What is WISDOM? - The Wyoming Interagency Spatial Database & Online Management (WISDOM) System is a user-friendly tool that will allow any interested individual to discover, consider, and assess Wyoming’s wildlife resources. WISDOM has been developed in partnership with the Western Governors’ Association, WY Game and Fish Department, WY Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC), WY Natural Diversity Database, The Nature Conservancy, WY Department of Environmental Quality, WY Office of State Lands and Investments, WY Department of Transportation, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. 

WISDOM is intended to provide useful, landscape-level information during the early stages of project planning. It does not replace or supersede site specific analysis with appropriate agencies. WISDOM should be used in concert with all available data and expertise to ensure project plans address wildlife and habitat conservation at all levels.

WISDOM is an easily accessible web-based delivery system for providing a set of natural resource data layers. This non-regulatory, landscape-level information allows a user to visually explore the distribution of important Wyoming wildlife habitat, identify wildlife migration corridors, identify potential stressors to wildlife, and other relevant data.

Conservation Priorities - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) recently revised its State Wildlife Action Plan that provides a framework and information to assist in setting conservation priorities for the state’s wildlife and habitats, including both terrestrial and aquatic. Data gathered for the revised State Wildlife Action Plan represents myriad sources and extensive public comment. Recognizing the benefits of sharing this information, the WGFD developed a web-based data viewer, the Wyoming Interagency Spatial Database Online Management System, or WISDOM. WISDOM is part of a west-wide initiative supported by the Western Governors’ Association.

West-wide Crucial Habitat Assessment - WISDOM is a part of a much larger west-wide effort to develop a regional “Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool” (CHAT), an effort that has been endorsed by the Western Governors’ Association. Each state is developing their version of a non-regulatory Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool. Total control of individual state data sets will be maintained by each state and each state version will contain components that will allow compilation of a regional viewer of wildlife resources in the western United States. A handful of states have rolled out their application, but most are still in the development phase. Wyoming will be prepared to roll out its version in summer of 2012, and all states should have a publicly accessible application by 2013 in addition to the west-wide compatible regional CHAT.

Wildlife Resource Stewardship - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has a statutory responsibility to serve as stewards of our state’s wildlife resources by maintaining healthy wildlife populations. WISDOM will improve the delivery of the most current information about Wyoming’s wildlife conservation potential.

Data Sensitivity - WISDOM preserves the confidentiality of sensitive data sets. No private landowner information, including ownership boundaries are identified within the application. Land ownership is simply identified as federal, state, or private. Sensitive records for certain species locations are generalized preventing a user from determining specific point locations. For example, point locations are not shown for sage grouse leks, raptor nests, or other sensitive species; instead that information is available as just presence or absence within a buffer distance from a project location (e.g. a sage grouse lek is within 4 miles of the project boundary), or in the case of Wyoming Natural Diversity Database data, it is only recognized as present within a given township if a given record is considered sensitive. Agencies that house the actual data will continue to have access to site specific information.

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WISDOM -- Version 1.0 (August 2012 application release)

WISDOM is intended to provide useful, landscape-level information during the early stages of project planning. It does not replace or supersede site specific analysis with appropriate agencies. WISDOM is a non-regulatory application designed for initial assessment only, providing visual exploration of wildlife data while preserving the confidentiality of sensitive data. WISDOM should be used in concert with all available data and expertise to ensure project plans address wildlife and habitat conservation at all levels.

The WISDOM application consists of a variety of publicly available data layers contributed from data partners, and collected from other public sources. These datasets vary widely in their accuracy and scale. The use of this application and the data herein are at the discretion of the user. Refer to individual metadata records for access and use constraints for all datasets. No warranty is made by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the University of Wyoming-Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC), or the contributing data partners for the accuracy of these data.

The organizations on the Partners tab provided funding, data, and/or expertise to the development of Version 1.0 of the WISDOM application: (For more information on individual data providers, refer to individual map layer metadata links provided in the application.

