Land and Wildlife Management

Find balance among land, wildlife, and humans

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Protect, restore, and manage natural resources

Natural resource management agencies protect our communities’ natural and cultural resources. Understanding the relationships between ecosystems and our impacts on them requires a geographic approach. With GIS, managers can monitor species and ecosystems in real time or take mobile tools offline for monitoring in remote areas. Capture the extent of land and wildlife management activities and measure their impact through time. Turn this data into a conservation plan with spatial analytics.

Streamline natural resource management

Prioritize resource protection

Successful land resource protection begins with setting priorities. Use GIS to assess the status of wildlife resources, distribution, and threats and track changes. With GIS you can compare scenarios against future modeled conditions to target and plan your stewardship activities.

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Track stewardship and restoration

Resource protection includes stewarding and restoring our natural resources. With GIS, land and wildlife managers can track assets and resources in the field and keep staff safe while executing management plans. GIS allows land and wildlife managers to track stewardship over space and time to measure progress and outcomes.

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Monitor species and ecosystems

Land and wildlife managers can use GIS to analyze data from collars, cameras, or other sensor networks to remotely monitor species, ecosystems, and environmental variables; automatically detect change using imagery and artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML); or work in remote areas to efficiently collect observations in the field.

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Educate and engage stakeholders

Education and outreach are critical components of successful land and wildlife management. GIS allows land and wildlife managers to scale impact through volunteer initiatives, collaborate with stakeholders to help inform policy decisions, and communicate success.

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South Carolina uses GIS to preserve biodiversity

The South Carolina Natural Heritage Data program uses GIS to document habitats and threatened species to safeguard the state’s uniqueness.

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