IGIS is pleased to release a new map of the ANR network. This poster-size map of the state includes 60 Cooperative Extension Offices, 9 RECS, and 6 affiliated campuses. The legend is accompanied by short descriptions of the main components of ANR, as well as logos of the Statewide Program and Institutes. As far as we know, this is the first attempt ever to map the entire ANR continuum.
Designing the map took several months. Our goal was to create a map that would serve both as a useful reference as well as communicate ANR's mission, structure, and programmatic breadth. Shane Feirer and Andy Lyons developed over 14 drafts in 2018 with input from the Strategic Communications Team and numerous County Directors. A prototype was displayed at the Statewide Conference in April 2018, where we received great feedback including the locations of a couple of satellite offices we didn't know about!
The final product has a classic look and feel to it, with numerous design elements from the ANR Branding toolkit. We created the map in ArcGIS Pro and designed it for bulk printing with a commercial 4-color offset printer. The later was anything but trivial, and we documented a number of tips and lessons learned in a new Tech Note.
Copies of the map have already been distributed to most County Directors and RECS, with a few more to go (if your office hasn't received one, please let us know!). We hope the map will educate visitors about ANR's geographic and programmatic breadth, as well as help orient new ANR employees to our amazing network and beautiful state.
A high-quality PDF copy of the map will be available in the ANR Repository in early 2019, making it easy to print additional copies at copy shops and office supply stores. The ANR network is alive and growing, so a map like this will never be finalized. We will continue to keep the PDF copy updated when we hear about changes to office locations and Statewide Programs. We love to get feedback, so please let us know what you think!
- Author: Andy Lyons
From April 9-12, 2019, we'll be teaching the second annual Drones for Biologists workshop at the gorgeous Hastings Natural History Reservation in collaboration with The Wildlife Society Western Section and the UC Natural Reserve System. This training event specifically caters to the interests of natural resource managers, and includes special sessions on using drones for wildlife research, UAV regulations from the US Fish Wildlife Service, and updates from the CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife. New for 2019, participants will have an option to stay for an extra two days to conduct a mentored research project (can you detect turkeys with drones?), that we plan to collectively write up and submit for publication. If you've never been to Hastings, it's a beautiful 2,500-acre oak woodland reserve in the Carmel Valley with onsite accommodation and training facilities. Registration is now open, with discounted rates for TWS members and UCANR employees.
We're thrilled to be providing these two trainings on drone data collection for the public, and even more thrilled to be working with collaborators who complement our areas of expertise with deep dives into technology developments, research, and policy. To use drones effectively involves navigating some deep waters, these workshops will save aspiring drone users vast amounts of time, money and painful mishaps. Hope to see you there!
- Author: Andy Lyons
The Clearinghouse is a database-driven platform with a wealth of curated resources for climate adaptation. The site originated out of Senate Bill 246, which mandates OPR to provide resources on climate adaptation for local governments, regional planning agencies, and other practitioners working on adaptation and resilience. The database also contains sea-level rise resources collected by the Ocean Protection Council under Assembly Bill 2516. It's an amazing resource for anyone looking to strengthen climate change preparedness in their local government, community, or business.
The database includes numerous planning resources that have been developed and vetted by experts in the field. For example, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network has a how-to guide for local governments on developing equitable, community-driven climate preparedness plans, which you can find in the Clearinghouse. There are also examples of vulnerability assessments, local plans, and funding strategies. The majority of resources are hosted by other organizations, but unlike a Google search all the resources in the Clearinghouse have been reviewed, annotated, and cataloged by subject matter specialists.
To help find resources, the Clearinghouse has a number of search options, including more than a dozen topic categories adapted from Safeguarding California, the state's overall roadmap for building climate change resiliency. You can also search by Type of Impact (e.g., drought, sea level rise), Resource Type (e.g., case study, assessment, policy guidance), and of course an interactive map. Each resource has a descriptive blurb so you can quickly find what you need.
Adaptation planning can be information intensive, so the Tools and Data section of the website is devoted to helping people find data and crunch the numbers. Interested in rangelands? Check out the CA Landscape Conservation Cooperative's compiled Threat Assessments to California Rangelands. Sea level rise? Perhaps the CosMos modeling tool from USGS, or the Surging Seas tool from Climate Central. Like all resources, each tool and dataset has a user-friendly description, a technical summary, a bit about the data, and links to the source. One of our favorites is the California Energy Commission's Cal-Adapt, which includes both historical and projected climate data downscaled for California.
Climate adaptation is complicated, but information portals like the Clearinghouse allow anyone to tap into the incredible amount of work that has already been done in California and elsewhere. Rather than reinvent the wheel, local agencies can build upon vetted guidelines from similar areas. We are all fortunate that the State of California has invested in a platform to share curated resources for the long-term, because climate adaptation is already part of the new normal. More resources are in the pipeline, so check it out and then check back often to see what's new.
The River Fire began July 27, 2018 at 1pm on Old River Road in Hopland. By the evening it had spread, and was threatening numerous buildings in the area. We have a ANR Research and Extension Center (HREC) there, and Shane Feirer from IGIS lives and works here. Evacuations were ordered quickly, and down in the bay area we all held our breath hoping the fire wouldn’t harm people or animals or consume the HREC buildings. By the time it was contained (as part of the Mendocino Complex), it had burned 48,920 acres. We’ve been flying drones over HREC for awhile, and the last month we did more drone flights to map the post-fire landscape. We flew some Hangar 360 flights with a DJI Phantom to get some sweet overviews of the scene (example1, example2, example3), and flew much of the area with our eBee on the first mission and Matrices on the second mission with both multispectral and RGB cameras.
These pics below compare the eBee imagery (2cm) with Planet imagery (3m).
These are pics of the eBee (far left) and the Matrice (far right) getting ready to fly into the blackened landscape, and some snaps from the Hanger pics.
- Author: Shane Feirer
Have you ever wished you had your own geoportal like ArcGIS Online within your own ArcGIS Online Organization, now you can with Esri Arcgis Hub. ArcGIS Hub and the Sites it can create will allow you to do just that. Now within UCANR we can create sub sites within our organization account. We have the ability to create sub sites for other groups in UCANR like Integrated Pest Management (IPM), 4H, Master Gardeners, to name but a few. I look forward to rolling out these Sites to other groups and team within UCANR.