Conservation GIS Meeting 1994

Announcement: "This meeting is intended to be a gathering of conservationists who are applying or interested in applying GIS technology to their efforts. There will be a large number of Arc/INFO users in attendance because of the following week's ESRI 1994 user conference in neaby Palm Springs, where there will also be demonstrations and paper sessions on conservation applications. The purpose of this meeting, however, is to get a better sense of who we are as a general community of computer users and how we are united by use of common tools like GIS, computers, natural selection and a commitment to conservation ideals. We would like to explore other ways to organize and coordinate our mutual efforts so that we can become more efficient in our work and more effective in obtaining the sorts of support we need such as equipment and training. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCGIS 1994 Group Photo (click for larger version)
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CONSERVATION GIS USER'S GROUP MEETING/RETREAT
SAT. MAY 21 - SUN MAY 22 1994
James San Jacinto Nature Reserve, Idyllwild, California

This will be an informal meeting, with the following loose agenda: The agenda is structured with the assumption that people will be arriving all day Saturday, so the Saturday meetings are more independent. The general meeting is set for Sunday, when it is hoped all attendees will be available.

Saturday May 21: Preparation and Focus Group discussions

9-1pm Hike/Lunch into the James Reserve for hands-on natural history

1-3pm Focus Group Discussions on areas of potential interest to the group at large, including but not limited to:
General Issues
1. Communications, Newsletter, Internet (CONSGIS)
2. Donations: gathering data, loaner programs
3. Volunteers: how to organize and assign them
4. Organizing: how to structure and administer collaborative efforts
5. Data Sharing: Standards?

Specific Interest Areas
6. Use of maps in Legislative Settings
7. Inventory & Monitoring
8. Conservation/GIS users network database
9. K-12 Curriculum Development Projects
10. Other specific user organizing projects such as Pacific GIS, Wildlands Project, WILD, etc.

3-5pm Report of Focus Groups and setting an agenda for Sunday
5-9 Conservation Posters/maps presentation and Arcview Demos, organized by Desktop Assistance of Montana. (a 486 PC with arcview and arcviewII, and a 150MB bernoulli multidisk will be availble for you to show off your data and maps)

Sunday May 22: General Meeting

6-8 Birdwatching
9-10 Hike into the James Reserve
10-12 Introductions: Go around the circle so we can each tell our story, 5-10 minutes each.

1-5 General Meeting to discuss group issues
5-7 Maximal potluck dinner

The James Reserve is a private, closed research reserve so you MUST respond and tell us the details of who will be coming in order for us to arrange your entrance into the reserve. Overnight accomodations are possible at USFS Campgrounds nearby, which we can help arrange if we know who is coming and how many. Accomodations at the reserve are coordinated with the ESRI User Conference and priority goes to non-profit and developing country participants attending for the entire week, but let us know your interest and requirements and we will do the best we can. There is no fee to attend this meeting but contributions to the non-profit James Reserve are encouraged.
The ESRI international conference in the following week (May 23-27) attracts about 2500 to 3000 GIS users globally, and is normally open to Arc/INFO users at a fee of $800 for the week. If you belong to a conservation, non-profit or developing country NGO and would like to attend but do not meet the above requirements, please contact Charles Convis at the adress below.
For further information or to request attendance at the Conservation/GIS User Group Meeting, please contact:
Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program Coordinator
380 New York St., Redlands, CA, 92373, USA
tel (909) 793-2853 x 1529 fax (909) 793-5953
internet: cconvis@esri.com

The following page has a map for how to get to the reserve. You will need a sleeping bag at least, and it can get fairly cool at night. If you want to stay at the reserve and have not notified me please do so immediately. We will be using my house as a staging area & phone message point all day Friday and Saturday, and as a stopover point for those leaving at the end of the conference who need a place to stay. If you need/can offer a ride from the airports please send flight details and we will do our best to organize carpools.

Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program Coordinator
380 New York St., Redlands, CA, 92373, USA
tel (909) 793-2853 x 1529 fax (909) 793-5953
internet: cconvis@esri.com

Conservation User Group 1994 Attendees

Dr. V. B. Mathur, Wildlife Institute of India, Dhera Dun/India
Lucy Chage, Wildlife Conservation International, Nairobi/Kenya
Andrew Murchie, Fundacion Vitoria Amazonia, Manaus/Brazil
Sergio Mauro, Centro Ecunumerico de Documentation y Informacione, Sao Paulo/Brazil
Rob Atkinson, Friends of the Earth - UK, London/United Kingdom
Mr. Sompon, Royal Thai Forestry Department, Bankok/Thailand
Dr. David Smith, University of Minnesota, Minnesota/United States
Marsh Mayer, Desktop Assistance, Montana/United States
Ed Madej, Desktop Assistance, Montana/United States
Minghua Zhang, Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project, California/United States
Lian Duan, Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project, California/United States
Ann Williams, Department of Environmental Protection, Marland/United States
Susanne Rautio, BC Wild, British Columbia/Canada
Dave Leversee, BC Wild, British Columbia/Canada
Pam Frost, The Wildlands Project, Oregon/United States
Lisy Galo, Thomas Reid Associates, California/United States
Ken Vance Borland, The Wildlands Project, Oregon/United States
Jonathan Rhind, World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge/England
Mike Adam, CSIR, Johannesberg/South Africa
Serene Ong, Asian Bureau for Conservation, Hong Kong
George Schatz, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Missouri/United States
Pedro Lopez Valencia, World Wildlife Fund - US, Washington DC/United States
Marnie Bookbinder, World Wildlife Fund - US, Washington DC/United States
Patrick Kelly, San Joaquin Valley Endangered Species Recovery Program, California/United States
Josh Lerner, San Joaquin Valley Endangered Species Recovery Program, California/United States
Gary Bell, The Nature Conservancy, California/United States
Julie Norman, Headwaters, Oregon/United States
Robert Brothers, Oregon/United States
Shaw Thacher, Planning and Development Collaborative, Washington DC/United States
Peter Morrison, Sierra Biodiversity Institute, California/United States
Steve Beckwitt, Sierra Biodiversity Institute, California/United States
Mike Kunzman, University of Arizona, Arizona/United States
Lee Graham, University of Arizona, Arizona/United States
Karen Beardsley, University of California - Davis, California/United States
Jake Bruner, World Resources Institute, Washington DC/United States
Norbert Henninger, World Resources Institute, Washington DC/United States
Andy Weiss, Center for Conservation Biology, California/United States
Stewart Weiss, Center for Conservation Biology, California/United States
Shawn Saving, University of Kansas, Kansas/United States
Barbara Charry, Maine Audubon Society, Maine/United States
Dave Kossack, Save the Tecate Cypress, California/United States
Sarah Wesser, National Biological Survey, Alaska/United States
George Dickinson, National Biological Survey, Alaska/United States
Charles Convis, Environmental Systems Research Institute, California/United States
Tom Poiker, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia/Canada
Uta Poiker, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia/Canada
Steve Walker, Desert Research Institute, Nevada/United States
Bruce Goldstein, University California, Santa Cruz - California/United States
Kevin Crooks, University California, Santa Cruz - California/United States
Gary Lasky, University California, Santa Cruz - California/United States
Elizabeth Thorne, University California - Santa Cruz, California/United States
Al Kelly, Crafton Hills Conservancy, California/United States
Jacob Pollack, University California - Santa Cruz, California/United States
Jan Derksen, Wm Keir Associates, California/United States
Joe Coho, National Biological Survey, California/United States
Larry Orman, Greenbelt Alliance, California/United States
Ken Vance-Borland, The Wildlands Project, Oregon/United States
Chip Jenkins, National Parks Service, Colorado/United States
Denise Kamralt, National Parks Service, California/United States
Alan Aaron, Eastern Forests Recovery Program, New Hampshire/United States
Chris Cogan, National GAP Program, Idaho/United States
Avis Webster, World Wildlife Fund - US, Washington DC/United States
Marland/United States
Susanne Rautio, BC Wild, British Columbia/Canada
Dave Leversee, BC Wild, Br




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

1994 Meeting Agenda

List of Attendees