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Online mapping tools for the natural resource professional - Part 2: Important spatial data sources

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Dec 18, 2013 12:00 pm US/Eastern

Length: 01:00   (hh:mm)


  • James Jeuck, Forestry Extension Associate, NC State University


  • Conservation Planner - 1 hour Conservation Planning Credit
  • Society of American Foresters - 1 hour Category 1 Credit
  • The Wildlife Society - 1 hour TWS Category 1 Credit

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Have you ever wonder how you can obtain spatial data to help you in management planning or other activities? This webiinar covers four important sources of data that professional should be aware of. These include

a) County Interactive Mapping Websites – where easy maps of landowner parcels and other feature may be found created. Not every county has one, and those that do tend to differ in format and services, but we will attempt to look at common formats and tools found in NC counties

b) Web Soil Survey – the Natural Resource Conservation Service has developed an excellent online web-tool that develops customized soil reports based on the boundaries you input. Important soil capabilities and limitations based on management activities or vegetation production are mapped and described and organized into a pdf document to include in a land management plan.

c) Natural Heritage Program Data – nationally developed by the Nature Conservancy, and later adopted at the state level, these programs describe and map habitats of special concern. The NC Heritage Program, through NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will be used as an example of an important mapping tool that provides information about habitat and T&E species in proximity to a property.

d) Invasive Plants Mapping – Developed by the University of Georgia – Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) allows professionals and landowners the ability to learn what invasive species are found county and regionally. This also allows everyone to participate in contributing to the database with invasive species detection reports.

We will discuss how this data can be utilized and demonstrate how you can obtain the data.


Online Mapping Tools for the Natural Resource Professional Webinar Series
This is the second in a 4-part series intended for natural resource professionals to become familiar with important sources of online mapping tools and data without the need for a complex GIS program. These tools will provide the basic mapping necessary for land management decisions and plan development and can assist in your work with landowners. While no experience in digital mapping is required for this class, even experienced mappers will learn new ways to create and share basic land management maps with stakeholders. These tools are simple enough that you may teach others their basic use, empowering them with the ability to develop and share their own work.

Part 1: My Land Plan (December 4, 2013, 12 PM Eastern

Part 2: Important spatial data sources (December 18, 2013, 12 PM Eastern)

Part 3: Google Earth (GE) Part 1 (Basics) (January 15, 2014, 12 PM Eastern)

Part 4: Google Earth Part 2 (Intermediate) (January 22, 2014, 12 PM Eastern) 




"The webinar project is partially supported by The Renewable Resources Extension Act National Focus Fund Grant no. 2011-46401-31144 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture."

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