(Photo: 1999 CTSP Board and Staff (L to R) Forrest Whitt, Peter Morrison, Janice Thompson, Ed Backus, Anna Potterat, Steve Beckwitt, Charles Convis, Larry Orman)
CTSP grants leverage almost $1 million in computer and software donations annually, supporting over 200 non-profit conservation groups in the past four years. Maps, like this one of a watershed affected by logging, play a crucial role in public policy debates.
Most CTSP grantees are U.S.-based, non- profit organizations with the expertise to develop and maintain a GIS program but without the resources to obtain the necessary hardware, software, training and technical assistance. Some grants are made to international groups which have a U.S. sponsor.
CTSP relies on operating grants from foundations to make possible the nearly $1 million of equipment and software grants that it makes annually. With an yearly budget of approximately $75,000, CTSP is able to leverage each grant dollar with 13 dollars in donated products and services. In addition, CTSP volunteers contribute additional review and training expertise. The current coordinator for CTSP is the San Francisco- based GreenInfo Network.
"This is the most successful of our environmental grants, and it's one of the most impressive of all of our grant programs." Forrest Whitt, Hewlett Packard Company
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In Grantees' Own Words...
"It is fair to say that having this GIS capacity enabled our project to be more effective and put SREP into a totally new mode of operation. SREP's mission is being able to manipulate large scale mapping information. We also secured the funds that supported a full-time mapping coordinator, which was essential to effective operation, and the local mapping affiliates... fully support SREP and benefit from it. It has been a winning combination, and we are all most grateful to CTSP and the consortium partners for this opportunity." (Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project, Colorado Environmental Coalition - Nederland, Colorado )
"Our experience under this grant has shown us that both the public and the officials that work for the public respond well to our reports and plans when [these] are comprised of maps backed by hard data. The maps provide spatial information which is easy for stakeholders to read and understand; maps also give strong visual authority to our findings." (People for Puget Sound - Seattle, Washington )
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(Photo: Page Else of the Sitka Conservation
Society (1995 CTSP recipient ) uses granted equipment to map ancient forests
and wildlife in the Alaska Penninsula)
All text © by the respective organizations, November 15, 1999
Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, November 15, 1999