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GIS proved a valuable tool in surveying and evaluating cultural resources in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Source: CRGIS.

The National Preservation Institute will offer two seminars entitled “GIS: Practical Applications for Cultural Resource Projects” on 1-2 and 3-4 March 2011 in Salem, Oregon. The seminars will review geographic information system (GIS) concepts combining spatial technologies and database management systems in the area of historic preservation. Participants will learn how to use GIS applications for identification, evaluation, protection, and preservation of cultural resources. From assisting with inventories, to mapping historic districts and battlefields, to mitigating the impact of disasters on historic areas, GIS technology can be used to provide a better basis for planning and decisionmaking for the nation’s heritage.

The seminars will be led by Deidre McCarthy, historian and technical services specialist, Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS), National Park Service; facilitates the use of GIS to manage the location, status, and condition of cultural resources.

ASLA members will receive 6 learning units each day for designated seminars that meet the criteria for programs in the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System.

Costs: $450 (6-week advance registration); $500 (regular registration)

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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119