Geographic Information Systems

In the Southeast region we use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and location data to perform spatial analysis and to produce maps. Spatial data plays a very important role in decision making. For example, the Service uses location data on threatened and endangered species to consult with developers in order to avoid impacts to these species. We use environmental data to create models that predict the locations of rare species or to prioritize locations for restoration. The Southeast Region’s GIS Steering Committee meets several times each year to facilitate data collection, sharing, and spatial analysis. Learn more about GIS projects in the Southeast.

Training Opportunities

The committee also provides an annual GIS training opportunity each summer in Cookeville, TN. The National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV provides GIS training opportunities throughout the year.

Annual GIS Training

We are excited to announce our 2017 Regional GIS Training at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 beginning at 8:00 AM Central and ending on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 5pm. Tuition is free, the only cost for the training are travel and lodging expenses. The training is open to any interested southeast region employee with supervisory approval. Enrollment for other FWS, DOI, Federal, or State employees will be open on a space-available basis once Regional requests are accommodated.

If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to Matthew Snider or Jason Duke with the name, job title, office, phone, and e-mail of EACH attendee from your office. We need an accurate head count by April 14, 2017. Course lists will be e-mailed to everyone we have on record as of that date to allow you to pre-register for the course offerings. A detailed agenda will be sent at that time.

The training will open with a general 4 hour plenary session to be followed by multiple tracks of courses. There will be an Intro track, an Intermediate and an Advanced track. Caty McCurdy will lead the Intro to GIS course for a full 3-day period and a team of instructors will lead the Intermediate track. All courses are hands-on and will be taught using ArcGIS 10.4.1 and extensions. We are targeting different training opportunities for all levels of GIS knowledge and skill.

The course descriptions should help you get a better idea of which classes to sign up for. We look forward to seeing you in Cookeville!

GIS Data

Federal Data

State Data

Regional GIS Steering Committee

Alabama

Drew Rollman, Cartographer
Alabama Ecological Services Field Office
1208 Main Street
Daphne, Alabama 36526
Phone: (251) 441-5866

Emery Hoyle, Deputy Project Leader
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
2700 Refuge HQ Road
Decatur, Alabama 35603
Phone: (256) 353-7243

Arkansas

Jim Besley, Information Technology Specialist
Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office
110 South Amity Road, Suite 300
Conway, Arkansas 72032-4761
Phone: (501) 513-4470

Florida

Paul Lang, Geographic Information Systems
Panama City Ecological Services Field Office
1601 Balboa Ave
Panama City, Florida 32405
Phone: (850) 769-0552 x230

Kirsten Luke, Geographic Information Systems
Atlantic Coast Joint Venture
1601 Balboa Ave
Panama City, Florida 32405
Phone: (850) 769-0552 x253

Georgia

Jose Barrios, Geographic Information Systems
Southeast Regional Office
1875 Century Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: (404) 679-7358

Caty McCurdy, Realty Specialist
Southeast Regional Office
1875 Century Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: (404) 679-4056

Roy Hewitt, Web Developer
Southeast Regional Office
1875 Century Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: (404) 679-7306

Louisiana

Matthew Snider, Geographic Information Systems
Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office
646 Cajundome Blvd., Suite 400
Lafayette, Louisiana 70506
Phone: (337) 266-8535

Yvonne Allen, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing
Gulf Coast Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative
237 Parker Coliseum, LSU
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803
Phone: (225) 578-2203

Robert Greco, Cartographer
Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office
646 Cajundome Blvd., Suite 400
Lafayette, Louisiana 70506-4231
Phone: (337) 291-3150

Mississippi

Ryan Theel, Geographic Information Systems
Mississippi Ecological Services
6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Suite A
Jackson, MS 39213
Phone: (601) 321-1134

Blaine Elliott, Geographic Information Systems
Lower Mississippi Valley Join Venture
190 Business Park Drive, Suite E
Ridgeland MS 39157
Phone: (601) 206-5431

Angela Erves, Information Technology
Lower Mississippi Valley Join Venture
3909 Halls Ferry Road, EEA
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180
Phone: (601) 206-5431

North Carolina

Doug Newcomb, Cartographer
Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office
551-F Pylon Drive
Raleigh, NC 27636
Phone: (919) 856-4520 x14

Brian Van Druten, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
100 Conservation Way 1969
Manteo, North Carolina 27954
Phone: (828) 258-3939 x231

Mark Endries, Wildlife Biologist
Asheville Ecological Services Field Office
160 Zillicoa St
Asheville, North Carolina 28801 Phone: (828) 258-3939 x231

Amy Keister, GIS Coordinator
South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
1751 Varsity Drive, 2nd Floor, Rm. 214-38
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606
Phone: (828) 258-3939 x231

South Carolina

Brian Paddock, Information Technology
Charleston Ecological Services Office
176 Croghan Spur Road, Suite 200
Charleston, South Carolina 29407
Phone: (843) 727-4707

Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands

Karen Torres, Information Technology
Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office
Carr 301, KM 5.1, Bo Corozo
Boqueron, Puerto Rico 00622-0510
Phone: (787) 851-7297

Tennessee

Jason Duke, Regional GIS Coordinator
Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office
446 Neal Street
Cookeville, Tennessee 38501
Phone: (931) 528-6481 x216

Kurt Snider, Cartographer
Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office
446 Neal Street
Cookeville, Tennessee 38501
Phone: (931) 528-6481 x219