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Improving Access of Historical Aerial Imagery for the Central Virginia Area

Conservation Partner: Capital Region Land Conservancy

Project Description

W&M students are utilizing the ArcGIS Mapping Viewer Application to support Capital Region Land Conservancy foster a better understanding of historical land use changes and to help facilitate some meaningful conservations about conservation in Central Virginia.

The app will make aerial imagery taken of the Chesapeake Watershed every 10 to 20 years starting in 1937 from National Archives, US Department of Agriculture more readily useable to support their conservation and restoration efforts. This user-friendly app would provide data needed to explore how grassland ecosystems have changed over time and will bring awareness of these important landscapes that historically were very abundant in the Richmond area. With that, new restoration and conservation projects can be kick started, which will foster important ecosystem benefits in the Richmond area, including improving water quality, carbon storage, wildlife, and pollinator habitat.

Project ID - Format
22-003-22 - Conservation GIS Lab