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Stewards of the Natural World: GIS for National Parks

Stewards of the Natural World: GIS for National Parks

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When man began to understand the devastating effects of human actions on natural earth systems, he reacted with a new concept: conservation. This era began with the preservation of significant, unique examples of ecosystems, perhaps best exemplified by Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. This was followed by much preservation of dramatic and remnant pieces of ecosystems.

For all its successes, conservation was not without its problems. We were preserving significant, unique, dramatic, and remnant pieces, but we were still losing ecosystems.

The fragmentation issue is huge in an era where landownership and development preclude us from preserving all the pieces needed to make a complete, natural ecosystem. But humans are incredibly smart and have an amazing array of technologies available to extend their abilities. We may not be able to restore complete ecosystems, but we now have the scientific and technical ability to manage and design them.

"You and I are living in a world where we're going to have to move from simply conserving places to actually being proactive and creating healthy places," says Jack Dangermond, president of Esri. With the help of geographic information system (GIS) technology, we are at the dawn of a new era in man's relationship with the environment. As we move from simply conserving and preserving our natural spaces to actively managing and designing them, we are redefining what it means to be masters of our environment.
When man began to understand the devastating effects of human actions on natural earth systems, he reacted with a new concept: conservation. This era began with the preservation of significant, unique examples of ecosystems, perhaps best exemplified by Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. This was followed by much preservation of dramatic and remnant pieces of ecosystems.

For all its successes, conservation was not without its problems. We were preserving significant, unique, dramatic, and remnant pieces, but we were still losing ecosystems.

The fragmentation issue is huge in an era where landownership and development preclude us from preserving all the pieces needed to make a complete, natural ecosystem. But humans are incredibly smart and have an amazing array of technologies available to extend their abilities. We may not be able to restore complete ecosystems, but we now have the scientific and technical ability to manage and design them.

"You and I are living in a world where we're going to have to move from simply conserving places to actually being proactive and creating healthy places," says Jack Dangermond, president of Esri. With the help of geographic information system (GIS) technology, we are at the dawn of a new era in man's relationship with the environment. As we move from simply conserving and preserving our natural spaces to actively managing and designing them, we are redefining what it means to be masters of our environment.

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Stewards of theNatural World:
GIS for National Parks
August 2013
 
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Stewards of the Natural World: GIS for National ParksJ10213
When man began to understand the devastating eects o human actions on natural earth systems, he reacted with a newconcept: conservation. This era began with the preservationo signicant, unique examples o ecosystems, perhaps bestexemplied by Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. Thiswas ollowed by much preservation o dramatic and remnantpieces o ecosystems.For all its successes, conservation was not without its problems.We were preserving signicant, unique, dramatic, and remnantpieces, but we were still losing ecosystems.The ragmentation issue is huge in an era where landownershipand development preclude us rom preserving all the piecesneeded to make a complete, natural ecosystem. But humansare incredibly smart and have an amazing array o technologiesavailable to extend their abilities. We may not be able to
restore
 complete ecosystems, but we now have the scientic andtechnical ability to
manage
and
design
them."You and I are living in a world where we're going to have to moverom simply conserving places to actually being proactive andcreating healthy places," saysJack Dangermond, president o Esri. With the help o geographic inormation system (GIS) technology,we are at the dawn o a new era in man's relationship with theenvironment. As we move rom simply conserving and preservingour natural spaces to actively managing and designing them, weare redening what it means to be masters o our environment.Matt Artz, Esri
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