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Mapping Beaver Creek Reserve

Posted on November 19, 2012 by Emerson Ziehr

This year one of the major projects that will be going on is the Beaver Creek Reserve mapping project. The goal of this project is to create maps of Beaver Creek for use by the BCR Staff, Wildlands students and visitors. We will be mapping the trails, the camp area, and the infrastructure. For this project we will be working with the university and using some of their resources.

The first thing we have did to start the mapping project was have a meeting with the BCR shareholders and staff. During this meeting we made a document of everything they wanted to include. The next day we had a meeting with all of the Wildlands students involved with the mapping project to talk about how we should get started. We decided that every student in the group should hike every trail on the reserve and also do the first three ArcGIS tutorials so that we would all have a common language to work with.  As of now, we are still working on hiking the trails and getting to know them better. We recently had a meeting with a university student to discuss what we should do next. We decided that the next step will be to map the trails using GPS and ArcGIS. We are hoping to finish this project before winter comes and it becomes too cold, and so far we are on the right track.


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