How GIS Can Be Used to Save the Places We Love

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Protecting the places we love is a key element in the quest to save our planet. Scientists have identified that we must save 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030 to avoid catastrophic biodiversity loss and climate collapse. It can feel overwhelming to figure out what we can we do to help achieve these goals for our communities or contribute to national efforts. One way we can contribute is by supporting the use of Geographic Information Systems to analyze, map, and tell the stories of the places that need to be protected. The tools and data have never been more accessible so you don’t have to know how to be a GIS wizard to have a big impact. Where can a city park provide a park with a playground for kids and trees to help cool surrounding areas down in searing summer heat? How can GIS be used to engage communities to identify and protect important lands for water quality and local food production? How can GIS be used to link critical wildlife corridors that span across the country or identify where wildlife over or underpasses will save animals and people from vehicle collisions? How can we create more equitable opportunities for people to get outdoors to bike, walk or fish? GIS can help us visualize, gain insights into and design approaches to address these issues.

Join this webinar to learn more about strategies to use GIS in Breece’s brand new book “Protecting the Places We Love” and how she and Rick Wood worked together to bring the power of GIS to create a more equitable park and greenway system in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Parks & Recreation
Health, Safety and Welfare
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- Attendees will see simple ways to apply GIS to meet specific goals when it comes to land planning, site design, and more.
- Attendees will have an understanding of how GIS can be accessed and harnessed by anyone from the volunteer budget to the larger department.
- Attendees will understand the many tools available at their fingertips to be creative in protecting lands.
- Attendees will see interesting and creative ways to gain support and understanding from diverse communities.
Rick Wood, Owner, AccelParks Breece Robertson, Director of Partnerships and Strategy, Center for Geospatial Solutions, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
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