April 11, 2018
FOUR Earth Shattering Apps that Make our World Better
By: Chris Gerecke
Every year for Earth Day, we highlight recent apps developed for our clients that help protect, sustain, and preserve our natural resources, communities, and surrounding environment. Of course, this year is no different! At Timmons Group, the sustainability of our earth and the protection of our landscapes are very important to us. From forestry to fish and wildlife, we strive to create solutions that enable our clients, the public, and our partners to focus on fulfilling their mission and objectives via technology. We work closely with our natural resource clients to understand their vision and achieve it by creating apps that fulfill their mission through engaging user experiences. Below, we’ve highlighted a few apps that enable our clients to meet each of their unique missions. Check them out below!
Citizen Science Portal for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
With limited resources, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s (MDIFW) major challenge is to keep up with the tracking and data collection involved in wildlife surveys. The MDIFW Citizen Science Program was designed to recruit interested citizens who are skilled at identifying species of wildlife to participate in wildlife monitoring programs. This engages the citizens, generates interest in the outdoors and wildlife, and assists the State with wildlife reporting. The Citizen Science Portal leverages ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise to power the robust mapping features within the app and to provide MDIFW easy access to the geospatial data via ArcGIS Online and custom ArcPy reporting geoprocessing tasks. We’ve coined this as the best new citizen engagement tool everyone should know about! Some huge benefits of this program are the encouragement of citizen scientists to interact with natural resource agencies, the useful species data that’s readily available for monitoring and conservation efforts, and the fact that it gets people outside enjoying wildlife.
IFRIS Easements Tracking Application for Virginia Department of Forestry
A conservation easement excludes certain activities on private land, such as commercial development or residential subdivisions. Its main goal is to conserve natural or man-made resources on the land. The easement is usually described in terms of the resource it is designed to protect, such as agricultural, forest, historic, or open space easements. The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) manages a large and comprehensive system called the Integrated Forestry Resource Information System (IFRIS). IFRIS manages much of the internal operations for the agency but did not include the capability to manage the requirements for Forest Certification Tracking nor did it manage VDOF-managed Easement Tracking. Timmons Group worked with VDOF to develop the Forest Certification Tracking and Easement Management modules inside of IFRIS. IFRIS leverages Esri’s ArcGIS Enterprise for advanced mapping, geo-processing, and map / feature services. How does this help our Earth? It allows VDOF to easily manage, protect, and enhance conservation easements across the State so that we and future generations can enjoy our natural resources!
FireConnect for Texas A&M Forest Service
Community Assessor for the South – Southern Group of State Foresters