Vision and GIS Case Studies

California Neighborhood Parks: GIS Analysis

In 2006, California voters approved Proposition 84, providing the state $400 million for new and revitalized parks. We developed an allocation system based on where parks are needed most in order to guarantee that Proposition 84 provides the greatest possible public benefit. download pdf

Carolina Thread Trail: Greenway Planning

The Thread is a regional network of greenways, trails, and conserved lands that will serve approximately 2.3 million citizens in North Carolina and South Carolina. download pdf

Central Texas: Greenprint for Growth

The Central Texas Greenprint is helping counties protect their most valued resources with a plan that reflects residents’ specific needs—while taking into account the larger region. download pdf

Chattanooga: Creating Greenways

In 1994, we signed an agreement with the City of Chattanooga to implement the city’s Greenways Master Plan. The plan called for nearly 100 miles of trails and winding walkways along the edge of the Tennessee River and the ridges that surround the community. download pdf

Deschutes County Greenprint Case Study

We partnered with the Deschutes Land Trust, city administrators, and local parks and recreation departments to create a comprehensive plan to prioritize lands for conservation and recreation. download pdf

Jefferson Parish: Greenprint for Growth

We worked with Jefferson Parish to create a Greenprint that identified areas where new parks could meet gaps in recreational services, create an interconnected system of walking and biking trails, improve access to the waterfront, and protect and restore wetlands outside the levee system. download pdf

Kalamazoo, Michigan: Connecting Children With Nature

We created a Green Community Mapping Project using cutting-edge GIS mapping technology to show how many children and teenagers in Kalamazoo lack opportunities for outdoor play. download pdf

Lower Meramec River: Source Water Demonstration Project

The Lower Meramec River Basin was identified as an ideal location for a pilot project to demonstrate how forest land protection and management in watersheds can protect drinking water supplies. download pdf

North Carolina: Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative

We created a regional plan for protecting drinking water sources in the Upper Neuse River Basin. download pdf

North Shore Greenprint

In partnership with the North Shore Community Land Trust, we identified lands critical for agriculture, natural habitat, water quality, and view planes while improving recreation access and preserving places of cultural and historic importance.
download North Shore greenprint brochure
download full report pdf

Northern Ohio: Online Conservation Gateway

The Gateway integrates spatial data and facilitates collaboration to aid in planning and conservation, allowing cities and towns to share information and resources across jurisdictional boundaries. download pdf

Penobscot Valley: Community Greenprint

We partnered with the Penobscot Valley Council of Governments, the Bangor Land Trust, and the 12 towns to create the Penobscot Valley Community Greenprint, which identified and prioritized regional values and conservation opportunities. download pdf

Quinault Nation: Conservation Strategy

We partnered with the Quinault Indian Nation to develop a comprehensive conservation strategy that includes Greenprinting, funding strategies, real estate training, and landowner outreach. download pdf

Santa Ana, California: Park Deficits and Opportunities Assessment.

Our GIS team developed maps that revealed a startling lack of parkland in Council District 2, an area in the central/northeast part of Santa Ana, the country’s eighth-most densely populated city. download pdf

Sebago Lake Region Greenprint

In 2011, we joined the Loon Echo Land Trust in creating a Greenprint for guiding open space and natural resource conservation in Maine’s Sebago Lake region.
download pdf of case study
download pdf of full report

Tualatin River Watershed

Along with a technical team of local and state experts, we developed a GIS-based model that identifies the lands within the Tualatin River watershed most important for conserving water quality—including restoration sites. download pdf