Land managers carry a lot of information in their heads, but it can be difficult to transfer those details to others. As a public or private land manager, you are used to managing issues such as drought, fire, endangered plant and animal species, and more. But how easy is it to communicate these issues to others?
Our Geographic Information System (GIS) class will help you build the skills needed to develop a virtual land management plan that allows you to communicate your goals and objectives with the Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Land Management, other land managers, or even people on your own team.
This self-paced land management planning program contains over 100 video lectures that can help you build the skills needed to develop land management plans and build a virtual map of the lands you manage.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
You will also learn essential principles of GIS tools to create a virtual map of managed lands with your own pictures and data within GEP.
In this class you will learn how to effectively utilize GIS tools from Oregon State University Extension faculty in a variety of areas. The lecture and modules build off one another, ensuring that you can master these tools and methods.
At the end of the course, you should be able to use free or inexpensive GIS tools to create a land management plan that increases the profitability of the land you manage.
The focused curriculum of this GIS course was developed by an interdisciplinary group of Extension Service personnel at Oregon State to help:
If you manage public or private land in the west or work with those who do, you will likely benefit from this program.
This class will help you develop more effective land management plans. You will learn how to download and utilize historical files for your ranch, including historical fire boundaries, water sources, endangered species habitats and geographical data. Utilizing this information, you will be able to better identify ways to improve conditions and, importantly, communicate this information to others in an effective way.
Gathering and documenting this data in a visually impactful way can help you:
You will also ensure your land management plans live on, allowing these lessons and information to transfer to others.
In this online Land Management Planning for Public Agencies and Profitable Ranches program, 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.
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 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 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 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.
Since 2016, Chris works with producers and land managers on monitoring, management plan development, and stockmanship. He uses these tools to guide public perception of livestock production from “Using pastures to feed cattle” to “Using cattle to shape our landscapes.”
Livestock/Forages/Irrigation Field Faculty—Klamath County
April Hulet, Ph.D. worked for the University of Idaho as the Extension Rangeland Specialist from 2015-2021. Currently at Brigham Young University, April continues to work with the public, land management agencies, and non-governmental organizations to promote sustainable and productive rangelands throughout sagebrush rangelands in the western US. Her primary research interests focus on restoration ecology, fire ecology, and remote sensing and GIS applications on rangeland ecosystems.