GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. GIS software automates databases and maps to reveal the spatial patterns of data. A Geographic Information System (GIS) lets the user visualize, analyze, query, and interpret data to explore patterns and trends in a map-based context. This information is stored in subject-specific data layers (such as soils, streams, endangered species, or pollution hotspots). Multiple map layers are then “stacked” on top of each other to demonstrate how these different subjects are related to each other geographically.
GIS is a critical part of conservation planning at NRCS. We use GIS in our daily work to inventory natural resources, identify resource concerns, and propose proper solutions in the form of conservation practices.