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Layers, Layers, Layers

I have come to realize that half of the battle in creating a conservation priority map is locating the proper layers. I spent about an hour looking through the National Map searching for a good Aster DEM 30×30 as well as hydrography and wetlands layers. I found a couple that are for my project area,… Read more »

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GIS Layers

I think the most difficult aspect of my project so far has been the data layer collection. Because my project spans between two counties (Los Angeles and Ventura County) I have to deal not one, but two different databases and shortcomings. Although it has been a long and tiresome process of looking through the countless… Read more »

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King Gillette Ranch

Today, I had my second meeting with SMMC at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. We discussed my project progress as well as layers that I have acquired and also what is still needed to complete the project. After the meeting I took the time to explore the visitors center and collected some brochures and maps regarding cool hiking and… Read more »

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Dead Week Update

It is that time of the year again! Ready or not, finals are coming and they don’t care if you get enough sleep. To any of my colleagues out there reading this, Red Bull my friends! I am feeling the stress this week with all my course work and my full time job, but I am… Read more »

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GIS Layer Update

Today I visited the National Park Service Headquarters to meet with a contact to receive layers. She had created some layers for a comprehensive plan in the Santa Monica Mountains for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in the past. I was able to receive parcel, park, land use, and corridor layers to integrate into my project…. Read more »

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Project Update II

Lately I have been doing a lot of literature review as my project is beginning to become more streamlined and focused. I looked up barriers to land use planning and development and found a lot of interesting articles on the topic. I want to incorporate examples from other areas that show the applicability of my… Read more »

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Outline of the Introduction

Today in class we needed to present our outline of our introduction. I learned that the introduction is strictly a background, mission statement, problem at hand. From my peer review session I also learned that my introduction was a little too heavy on the methods side, I was also advised to include why my project matters… Read more »

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Project Design

Today I met with Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy today to discuss the project design. I sat down with land use planners as well as a GIS specialist to discuss the logistics and approach to my project! During the meeting I was able to determine my project area as well as organize my resources (which is… Read more »

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Annotated Bibliography

Gathering sources is no simple task. I had a particularly hard time distinguishing between journals that I needed and journals that were interesting to me. After I accumulated about 30 articles that were germane to my project and peeked my interest, I had to sort through all the literature to locate the ones I really… Read more »

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Project Update

My project has been moving along at a steady pace. Lately I have been sorting through county websites trying to find a layer with structures that I can use to create my layer for wild life corridors. I have been having a lot of issues trying to sort through a vast amount of layers, which… Read more »