CHEYENNE - A computer-based mapping tool for viewing the locations of a wide variety of wildlife habitats, big game migration corridors, federal/state/private land status, human structures such as towns, roads, and oil or gas wells, and other features is now available through a comprehensive database on the internet.
This landscape-level information is called the Wyoming Interagency Spatial Database and Online Management System or WISDOM, and is endorsed by the Western Governors’ Association. Similar information will soon be available in all western states and is already available for Arizona, California and Montana.
“These special maps are valuable for anyone interested in wildlife, but particularly to companies looking to lay a pipeline or other means of transmission,” said Kirk Nordyke, geographic information system coordinator for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “The maps could also be useful for someone planning any type of project and wanting to know the type of wildlife habitat in the project area as well as proximity of other projects, roads, streams etc., so they will have a detailed snapshot of the land use and wildlife status they would deal with on the project.”
WISDOM does not identify the location of individual private lands or owner’s names, or specific wildlife sites, such as sage grouse leks, raptor nests, or bear dens. The maps are not recommended as a public/private land guide for hunters.
WISDOM can be accessed at http://wisdom.wygisc.org, including a tutorial on its operation and what the system offers. In addition, online workshops of how to use the system and its various applications are being offered by the University of Wyoming’s Geographic Information Science Center in August:
Aug. 14 10-11 a.m.
Aug. 16 noon-1 p.m.
Aug 20 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Aug. 24 noon -1 p.m.
Enroll in the workshops at http://wisdom.wygisc.org.
Prior to its launch to the public, the WISDOM system was presented to agricultural and energy organizations, land management agencies, and various other organizations during spring 2012.
“Hunters and anglers care about wildlife conservation, and we also support responsible energy development in the West,” said Brad Powell, energy director for Trout Unlimited. “WISDOM offers early access to information about key wildlife areas that will help a developer get their project built while working with the state to adequately minimize and mitigate impacts.”
In partnership with the Western Governors’ Association, WISDOM has been developed in Wyoming by the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, in cooperation with the Wyoming Game and Fish, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, Department of Environmental Quality, Office of State Lands and Investments, Department of Transportation, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Persons with questions about the system should contact Nordyke at email@example.com or (307) 777-4595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Contact: Kirk Nordyke (307) 777-4595)