Stories of the Land - J. Michael Wharton GISC 2011 Spring 2014
This project, entitled “Stories of the Land”, used remote sensing and GIS mapping to analyze existing land conditions and determine past land practices. Mapping features and analyzing existing conditions in the context of historical land use allows land managers to tailor management, restoration and enhancement efforts. This information provides foundational knowledge essential to the implementation of natural resource management treatments that enhance wildlife habitat and forest health, and create community cultural and environmental education opportunities.
In addition to the natural resource management implications, “analysis maps” also tell a powerful human story. They bring the past alive by showing how and where people lived, worked, and played by illustrating where activities and events took place and the impact of such activities. By studying the past and how it has shaped the present, we can better understand how to move forward in ways that sustain the natural systems upon which we rely.
J. Michael Wharton / Chris Strother