Conservation Planning with GIS

Geography 310

Middlebury College

Fall 2019


Conservation planning involves understanding how the landscape changed in the past, explaining how the landscape works at present, and evaluating how the landscape will and should function in the future. In this course, we will explore how geographic information and maps can contribute to these kinds of investigations through a combination of seminar discussions, field investigations, and computer laboratory tutorials.

Our overarching goal is to produce cartographic information that can inform and shape a Conservation Plan for the Town of Middlebury. In particular, we will analyze College lands in Middlebury, evaluate their relationships to the Town as a functioning human and environmental system, and offer recommendations to the Town and College.


Jeff Howarth, Associate Professor, MBH 635,

Amy Sheldon, Professor of Practice,

Bill Hegman, GIS Specialist, MBH 640A,

Will Greene, Geography Dept ASI, MBH 642,


Lecture TR 11:00 - 12:15pm, MBH 148

Lab R 12:30 - 4:15pm

Office hours

Mon 1:00 - 3:00: Bill and Will

Tue 9:00 - 10:30: Will

Wed 1:00 - 2:30: Jeff

Thu 9:00 - 10:30: Will

Fri 1:00 - 2:30: Jeff