GMF and Harte Research Institute GIS Group Collaboration!
The GMF is rolling out a new habitat restoration tool at the National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration coming up November 1st-6th in Washington D.C. The GEMS Restoration Portal will be a new online platform that provides data and other useful information to help plan and execute better restoration projects. Program Manager, Mike Smith and Dr. John Wood, Harte Research Institute GIS Research Associate, will roll out the beta version at the conference. From an interactive map interface, users can find thousands of restoration projects, conserved lands, and the GEMS themselves, which are ecological sites which have been prioritized for restoration by the five Gulf States. Find projects of a specific habitat type in your area of interest, read project summaries and lessons learned written up by the project leaders whose contact information will be made available. Even download the data and work with it to develop your project.
Join us at 10:30 AM on November 4th if you will attend the conference (see Summit program, page 41). If not stay tuned for the online rollout or get in touch via email@example.com. We will make sure you know about it first. The GEMS Restoration Portal will be released soon. To view the first phase interactive map and for more information go to the GEMS Program page.
The GEMS Portal is a product of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, created with funding from the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program. Restore America’s Estuaries and The Coastal Society have come together for the first time this year to present The Summit: “Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience”. This is one of the biggest and best restoration conferences of the year. Learn more about this grand opportunity to learn and connect at the Restore America’s Estuaries website!