Society for Conservation GIS 1998

After much discussion and work following the 1997 meeting, the name "Society for Conservation GIS" was finally formally agreed upon. We were fornally incorporated under that name thanks to Tim Bechtold in early 1998, and in Summer 1998 was the very first meeting of the newly formed Society for Conservation GIS .

























SCGIS 1998 Group Photo
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Pictured 1998 SCGIS First Annual Meeting
Roi Evron, Dagmar Scholle, Marco Vinicio Castro, Bob Arenz, Sergey Krasnopeev, John Rhind, Scott Murray, Mike Beltz, Ron White, Steve Beckwitt, James Catlin, Easy, Mike Mertens, Linda Gray, Pete August, Ellen Hines, Ivan Joe, John Mangiameli, Luigi Boitana, Marcia McNiff, Robert Curry, Roger Sayre, Gillian Bowser, Eric Sanderson, Michelle Gudorf, Rixanne Wehren, Alexa McCarrow, Page Else, Christina Casado, Lance Craighead, Roberta Pickert, Lata Iyer, Prashant Hedao, Janice Thomson, Brian Cohen, Bill Martin, Bettina Weber, Will Allen, Mike Kunzman, Mathias Benhangana, Steven Day, Charles Convis, Olga Lucia Hernandez, Pat Halpin, Yolanda Wiersma, Sandra Coveny, Fabio Corsi, Kai Snyder, Kiomi, Lucy Chege, Mahesh Rao




I1998 SCGIS Conference - FINAL AGENDA


Friday, July 24th

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Potluck Dinner & ridepooling at Charles Convis’s House

Plane arrivals who need rides, please phone 909-792-6840 from the airport,
which will give us an ongoing chance to handle last minute emergencies like
missed rides, delayed flights, and last minute strandees. It really helps and
from Ontario it’s a cheap call.

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Dinner at Lawler Lodge


Saturday, July 25th

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:00 am Welcome/SCGIS Historical Perspective (Charles Convis)

9:00 am – 11:50 am Short Presentations

9:00 - 9:15 Paul Zwick: GIS in Crisis: the Florida Experience (FL, USA)

9:20 - 9:35 Mahesh Rao: Application of GIS in Related Studies on Amphibian
Populations in Central Oklahoma (SW USA)

9:40- 9:55 Mathias Behangana: The Distribution Of Medium And Large-Size
Mammals of Uganda: Using GIS Modeling As A Management Tool (Africa)

10:00 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 10:45 Thomas Hoctor et al.: A GIS-based Landscape Approach for the
Identification of a Statewide Integrated Conservation System in Florida (FL,

10:50 - 11:05 Lucy Chege: Using GIS for Managing Human – Elephant Conflict in
Kenya (Africa)

11:10 - 11:25 Olga Hernandez: Analysis of the Coverage of the National
Protected Areas System in Colombia and Priorities Definition for Conservation
Using Arc/Info & ArcView (South America)

11:30 - 11:45 Salman Ashraf: Resource mapping of Hazarganji-Chilant National
Park and the Suleiman Range Pine Forest, a Rare Ecosystem in a Semi-Arid Zone;
as well as Mapping of the Protected Areas of Pakistan (Pakistan)

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Workshops

2:30 – 3:25 Marcia McNiff – Developing and Using Metadata

3:30 – 4:25 Pat Halpin - GIS as a Tool for Scientific Research

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Time

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Dinner

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Conservation GIS Poster Session and Social

Sunday, July 26th

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast


Short course:
8:30 am – 11:30 am Advanced GIS Techniques: Working with Spatial Analyst
Paul Zwick (limited availability)

Concurrent short presentations:
9: 00 - 9:20 Ellen Hines: Using a Geographic Information System to Estimate
the Possible Effects of Map Error on the Delineation of Habitat for the
California Spotted Owl in Southern California (Pacific NW, USA)

9:20 - 9:35 David Woods: GIS in Decision Making for Resource Allocation (S.

9:40- 9:55 Page Else: User Documentation and Metadata (Pacific NW, USA)

10:00 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 10:45 Dagmar Scholle: Integrative Landscape Classification (Germany)

10:50 - 11:05 L. Boitini: African Mammals Databank (AMD): A databank for the
conservation and management of the African mammals (S. Africa)

11:10 - 11:25 Eric Sanderson: Tidal Saltmarshes (New York, USA)

11:30 - 11:45 TBA

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch - Discussion Groups - Topics TBA

Standards and Training – facilitator: Will Allen
GPS: Discussion and Field Demonstration – Michael Kunzmann
GIS Data Accuracy: Challenges of Low Quality Public Sector Data – Peter
Other topics TBD (please e-mail ideas to

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm Annual SCGIS Membership Meeting (break included)

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Election of new board members

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Closing Dinner/Bonfire

Monday, July 27th

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

8:30 am - 11:00 am Clean up of Lawler Lodge

SCGIS Board Meeting:

Tuesday Evening, 7-9pm, San Diego Convention Center. Room TBA


II. Joshua Tree Field Trip Information
Please contact Gillian Bowser at for more information.

Bring field gear, loads of water, sun screen, and good humor.


7:00 am Pickup in Redlands at Charles Convis’s House (see directions to
potluck above), drive to Joshua Tree (1.5 hours) with stops for coffee and
snacks at the Park Center

Stop at Indian Cove and radio track tortoises to demo GPS and GIS model used
for tortoise distribution model.

12:00 pm Park Headquarters, demo of tortoise habitat model, demo of tortoise
data on computer system, and demo of all of Joshua Tree's data and access
capacities. If requested, demo of DOIAVADS (job search engine for Department
of Interior).

4:30 pm Depart for Redlands

6:30 pm Arrive at potluck at Charles Convis’s House

We will have two vehicles to shuttle folks to the park. Each person will have
to sign a simple VIP (Volunteer In Park) form to ride in the government

SCGIS 1998 Scholars

Mr. Salman Ashraf
(GIS Officer)
PO Box 5180
Ferozpure Road
Lahore, Pakistan
studies focusing on resource mapping of Hazarganji-Chilant National Park and the Suleiman Range Pine Forest, a rare ecosystem in a semi-arid zone, as well as mapping of the Protected Areas of Pakistan

Lucy Chege
African Conservation Centre
P.O.BOX 62844
studies of Elephant-Human relations in Amboseli Park

John Waithaka
Kenya Wildlife Service
P.O.BOX 40241
studies of Elephant-Human relations in Amboseli Park

Mr. Ashok Kumar, Vice President
Wildlife Protection Society of India
Thapar house
124 Janpath
New Delhi

Mr. Mathias Behangana
Makerere University
Institute of Environment and Natural Resources
PO Box 7298
Kampala, Uganda
map distribution of Medium and Large size mammals in Uganda

Carlos Alberto de Mattos Scaramuzza
Conservation and Landscape Ecology Lab
General Ecology Department
Biology Institute-University of Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dagmar Scholle
Ecology Center Kiel
Schauenburger Str. 112
24118 Kiel

Bettina Weber
University at Kaiserslautern
Department of Biology, Allgemeine Botanik
Postfach 3049
67653 Kaiserslautern
studies focusing on the correlation of distribution patterns of saxicolous lichens with climatic factors and air quality


















1998 Conference Agenda

International Scholars