San Juan County Public Works - GIS Division is the receipient of a $100,000 grant from EIRS, a research group working in alliance with major technology leaders. ESRI was founded in 1969 "to organize and analyze geographic information to help land planners and land resource managers make well-informed environmental decisions."
The announcement states: "San Juan Country Public Works - GIS Division has been selected as a winner of the Esri and PCI Natural Resources Imagery Grant Program. Our evaluation team felt that your proposed project demonstrates innovative approaches that will help your organization better use GIS, image processing, and remote-sensing technologies to solve natural resources management problems. In addition, we believe that your project, San Juan Islands Land Cover Analysis, will help other similar organizations improve their use of GIS and imagery."
The grant, the result of work by Public Works Director Frank Mulcahey, county staff Terri Clark, Joby Clark and Dave Osterbrink, will provide a substantial boost to a historically under-funded county department.
More information about ESRI's variety of programs is available on its website.