Authors: Alexander Vencill*, Athens-Clarke County
Topics: Environment, Cultural Ecology, Land Use
Keywords: Environment, Land Management, Public Lands, Conservation
Session Type: Poster
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download
Public lands are highly cherished by local community groups across the United States. However, conservation, management, and the subsequent geographic analysis of these sites is often handed off to third party companies, thus breaking out of the local scope. While local government is often the mediator of these interactions, it is often outside entities creating management plans and applications for stewardship of public natural habitats. Local government has the capacity and the tools to build integrated conservation plans while skipping this third party step by partnering with local stakeholders and utilizing principles of community geography. Athens-Clarke County has both a plethora of natural areas on public land (23 parks) as well as an abundance of motivated community partners making it an ideal space for management through community engagement. This project aims to utilize in-house GIS tools and techniques as well as the expertise afforded to us by local non-profit groups to 1) Develop an application for baseline data collection of natural areas in the county 2) Utilize baseline data to drive the construction of management plans for each of our natural areas 3) Use GIS applications enable community volunteers assist in data driven cataloging and removal of invasive species.