Wyoming Ecological Services
Mountain-Prairie Region


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GIS & Geospatial Tools

Wyoming Ecological Services (WYES) GIS/Geospatial program uses GIS (Geographic Information Systems), GPS (Global Positioning Systems), and other Geospatial data and products to conduct spatial analysis and produce data, graphics, and maps to support WYES work and FWS mission. These Geospatial tools allows the spatial element to be included at a landscape level to improve management of resources.

GIS and Google Earth layers developed by the WYES office are available for download using the link below or in the menu to the right. Any problems with the download should be reported to the WYES Cartographer - Jim Lindstrom (james_lindstrom@fws.gov). Likewise, any problems or questions with the data itself should be directed to the WYES Cartogrpaher - Jim Lindstrom (james_lindstrom@fws.gov).




Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a system of hardware and software used for storage, retrieval, mapping, and analysis of geospatial data. Spatial features are stored in a coordinate system, which references a particular place on the earth. Descriptive attributes in tabular form are associated with the spatial features. Spatial data and associated attributes in the same coordinate system can then be layered together for mapping and analysis. GIS has many uses including scientific investigations, resource management, development planning, and web mapping applications.

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) is a space-based global navigation satellite system developed by the Department of Defense (DOD). GPS allows land, sea, and airborne users to determine their exact location, velocity, and time 24 hours a day, in all weather conditions, anywhere in the world. This technology has been widely utilized in natural resource and conservation management including locating invasive plant species, mapping new infrastructure on public lands, monitoring the movement of wildlife and aiding fire fighters to navigate to specific locations to protect valued resources.

Geospatial Data identifies and depicts geographic locations, boundaries and characteristics of features on the surface of the earth. Geospatial data includes geographic coordinates (e.g., Latitude and Longitude) to identify the location of earth’s features, and data associated to geographic locations; for example land survey data and land cover type data.
Last updated: April 10, 2015