the annual BIA GIS User Forum is being held in coordination with the ESRI User Conference, and we welcome the User Forum attendees. Wednesday will be Native American day, with sessions and special activities in Oasis 2 as follows:
Mon: Conference opening session with welcome by local Aquas Calientes Tribal Chairman Richard Milanovich.
Tuesday noon-1pm: welcoming lunch by the Aguas Calientes tribe to conservation workers and tribal members from far and near. This will include another appearance by the Birdsinger Dancers, who were a delightful presence at last year's conference, depicting Aguas Calientes Tribal History in dance form.
Wednesday breakfast - Opening Ceremony for Native American Day
Wednesday morning - Native American Paper sessions
Wed Lunch - Native American Roundtable: This will be an informal lunch to which anyone is invited to discuss current GIS-related issues and concerns for native americans, including resources management, education, and cultural affairs.
Wed Afternoon - Native American Panel Discussions
Wed Evening - Conservation Potluck at James Reserve with closing ceremony. The James Reserve is a private nature reserve and we are priveleged again this year to be able to make use of it, thanks to Dr. Mike Hamilton. Everyone is invited, especially those with an interest in conservation and Native American issues, but because of the restrictions, we request that those wishing to attend come by the Native American Sessions room after the last panel session to pick up a map and a form with the reserve rules, and to arrange carpooling or obtain a ride if you need one. The reserve road is passable by 2WD, but since it is difficult we respectfully request that you avoid driving if you are tired or have had anything to drink, in order to avoid another accident on this road.
Tues 3 ECOSYSTEM PLANNING
Paper 162 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
# 136 Tue 4 GIS FOR PARKS AND PROTECTED AREAS
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
#139 Wed 2 ADVANCED GIS APPLICATIONS FOR BIODIVERSITY PROTECTION
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
# 144 Wed 3 BIODIVERSITY DATA IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
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
# 140 Wed 4 TOOLS FOR PUBLIC ACCESS TO CONSERVATION DATA
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
# 135 Thurs 1A BUILDING CONSERVATION GIS IN RUSSIA AND EASTERN EUROPE
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
# 133 Thur 2A GIS MANAGEMENT ON NATIVE AMERICAN LANDS
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
# 142 Thur 3A GIS APPROACHES FOR SUSTANABLE RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
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
SCHEDULE FOR ROOM 2
# 141 THUR 4A GIS FOR NATIONAL RESOURCES DATABASES
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
# 6 Thur 2B SPECIES PROTECTION AND SITE RESEARCH
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
# 138 Thur 4B GIS FOR THE BIRDS AND WETLANDS
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