Applied Geographics Develops Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool for the Western Governors’ Association

Posted on December 13, 2013 in News

We are proud to announce we recently partnered with the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) to develop and implement the West-wide Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) for 16 states.

The online mapping tool was unveiled yesterday during a press conference at the WGA Winter Meeting in Las Vegas attended by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and governors from the 16 states.

The CHAT is a cooperative effort to provide public leaders, private citizens and industry decision-makers a high-level overview of crucial habitats across the West. Crucial habitats are places that are likely to provide the natural resources important to aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, including species of concern, as well as hunting and fishing species.

AppGeo was selected by the WGA to design, develop, and host the application. The design process was collaborative, and the resulting application is robust, intuitive, and extensible. To meet the high design, performance, and scalability requirements, the application was developed using a hybrid of geospatial technologies, including Boundless (formerly OpenGeo, a leading provider of enterprise-grade, open source geospatial software), Esri, and Google. AppGeo was assisted by GreenInfo Network in designing the CHAT site.

The CHAT helps users in the pre-planning of energy corridors and transmission routes, or in comparing fish and wildlife habitat, by establishing a common starting point across the West for the intersection of development and wildlife. The tool is designed to enable industry to reduce time, costs, conflicts and surprises – and inform conservation groups – while helping state agencies ensure wildlife values are better incorporated into land use decision-making.

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AppGeo to Build Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool for the Western Governors’ Wildlife Council

Posted on January 17, 2013 in News

AppGeo will work collaboratively with the Western Governors’ Wildlife Council (WGWC) to design, build and then host a regional viewer for crucial habitat and corridors across the western United States, called the Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) regional viewer.  The vision for the regional viewer resulted from the CHAT initiative of the WGWC.

As quoted in the WGWC press release on the award: “We are excited about this step in the development of CHAT,” said John Harja, Senior Policy Analyst in Utah’s Public Lands Policy Coordination Office and Chair of the WGWC. “The regional viewer application will allow the public and decision makers to better include state priorities for fish and wildlife in the earliest stages of the planning process, particularly for energy and transportation.”

“We at AppGeo are equally excited to have been selected by the WGWC for this important project for western states,” said Michael Terner, Executive Vice President of Applied Geographics and Principal in Charge for the project.  “It is a perfect match to our mission of helping organizations make their spatial data accessible and useful to the broadest possible audiences through online applications.”

The project scope is to present data in a consistent manner across 16 western states, enabling the viewing of resources, habitats, and wildlife corridors that cross state lines. The regional viewer will complement state-level CHAT websites that have already been launched successfully by several western states and groups of states.

Image Source:  WGA Crucial Habitat Assessment Tools webpage

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USGS Website Wins Award at Esri UC

Posted on July 15, 2011 in News

AppGeo extends its congratulations to the US Geological Survey Gap Analysis Program Team.  Their Species Viewer won a Web-based GIS Application Award at the 2011 Esri User Conference Software Applications Fair.  AppGeo and its partner, GreenInfo Network, worked closely with the USGS GAP Analysis Program Team  to design and develop the mapping interface.   USGS was responsible for the data and the server-side development and hosting.  The species viewer is one of three viewers developed by this same collaborative effort through the Gap Analysis Program for presenting national environmental data.