"GIS for Farmland Preservation Planning"

Online -- Self Paced (Beginning in July 2012)

GIS for Farmland Preservation Planning guides learners through the process of acquiring and analyzing geographic data useful for crafting well-informed farmland preservation policies that fit local community goals and objectives. Agricultural patterns and trends will be explored and farmland preservation alternatives will be created using Esri’s popular ArcGIS Desktop™ software platform.

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After completing course exercises, users will know how to:
  • Relate spatial data, concepts and functions to community goals and objectives.
  • Acquire data from the 5-Year Census of Agriculture and effectively communicate agricultural patterns and trends using maps.
  • Craft customized soils maps and analyses using SSURGO soils data.
  • Analyze land use patterns and trends over time to recognize the potential for urban and rural land use conflicts.
  • Explore other factors related to agricultural productivity, development pressures, and community assets.
  • Craft and evaluate farmland protection scenarios based upon community generated model criteria and the Land Evaluation and Site Assessment protocol.
Who Should Enroll:
  • Planners with some prior GIS education or workplace experience interested in addressing farmland preservation planning tasks using GIS.
  • GIS Analysts and Managers who need to better understand how GIS is used to address farmland preservation planning tasks.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems

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Click here for a copy of the registration form. To register by mail or fax, print and complete this registration form and mail it to: UWSP Continuing Education, 2100 Main Street, Room 32, Stevens Point, WI 54481. Fax with payment to UWSP Continuing Education at 715-346-3504.