Working With Local Organizations and Private Land Owners

ISAMM seeks research endeavors that promote collaborative participation between HSU and the local community. Public lands in Humboldt County are owned and managed by a number of municipal, state, and federal agencies. Additionally, large tracks of land are owned by local timber companies and other private land owners. The opportunity to utilize UAS to acquire data that can improve conservation and management practices is tremendous.

The City of Arcata

The City of Arcata encompasses an area of 10.994 square miles at the northern end of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California. The City owns and manages a number of undeveloped natural areas of considerable conservation value. These areas provide valuable resources to local wildlife and migratory birds, and serve as recreation areas for the local community. The City has expressed considerable interest in working with HSU's geospatial and wildlife students on mapping and monitoring projects.*

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Green Diamond Resource Company

The Green Diamond Resource Company (GDRC) is the largest private land owner in the area immediately surrounding Humboldt State University. The company manages a vast forest ecosystem, and has a long history developing sustainable forestry practices. HSU's students and faculty have conducted a wide range of studies on GDRC land. The company has expressed considerable interest in working with HSU to utilize unmanned technology in forestry applications.*

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Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management administers 245 million acres of public land within the United States. In Northwestern California, the Agency is responsible for over 200,000 acres. These lands are rich in natural resources, and the agency is tasked with determining how best to manage them among different competing interests. The opportunities for collaboration between the BLM and ISAMM are tremendous, and in the coming years, the Institute aims to develop UAS methodologies and solutions that are of value to the agency.*

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California State Parks

California State Parks manages 280 parks in California. Lands managed by CA State Parks are among the most naturally, culturally, and recreationally diverse lands in the nation. There are 22 state parks in the northern region of California, with several located around Humboldt State. ISAMM aims to collaborate with CA State Parks to develop research opportunities that enable students to participate in protecting California's incredible resources.*

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), along with NOAA Fisheries are responsible for protecting and monitoring many of the world's most critical resources. NOAA Fisheries is tasked with ensuring the preservation of resources along the entire western coast of California, including the watersheds that drain to Pacific. In Northern California, the Agency is tasked with protecting critical habitat for Pacific Salmon and steelhead, marine mammals, abalone, and other species. ISAMM aims to participate in the conservation of these critical habitats, developing UAS solutions and geospatial methodologies that can be adopted by the broader scientific community.*

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is tasked with managing the fish, wildlife, and plant species of California. CDFW's northern California region includes, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity counties. This portion of California is largely undeveloped, and teaming with natural resources. The Department of Wildlife at HSU is one of the most well-regarded in the state of California. ISAMM aims to incorporate this knowledge-base with its geospatial services and unmanned technologies to develop new methodologies for wildlife research.*

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SchoonerTurtles is dedicated to providing quality software and services for environmental research and conservation planning. The company specializes in working with large spatial data sets and spatial analysis problems.

SchoonerTurtles was founded by Dr. Jim Graham who is a professor at Humboldt State University and a research scientist with Colorado State University. See his website for additional information.

The company's primary product is BlueSpray, a revolutionary Geographic Information System (GIS) for acquiring, processing, analyzing, and publishing geospatial information.

For more information about the SchoonerTurtles, click here.

* Content on this page was adapted from information obtained from the websites of the agencies and organizations listed.