Cartography, simply stated, is the art and science of making maps. Maps that portray the surface of the earth as well as the oceans and heavens are as necessary today as they have been for centuries. The first wildlife refuge maps were drawn by hand, and reflected little more than a dashed boundary line surrounding the land and water being protected. While the days of using ink pens to create maps are mostly a thing of the past, accurate and detailed maps of our wildlife refuges are needed more than ever.

The Cartographers working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today create a variety of maps for a multitude of purposes. Using computers and special software, they produce maps that show the boundaries of the refuge, the land ownerships inside those boundaries, the wildlife habitats, and refuge management plans. Employing geographic information system (GIS) technology, the maps can be made "intelligent" by linking to a variety of databases that provide information about the lands the FWS currently manages and those lands proposed as future refuges.

For more information about Cartography & GIS within the various Regions of the Fish and Wildlife Service, contact:

  • Region 1 (Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Pacific Remote Islands)
    Dave Hoy, Regional Cartographer
    (503) 231-2230 or e-mail

  • Region 2 (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) 
    Valerie Howard, Regional Cartographer 
    (505) 248-7414 or e-mail

  • Region 3 (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin) 
    Jessica Campbell, Regional Cartographer 
    (612) 713-5481 or e-mail

  • Region 4 (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico)
    Katy McCurdy, Regional Cartographer  
    (404) 679-4056 or e-mail

  • Region 5 (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia)
    Michael J. Hayden, Cartography and Geospatial Services Branch 
    (413) 253-8535 or e-mail

  • Region 6 (Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming)
    Brian Ocepek, Senior Realty Specialist
    (303) 236-3873 or e-mail

  • Region 7 (Alaska)
    Scott McGee, Cartographer
    (907) 786-3440 or e-mail

  • Region 8 (California and Nevada)
    Dave Hoy, Regional Cartographer  
    (503) 231-2230 or email

  • Headquarters (Washington, D.C.)
    Ron Salz, Chief Cartographer
    (703) 358-2404 or email