     
   
 TNC  

Overall Project Lead

Nordyke, KirkWyoming Game and Fish Department

Interagency Coordination

Flanderka, Mary – Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Technical Lead

Hamerlinck, Jeff - Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center

Western Governors’ Association Liaison

West, Madeleine - Western Governor's Association

Oversight Committee Members

Beauvais, Gary – Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Copeland, Holly – The Nature Conservancy

Emmerich, John – Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Flanderka, Mary – Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Hamerlinck, JeffWyoming Geographic Information Science Center

Hicks, Scott – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Huber, Rick – Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Kinder, Martin – Wyoming Department of Transportation

Kopplin, Chad – Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Storey, Thomas – Office of State Lands and Investments 

Mundt, Jacob - Department of Enterprise Technology Services 

Nordyke, KirkWyoming Game and Fish Department

Wiggins, Randy – Natural Resources Conservation Service


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 Data Management Team Members

Andersen, Mark – Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Arnett, Melanie – Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Berendsen, Margo – Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center

Gerhardt, Troy – Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Hamerlinck, Jeff - Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center

Huber, Rick – Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Kopplin, Chad – Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Lindstrom, Jim – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Nordyke, Kirk – Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Polzer, Phil – Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center

Wyckoff, Teal – Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center 

 

Application Advisory Group Members

Andersen, Mark – Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Berendsen, Margo – Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center

Copeland, Holly – The Nature Conservancy

Gerhardt, Troy – Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Hamerlinck, Jeff - Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center

Huber, Rick – Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Nordyke, Kirk – Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Polzer, Phil – Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center

Wiggins, Randy – Natural Resources Conservation Service

Wyckoff, Teal – Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center

Application Testers:

Key: Invited Participated

 

Abbott, Tyler – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Adams, Cindy – BKS Environmental Associates, Inc.

Bannon, Joy – Wyoming Wildlife Federation

Blomquist, Frank – Bureau of Land Management

Bornong, Bernie – U.S. Forest Service

Brekke, Matt – AECOM

Clark, Aaron – Wyoming Game and Fish Commission

Clayson, Tom – Anadarko

Covington, Scott – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Dicke, Scott – Olsson Associates

Edmunds, Daly – Audubon Rockies

Epperson, Wade – SWCA Environmental Consultants

Glennon, Jim – Bureau of Land Management

Guegel, Kathy – British Petroleum

Heidel, Bonnie – Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Hoch, Tony – Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts

Houston, Kent – U.S. Forest Service

Jensen, Brian – Natural Resources Conservation Service

Johnson, Greg – WEST, Inc.

Jones, George – Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Karhu, Rory – Natural Resources Conservation Service

 

Keefe, Chris – Bureau of Land Management

Keinath, Doug – Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

King, Brian – Pacificorp

Knudsen, Jon – Hayden-Wing Associates, LLC

Lee, Brian – CH2M Hill

Lockman, Dave – Pathfinder Wind

Lynch, Luke – The Conservation Fund

Lyon-Holloran, Alison – Audubon Wyoming

Martin, Spencer – Wasatch Wind

Mundt, Jacob – Department of Enterprise Technology Services

Osborn, Sophie – Wyoming Outdoor Council

Ostheimer, Bill – Bureau of Land Management/Buffalo Field Office

Peckham, Erika – Natural Resources Conservation Service

Poulton, Victoria – WEST, Inc.

Purves, Cathy – Trout Unlimited

Saville, Dennis – Bureau of Land Management

Scheenbeck, Casey – The Nature Conservancy

Skorkowsky, Robert – U.S. Forest Service

Stelter, Vern – Vern Stelter Consulting

Taylor, Renee – Taylor Environmental

Tronstad, Lusha – Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Vana, Jordan – Wyoming Land Trust

Wilbert, Connie – Sierra Club, Wyoming Chapter

Project Mission Statement - The purpose of this pilot study is to develop and implement a standard protocol and methodology for creating, storing, maintaining and disseminating environmental, wildlife and anthropogenic spatial data for a collection of data providers while at the same time making available the most current and accurate spatial representations to a wide network of users in an efficient and timely manner.

