The Conservation GIS Starter Kit
Introduction to the Starter Kit
The Conservation GIS Starter Kit is a stand alone workbook for the use of geographic information system technology in conservation and environmental issues. The kit contains information on the uses of GIS and actual applications using conservation data and ArcView (version 3) (Users must have their own licensed version of ArcView).
Prior experience with GIS or ArcView is not assumed, however the kit does not contain in-depth explanations of basic GIS concepts and is not meant to serve as a substitute for an introductory GIS text or course. Rather, it is designed to teach the basic concepts and skills needed to begin using ArcView GIS for your conservation projects.
The Kit's ArcView tutorials or Conservation Applications range from basic exercises to more advanced applications. Together, the nine applications cover most of the fundamental features of the ArcView program, but do not illustrate all of its capabilities. Users should also refer to ESRI's “Using ArcView GIS” book, which comes with the ArcView program and covers the full suite of ArcView features, arranged and explained from an easy-to-use, functional viewpoint. The Starter Kit introduces the user to many of the same features in a conservation, application-oriented environment. Together, these references should provide you with the skills necessary to begin using ArcView GIS to creatively and effectively address conservation issues.
Note: The Conservation Applications do not cover Avenue or ArcView 3's extensions (such as the Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst, or Digitizing function). These features are slightly more advanced, and beyond the scope of this Starter Kit. These features also greatly enhance ArcView's analysis capabiltites however, and are worth exploring once you are comfortable with the standard ArcView features and functionality. The Spatial Analyst and Network Analyst are distributed by ESRI separately, and come with their own documentation and set of tutorials. Avenue and several other extensions are provided with ArcView (version 3).
Check out these examples from the Conservation GIS Starter Kit:
The Conservation GIS Starter Kit was produced cooperatively through
Made possible in part by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
The Concept and Inspiration for the Conservation GIS Starter Kit was provided by Ed Backus (Interrain Pacific), Peter Morrison (Pacific Biodiversity Institute), and Marshall Mayer (Desktop Assistance).
Susan Snetsinger (Pacific Biodiversity Institute), Kari Gardey (Interrain Pacific), Ed Madej (Desktop Assistance), Hunter Coleman (Desktop Assistance), and Mike Mertens (Interrain Pacific).
Our gratitude goes to the following people, for their substantial contributions to this project:
David Albert, Interrain Pacific, Alaska office
Jon Bowers, Interrain Pacific
Lisa Lackey, Interrain Pacific
Peter Morrison, Pacific Biodiversity Institute
Marko Muellner, Interrain Pacific
Tim Wilson, BC Wild, BC Conservation Mapping Consortium
Jennifer Allen, Interrain Pacific
A special thanks as well to all reviewers of this Starter Kit:
Dorie Brownell, Interrain Pacific
Barry Carter, Blue Mountain Native Forest Alliance
David Carruthers, British Columbia Conservation Mapping Consortium
Fred Gifford, NRIS Montana State Library
Dr. Michal Hamilton, Director, San Jacinto Reserve, Univ. of California
Cedron Jones, Montana Natural Heritage System
Allen Lebovitz, The Willapa Alliance
Sue Mauger, Xerces Society
Rose Meier, Conservation Technology Center, Smithsonian Institute
Andy Mitchell, ESRI
Drake Ward, Leavenworth Audubon Adopt-a-Forest Program
George Wooten, Methow Forest Watch
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