Mapping and GPS Workshop Held

Using the Global Positioning System for Monitoring and Mapping Land Trust Holdings

On Friday, September 21st, 15 directors and staff from 13 Connecticut land trusts and one conservation commission attended CLCC’s first offering of its new collaborative training initiative with GPS/GIS educational leader UCONN’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). Instructors Cary Chadwick and Emily Wilson led participants through classroom and fieldwork using publicly available mapping softward and handheld GPS units to measure, plot, photograph and publish interactive maps of monitoring and other stewardship activities. CLCC Training and Education Committee Co-Chairs Hunter Brawley and Connie Manes, and Executive Director Amy Paterson were on hand to discuss land trust stewardship responsibilities and strategies for monitoring and enforcing conservation easements.

Using the Haddam Land Trust’s Bamforth Preserve as a learning laboratory, the class located parcel boundaries, invasive plans, walked the public-access trail and inspected manmade structures including interpretive signage, a trail footbridge and storage barn. Class participants were encouraged to share their resulting maps on the CLEAR website, where additional course resources are also posted. Attendees also received a course manual.

We look forward to offering this course to additional land trust personnel and to the next addition to the CLEAR/CLCC curriculum.

Photo credit: CLEAR

Photo credit: CLEAR

Photo credit: CLEAR

Photo credit: CLEAR