Project Management - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) and the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) are managing these project efforts jointly with WyGISC providing the technical resources for developing the Wyoming Interagency Spatial Database & Online Management System (WISDOM). Both WGFD and WYGISC however, will rely heavily on three designated groups to provide guidance and direction for the project. These three groups are: the Oversight Committee, the Database Management Team, and the Application Advisory Group. The goals and objectives for each group are outlined in the table below.

 

 


 

Group Goal Objectives
Oversight Committee

Provide effective leadership and
direction for the overall project.

  • Provide feedback and direction for project management
  • Obtain short-term and long-term commitments from participating agencies
  • Communicate with WGA
  • Set financial priorities
Database Management Team Guide and participate in the design,
development, and maintenance of
a centralized and web-accessible
spatial database.
  • Determine data needs
  • Guide and test spatial database design and development
  • Participate in spatial database management
  • Direct data migration, generalization and distribution techniques and protocols.
  • Provide feedback
Application Advisory Group Advise and test the development
of two web-based applications.
  • Determine functionality and data needs for public site
  • Provide feedback on all applications developed (Public, WGFD, and Partner)
  • Work with stakeholders to determine their needs

Project Objective: The overall objective of this pilot study is to develop a standard protocol and methodology for creating, storing, maintaining and disseminating environmental and wildlife data for a collection of data providers while at the same time making available the most current and accurate spatial representations to a wide network of users in an efficient and timely manner. Two key products will be produced to meet this overarching goal: a centralized and highly controlled spatial database environment for housing these data and an Internet-based mapping application providing access to these data. While development of both tasks is technologically straight forward, the success of such an effort will be more dependent on the effectiveness of getting key stakeholder involvement and contribution throughout the process and then maintaining these collaborations long term to insure the maintenance and use of these data in responsible planning and development of not only energy-related projects, but any potential land use decision throughout Wyoming.

Project Description: This project will employ a distributed spatial database model to maintain, manage, create and use key wildlife and resource data across Wyoming for decisions related to energy and other long term development activities. This spatial database will contain and provide access to all currently available and future developed Wyoming Tier 1 and Tier 2 data as identified by the WGWC’s DSS guidance document. Protocols developed in the database will allow rapid development and maintenance of any ancillary data derived from these data. Database planning, population, maintenance and management will be performed directly by a Database Management Team comprised of key individuals assigned by partnering agencies (primary data providers) in Wyoming such as WGFD, WYNDD, and USF&WS. All spatial data maintained by these groups will be replicated and stored within a centralized and secure spatial database hosted at Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC). Read More...

Project Proposal (pdf): Research & Development of a GIS-Based Wildlife Resource Management & Mitigation Decision Support System

 Technical Specifications

  • Client Software
  • Application development
    • Flash Builder 4.5
    • ESRI Flex API 2.2
  • Services Software
    • ESRI ArcServer for GIS 10.0
    • ESRI File Geodatabase
  • Server Setup (as of June 1 2012)
    • 2 load balance servers
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • 64-bit OS
    • 32.0 GB memory
    • AMD Opteron Processor 2.80 GHz (2 Processors)
    • Server hardware resides in the UW ITC Data Center providing
      • Backups
      • Redundant uninterruptable power
      • Climate control
  • Security
  • Network connections

Projection Information

Data presented in the WISDOM application are projected to WyLAM
(Wyoming Lambert Conformal Conic) following the below specifications.

Name: WyLAM
Projection: Lambert Conformal Conic
False Easting: 500000.00
False Northing: 200000.00
Central Meridian: -107.50
Standard Parallel 1: 41.00
Standard Parallel 2: 45.00
Scale Factor: 1.00
Latitude Of Origin: 41.00
Linear Unit: Meter (1.00)

Geographic Coordinate System: GCS North American 1983
Angular Unit: Degree (0.017453292519943299)
Prime Meridian: Greenwich (0.00)
Datum: D North American 1983
Spheroid: GRS 1980
Semimajor Axis: 6378137.000000000000000000
Semiminor Axis: 6356752.314140356100000000
Inverse Flattening: 298.257222101000020000

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