A new Draft Atlas is underway entitled “North Thompson Sustainable Watershed Atlas” “Sharing information and resources to improve the capacity of decision makers within the context of achieving a healthy and sustainable life in the North Thompson Valley.” “We are the North Thompson Sustainable Watershed Mapping Group (NTSWMG), composed of a cross-section of North Thompson Valley organizations and individuals that work together to foster the sharing of information and the development of new types of Internet-based local maps. These interactive maps provide valuable information and help individuals, governments, businesses, and groups within the communities of the North Thompson Valley make sound decisions. The members of the North Thompson Sustainable Watershed Mapping Group include the North Thompson Communities Foundation, the North Thompson Food Coalition, and the Community Resource Centre for the North Thompson. We are working in collaboration with members of the Community Mapping Network, the Fraser Basin Council and the Kamloops South-Thompson Mapping and Capacity Partnership towards creating a sustainable future for the North Thompson valley. The North Thompson Sustainable Watershed Atlas is the Group’s initial effort to map our valley’s social, environmental, cultural, economic and infrastructure assets, resources and values.
New colour orthophotography has just been captured for the entire perimeter of Shuswap, Little Shuswap, and Mara Lakes. In addition several rivers were also photographed. The new imagery will be added to the CSRD Watershed Atlas over the winter.
The FREMP atlas is an interactive on-line map hosted by the Community Mapping Network (CMN). This is the link to the Atlas: http://cmnmaps.ca/FREMP/intro%20disclaimer.html The FREMP Atlas contains the following data layers: • Orthophotos of the FREMP area (2004) • Habitat Classification (Colour Coding) • Habitat Inventory of the Fraser River Estuary, • Other information layers (e.g. watercourses) (Note that the habitat classifications (colour codes) apply to the area on the wetted side of the dyke, and may not line up correctly with cadastral (property boundary) data. Mismatches between these data layers may be caused by errors in either data set. See the metadata in the Atlas for more details on each data layer.)
Using the Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping atlas, workshop participants are encouraged to map where there is a conservation or enhancement issue for coho salmon and indicate what action could be taken to address the problem. A separate data entry sheet for each challenge or issue must be filled in. Multiple entries will be accepted and are encouraged http://www.cmnmaps.ca/SHIM/
Check out the new Kamloops – South Thompson Sustainable Community Atlas developed by the Kamloops South-Thompson Mapping and Capacity Partnership–a group of area organizations who have collaborated on the project.
A Shim training curriculum was completed by Langley Environmental Partners (LEPS) through the Real Estate Foundation of BC and the City of Surrey. Training opportunities will be available through LEPS and the University College of the Fraser Valley in the future.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District Habitat Atlas is the most up to date source of fish distribution information for urban and agricultural areas. The Atlas incorporates the federal and provincial government Fisheries Information Summary System information, is built on 1:20,000 topographical maps and has 2005 colour orthophotography. The Atlas will strengthen the community’s awareness and connection to its urban ecology and social resources through locally created maps. The Atlas is a work in progress and needs to be updated and ground truthed.
The new Southern Gulf Islands (SGI) atlas available through the Community Mapping Network is a web-based mapping tool that brings together a variety of information about the environment, landscape, and cultural aspects of the southern Gulf Islands. It is an on-going partnership project between Parks Canada, CMN, and CPAWS. Its main purpose is to foster public awareness of the ecosystems in and surrounding the the Gulf Islands Nature Park Reserve and to help make informed decisions that promote the maintenance of ecological integrity on park lands while at the same time allowing for public enjoyment and education opportunities.
You can view information related to distribution and types of ecosystems, biological communities, parks and protected areas, topography of the region, and many more aspects. You can now view 18 hours of shoreline video (with audio commentary) and 4000 still images. Using a high speed connection with internet explorer you can watch the video while tracking your position on a map of the shoreline. With time, many more thematic layers will become available. The atlas has an easy, intuitive user interface and provides tools for carrying out basic operations on the data such as, zoom, select, buffer generation, measuring distances, bookmarking, redlining, and printing.
The contents of the atlas can assist researchers in creating a profile of the myriad of ecosystems within the park at many scales. It can be used in the development of communications and interpretive products, provide the building blocks for management planning, and paint a portrait of the human presence on the islands over time.
The Private Well Network (PWN) is a community-based initiative designed to encourage private well owners to protect their health through regular and affordable testing of well water quality.
The mission of the Community Greenmap atlas is to strengthen community awareness and connection to its urban ecology and social resources through locally created maps.