The Methow Conservancy in Washington State has a big job – protecting thousands of acres and shoreline habitat. In addition to conserving these crucial habitats, staff work with landowners and host educational initiatives in the community to help everyone get involved. All of this is done with just 10 staff members, which means the Conservancy has had to find the best and most efficient way to map out the 7,945 acres and 28.4 miles of shoreline.
Dawn Woodruff, monitoring and IT coordinator, explains that there are 102 conservation easements across those acres and, without a flexible mapping platform, it would be nearly impossible to plan and manage them.
“Conversation easements take months or even a few years to develop and require extensive mapping work to describe the current condition of the property and to graphically represent the property restrictions for the future,” she said.
That means carefully noting any changes in the land over time and layering different maps onto one another to observe the differences in habitat. And that’s where MapInfo comes in.
A Map in All Dimensions
The Methow Conservancy has been using MapInfo for years to better visualize everything from basic outlines for property visits to detailed maps showing infrastructure, vegetation, wetlands, soils, spawning grounds and more. “I love how user friendly MapInfo is. I’ve worked for other organizations that used different mapping software, but when I came to the Methow Conservancy in the late 1990s I made sure we got MapInfo in here.”
With MapInfo v12, Woodruff has started using Layer Control in the main window, which has proven to be a big benefit. “With a single glance I can see all the layers opened, their order and all the styles associated with them. I love it,” she said.
In addition to enhanced visibility, MapInfo v12.5 offers users a new Layout Designer to prepare layouts for printing and sharing, along with the ability to add text and imagery to layouts – making for more customizable maps than ever before.
The growing sophistication of mobile devices and mapping models is putting more importance on location intelligence for all organizations. This is critical for the Methow Organization, because just a small change in the environment could cause a chain reaction across different habitats, which is why keeping detailed maps – and being able to compare them – is so crucial to the nonprofit’s mission.
Getting Everyone Involved
Whether you’re a nonprofit or a business, the value in location intelligence is found in relaying information back to stakeholders who can use those insights to identify new strategies and opportunities. With the new Layout Designer and additional visibilities and controls, MapInfo v12.5 makes that easier. Users can add images, label, color-code and arrange maps to emphasize certain properties or offer a certain view to decision-makers, extending the power of location across the entire organization.
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