maps and GIS
The Forest Service uses the most current and complete data available. GIS data and product accuracy may vary. They may be: developed from sources of differing accuracy, accurate only at certain scales, based on modeling or interpretation, incomplete while being created or revised, etc. Using GIS products for purposes other than those for which they were created, may yield inaccurate or misleading results.
The above was taken from the DEIS disc
As I am a degree'd GIS/cartographer let me try and explain the process and ideas of how the forest service could have came up with their messed up alternatives of which we have no choice in choosing, other than the preffered choice D
there were two GIS proffessionals at the folsom meeting, Jason and the dark haired lady, GIS is an acronym for Geographic information systems which entails manipulation of computer data and programs to come up with the desired effect or situation which is usually determined by a person higher up in their chain of command, These GIS proffessionals usaully spend their days compiling,collecting,arranging and configuring Data obtained through varying sources. They have probably hardly ever actually been in the field if at all, if any of this data was field collected it was done with students or interns of which were well underpaid and had varying degrees of envoiromental activism, THAT is to be said if any was collected by the Forest Service at all.
desired effect or situation: all data that is aquired is formulated into tables,rows and columns with special IDs, when the maps are formulated with all this information, they start hitting the delete button,lets say a small stream crosses a trail somewhere and they dont want that messed with, click of the button and all trails and roads with any type of watershed(big,medium or small) dissapears from the map whether it has a crossing or could have a crossing built or not with no actual physical human interaction. ok one more example, there is a trail at capps crossing that is muddy late into the year that is considered a spring by the forest service when actually this area just holds a snow bank until late into the summer, since the Forest service considers this a spring when the button goes click it disappears off of any trail map forever along with many others in the same situation but not nessicarily a true watershed.
At the folsom meeting a gentleman asked "wheres the data" as I am sure we have different meanings of data, the fact remains that absolutly no data or metadata(data about data) has been provided. no sources,files,tables or websites have been provided, this in itself says that not only could the data they used be corrupted, but that maybe the sources that they used could be: 1. old(as old as 1990) 2.have a conflict of interest(data provided bythe wrong people)3.manipulated in the wrong way(either in error or on purpose)
Most maps,especially ones created by a federal government agency have to live up to standards of maps set up by the government in order to ensure accuracy of information and coordinates and is always,ALWAYS provided for on government maps with a heading usually under the legend, this is not present or referenced to on any of the maps provided in DEIS statement or any of the current route designation maps.
Many people of the general public have noticed many errors on the current maps, who is to say that all their information or data is in any way shape or form correct!!!!! In my opinion this makes the entire DEIS in error.
i can see in the future where this will impact not only outdoor recreationist but also enities of the state also along with many private companies including:
1. ca df&g(revenue)
2. sporting goods stores
3. offroad stores
4. motorcycle and quad sales
5. local area revenues
6. ca dmv(revenues)
7. prospecting outlets
8. campers and other recreational vehicle sales
9. and eventually the Forest Service itself
All of this to be done with click of a computer with no human interaction in the forest at all, sometime in the future it will be nice just to see pictures of forest