Good planning makes recreation opportunities and conservation initiatives in the Pennsylvania Highlands region possible. That planning is often based on the results of one or more studies using a Geographic Information System, or GIS, a software system that allows a trained user to link topographical information to other data in order to provide a better context on social and environmental issues. Appalachian Mountain Club employs GIS-trained staff who take advantage of this technology to help us prioritize areas for conservation efforts, such as ecologically diverse areas under development pressure. The results of this research are available to the public here, and are a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about conserving the unique Highlands region.
Are you interested in learning more about how GIS mapping can help conservation efforts in the Highlands? On November 16th, Harrisburg Area Community College is hosting its annual GIS Day, a free event for students, professionals, and other interested parties to check out the latest developments in GIS technology and organizations including AMC to display their most recent projects. The morning is open to high school students to engage in some hands-on GIS training. The afternoon’s events are open to the public, and no registration is required. To learn more, check out the website.