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Google Earth Pro-Geographic Information System (GEP-GIS) for Land Managers Course


Private and public land managers in the northern Great Basin and across the western sagebrush steppe closely observe how management impacts plant communities. 

Sometimes these observations are documented while other times they are not.   

This program was designed to help.

The focused curriculum  of this GIS course was developed by an interdisciplinary group of Extension Service personnel at Oregon State University and the University of Idaho to help:

  1. Rangeland managers in the Northern Great Basin—S to SE OR, S ID, N NV
  2. Rangeland managers in the sagebrush steppe including rangeland consultants
  3. Extension Service personnel,  non-profit organizations in natural resources

Develop Land Management Plans

 This Google Earth Pro-Geographic Information System (GEP-GIS) Course will equip you with a science-based framework and skills to develop land management plans and a virtual map of lands that you manage.  

By the end of this online course, you will learn:

  • Basic use of tools within GEP for rangeland and irrigated pastures
  • Threat-based land management ecological framework
  • Classify private and/or public rangelands you manage
  • Create land management plans for private and/or public rangelands

GIS Tools for Mapping Rangeland and Irrigated Pastures

The online course will walk you through principles needed to create effective land management plans using a threat-based land management ecological framework, as well as skills directly related to creating a virtual map of managed land within GEP.

The course includes more than 100 short videos to increase your knowledge and skillset related to effectively using GIS tools to create land management plans for healthy and productive rangelands and/or irrigated pastures.

Learn from Experienced Extension Personnel to Use GIS Tools that Equip You to Create a Land Management Plan with a Virtual Map

Different Extension Service personnel will highlight topics in their field of expertise. The instructors will ensure that every module builds on one another so that you are culminating to a well-developed land management plan.

About This GEP-GIS Course

In this online GEP-GIS course, you will be provided a basic foundation in ecology, GIS, and land management planning through dynamic presentations, videos, and specific tasks that you need to complete on rangelands and/or irrigated pastures.

Course Schedule

  • Course Introduction
  • Module 1: GEP, GIS, and Land Management
  • Module 2: Principles of Rangeland Management
  • Module 3: Irrigated Pasture Management
  • Module 4: Rangeland Monitoring and Health
  • Module 5: Managing Ranch GIS Files
  • Module 6: Importing and Mapping GIS Data
  • Module 7: Land Management Plan

GEP-GIS Learning Outcomes

• Describe the importance of land management plans for rangelands and/or irrigated pastures
• Identify GIS tools are used to develop land management plans
• Classify ecological conditions using the threat-based land management model on sagebrush rangelands
• Illustrate ecological conditions on public and/or private lands
• Outline land management plans based on GEP imagery
• Arrange land management data according to pasture
• Summarize the decisions incorporated in your land management plan

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price (2)
$200 (+ $60 registration fee)
Additional Information: 12 CEUs from the Society for Range Management


Sergio Arispe

Sergio Arispe, Ph.D. is the GEP-GIS PACE Course Team Leader. Since 2014, he has served as the Livestock & Rangeland Field Faculty in Malheur County, located in southeastern Oregon, where he works with public and private land managers to become familiar with tools that can address threats to the sagebrush steppe ecosystem and rangeland-based businesses.

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson has worked over 12 years for Oregon State University, first as a Livestock and Rangeland Extension Agent in Harney County and now as the OSU Rangeland Outreach Coordinator at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center.   The focus of his outreach and applied research includes developing resilient natural resource and livestock management systems, improving the success of rangeland restoration efforts, identifying management practices that enhance the productivity and resiliency of rangeland and wetland habitats, and facilitating landowner and grazing permittee participation in cooperative rangeland assessment and monitoring programs.    

Vanessa Schroeder

Vanessa Schroeder is one of the GEP-GIS PACE course instructors. She has worked as a faculty research assistant for Oregon State University since 2016, focusing her research and extension programs on supporting wildlife and ranching in sagebrush ecosystems.

Christy Tanner

Christy Tanner is one of the GEP-GIS PACE course instructors. Since 2018 she has served as the field crops and watershed management field faculty member in Malheur County. Her extension and research programs help farmers produce food, forage and seed crops economically, while conserving water, and reducing erosion.

Chris Schachtschneider

Livestock & Rangeland Field Faculty—Union & Morrow Counties

Ian McGregor

Livestock/Forages/Irrigation Field Faculty—Klamath County

April Hulet

April Hulet, Ph.D. has worked for the University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources since 2015 in the Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences department. April works with the public, land management agencies, and non-governmental organization to promote sustainable and productive rangelands throughout Idaho. Her primary research interests focus on restoration ecology, fire ecology, and remote sensing and GIS applications on rangeland ecosystems.

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