The SCGIS/ESRI/SCB International Conservation Mapping Contest

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Michael Scisco, New Mexico Land Conservancy

Relative Distribution of Baleen Whales in the Gulf of Maine: An innovative approach to mapping relative species distribution using an ordinary kriging interpolation method
Brooke Wikgren, New England Aquarium
Kerry Lagueux, New England Aquarium

dThe intended audiences of the map are private landowners, government
agency representatives, donors, and private foundations. It was very important
to showcase the accomplishments of the New Mexico Land Conservancy
(NMLC) while conveying that there are still many opportunities for large scale
land conservation within New Mexico. Specifically, we showcased existing
projects, NMLC's involvement in legislation supporting land conservation, and
the specific financial outcomes of the transferable state tax credit for land or
conservation easement donations. Future opportunities for land conservation
were shown by focusing on the large amount of private lands in the State and
the delineation of focus areas that NMLC has chosen to work in.
To date, the map has been received well by the general public, landowners,
and government agencies who are involved with land conservation across the
state. The map has been showcased at conferences, workshops, fundraising
events and other meetings with interested stakeholders.
Note that many cartographic techniques were used in the map production
process including topographic relief generation; ordinal classification of land
ownership using GIS; graphic interval charts, timelines and data tables;
graduated symbols; image processing; abstract map symbols; and other miscellaneous symbology.



Larry Orman and Alexandra Barnish, GreenInfo Network, CA

dThe Sierra Watch "What We've Accomplished" map is the culmination of a 5 year long battle over habitat and development areas in the Martis Valley of the California’s Sierra Nevada, just north of Lake Tahoe.  It frames the achievement of a negotiated outcome that will generate over $75 million for land conservation and habitat restoration in the Tahoe region, and modify developments that otherwise would have been allowed free reign by the approving local government.  It is a precedent setting, innovative and major accomplishment in conservation.

Sierra Watch, the non-profit that played the leadership role in this effort, asked GreenInfo Network to develop the map (20"x30" size) to help them define this complex victory so that individual and institutional funders and other key opinion leaders would realize what they had accomplished and be motivated to continue the effort to secure the last (huge) remaining parcel in the region (shown in orange).  The map was entirely created in ArcGIS 9.x. . FULL ESSAY . FULL PDF MAP(7mb) .

Lori Arnold, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Canada, with Edward Kowal

dThe American black bear (Ursus americanus) is part of our heritage up here in Saskatchewan,
Canada. This magnificent creature is timid and intelligent, and much of its behaviour is
governed by its search for food: A trait that comes in handy in our effort to conserve healthy
populations because luring black bears to sardine‐baited stations allows us to monitor
population size.
This essay compliments the thematic map layout titled “2010 Fourth Annual Black Bear Bait‐
Station Surveys, Saskatchewan’s East Boreal Plains” created by Lori L. Arnold for the
Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment’s ongoing conservation project catered to sustainably
manage American black bear populations. Four topics are discussed here: (1) The conservation
project: It’s protocol and other details, including the hardware and Environmental Systems
Research Institute (ESRI) software used to collect the field data and to create the map, (2) The
purpose of the map and the intended audience, (3) The map design, including how the map was
created to achieve its purpose and best illustrate the topic to the intended audience, and (4)
Impacts that the map has had.. FULL ESSAY . 2mb MAP . FULL 13mb MAP

Henry Saul Juarez Soto, International Potato Center, Peru, with Franklin Plasencia  and  Stef de Haan

dZooming on the secret life of genetic resources in potatoes: high technology meets old-fashioned footwork
The International Potato Centre in Peru –known by its Spanish acronym CIP– is a research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Over the past forty years its mission has evolved from increasing crop productivity to the more complex challenge of hunger and poverty alleviation with sustainable development. CIP’s research has expanded to include issues such as climate change, preserving biodiversity, food security, and improving livelihoods.
Potatoes can be grown at almost any elevation. They mature in as little as 100 days and can yield between two and four times more food per hectare than wheat or rice.
The potato has always been a traditional crop for small farmers in the central Andes, grown at altitudes from 0 to 4,200 masl. A staple of the Peruvian diet, it is believed that potato was cultivated here as far back as 8000 years ago and CIP has identified 3800 native Andean varieties.
The Peruvian Andes is one of the richest in potato biodiversity in the world. CIP is rising to the challenge of gathering information which can be used to exploit and preserve this invaluable resource in the Peruvian Andes.
CIP is employing high resolution satellite images and participatory mapping to gather vital information about ancient agricultural methods in the Peruvian highlands. The main research method involved participatory mapping combined with in-depth consultation through interviews and focus group meetings with members of 21 Andean highland communities in Cusco, Huancavelica and Junin.
Each family in the community was asked to identify their own plots of land on the map. The plots are assigned a numerical identifier. The families are then asked a series of in-depth questions including which varieties of potatoes they grow on each plot; when the planting was carried out; and which method of crop rotation was used. .

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Melissa McVee, Coral Cay Conservation, UK with
Jan-Willem van Bochove and Lorrae Guilfoyle  

dThe design:
My entry was designed to engage potentially intertested individuals to the kind of work that is needing to be done at one of Coral Cays' survey areas of Tobago (in this case, assisting in monitoring the effects of coral bleaching) by producing a document that uses emotional based language, illustrations and mapping that worked within a scientic framework.  Engaging the viewer was essential as Coral Cay Conservation is reliant on a volunteer workforce to continue its scientific research.
The map is simple and clear in its intention (showing the devastation effects of bleaching over an area) with a highly stylised approach to ensure that the reader is engaged, but not overwhelmed with the scientific information available. The information portrayed needed to be clear and concise, resulting in a simplistic map of Tobago with a larger emphasis on the impact of coral bleaching found around its coastline.  Colours, rather than topography details, were essential here.  The whites and reds of high bleaching amounts were used to invoke a feeling of devestation,  contrasting strongly with the lush greens of land. As the underlining theme in this document is "Don’t let coral reefs become a thing of the past", the theme was produced with a historic feel, akin to Victorian picture books.  This is to envoke a feeling of nostalgia, giving the feeling that to lose the coral reefs would result in the children of tomorrow having no idea of what they contained than that found in dusty books in the library.  Colours were therefore selected with this theme in mind.  The text, also selected for its historic feel,  was presented in an undulating fashion so as to mimic the movement and fluidity of water. .  FULL ESSAY . FULL MAP

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