Geographic Information System (GIS)
GIS means geographic information system, or as I tell others – computerized mapping. Many people use the products of a GIS, such as foresters, farmers, wildlife managers, fisheries managers, wild rice habitat improvement folks, population planners, pollution monitors, land surveyors, reservation planners, police and conservation officers. The users of GIS maps receive information to improve their decision-making and increase the efficiency of their jobs. Not only will GIS be used within Fond du Lac Reservation boundaries, but also with the 1837 and 1854 ceded territories.
The neat thing about GIS is that it uses data from many sources to make a system of many components. There is a lot GIS data already available from Fond du Lac, the state, BIA, and the Ceded Territory Authorities, which can be used to create new information for Fond du Lac’s needs. Satellites will also play an important part of the GIS. A GPS (Global Positioning System) will be used to collect data accurate to within a few feet of its place on earth. Also, satellite images and aerial photos, which can show objects the size of cars and trucks, can be used as background pictures to maps.
For more information contact:
Land Information Manager
Fond du Lac Environmental Program
1720 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
Phone: (218) 878-7128