We had an awesome Environment and Natural Resources Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting at the 2020 User Conference with some great presentations from natural resources agencies in Missouri, South Dakota and South Carolina! We had over 550 participants during the live event and we received a lot of excellent feedback. To that end, we have been asked by several folks if the recording could be made available and we are all in luck as we were able to obtain it and post to YouTube! The links are below for the full event as well as the individual agency presentations. Enjoy and please connect with us if you have any questions or would like more info. Also, if you haven't done so already please join the Environment and Natural Resources Community via this story map as this is a way for us to continue connecting and collaborating.
Fresh off last week’s R3 Forum, fall is just around the corner, and more folks than ever are exploring their public lands… We're feeling energized about what this means for the broader conservation community and how we can begin asking questions about who is heading outdoors and how can we fully maximize this opportunity that’s in front of us?
One of the major themes around this year’s virtual R3 symposium was around marketing, and UNDERSTANDING your audience: who, what, why and WHERE.
Esri worked with a handful of states to develop solutions for R3 – the first step being this baseline understanding that was a prominent focus of the R3 Symposium. We want to provide agencies with the “Easy Button” to be able to deploy a solution out of the box, with all the technical components wired up and ready to go. South Dakota has already taken advantage of them with subtle configurations to meet their needs.
Through the Solutions App, you can browse many of Esri’s Solutions and deploy them directly from your organization, to your organization, bypassing the initial deployment through ArcGIS Pro.
With the Outdoor Recreation Solution, you get not only the R3 license dashboard, but also a new Hub Template to conduct outreach! This includes our locators for parks, license retailers, boating/fishing/hunting and can be configured to meet your unique needs.
The better we understand our audiences and provide them with an intuitive place for all their outdoor information, the better we position conservation for a sustainable future. We look forward to seeing how you all deploy and configure these solutions!
ArcGIS Hub offers a tremendous amount of potential for engaging with the public and partners at all scales around natural resources initiatives, and bringing together the key resources needed by all these folks. Check out this user story of how this approach was put into action with the leadership of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) for the 2020 update of the Montana Forest Action Plan. Collaboration was critical to not only the support and success of developing the plan, but also ensuring this success for the long term. Hub has been essential to this and as pointed out in the article: "Hub has enabled us to reduce the friction between data and the people that need to be informed by it. We’ve removed some of the technical knowledge and staff power needed to leverage and access geospatial information on Montana's forests."
I am sure you have all seen the news of unsolicited seeds turning up in many states across the US which is creating obvious concern.
State Agriculture Departments are responding in various ways, including soliciting for emails or phone calls. Others have leveraged the Esri platform, realizing this as a perfect use case for Survey123.
States such as Ohio and Alabama have stood up their own Survey123 forms. In Ohio, they let us know that as of noon today, they received 300 reports since standing up the survey Monday afternoon! They are able to easily report this directly to USDA on a daily basis.
Check out these two recent Case Studies from Florida and Indiana highlighting the role of GIS in support of the collaboration and dissemination of food security and access resources. The Agricultural community has been hit hard by the pandemic and GIS is a vital tool in the response, as well as navigating through these ever-changing conditions.
If you missed it, Esri recently published this case study highlighting how Tennessee State Parks and Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Recreation used the Esri platform in unprecedented circumstances. How has Covid affected your Environmental agency?
At this year's Esri User Conference (UC), we will be having a new Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting. If you are attending the UC, please join us to explore GIS for environmental and natural resources government agencies. This is a unique opportunity to hear from your peers and Esri subject matter experts regarding the latest technological advancements and tips and tricks to improve your everyday work. The agenda includes lightning talks from users working in various environmental and natural resources agencies.
Topics to be discussed include: • integrated field mobility approaches for species management • real-time wildlife tracking for enhanced conservation decision-making • approaches to usability of configured versus custom recreation applications • aligning agricultural business objectives with Esri tools • collaborative approaches to the communication of harmful algal bloom (HAB) detections
We will also provide the opportunity to ask questions, as well connect with other folks from this diverse community. The SIG will take place on Wednesday July 10th 11:30 -12:30 in SDCC, Room 24C. We hope to see you at this event!