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This project was initiated by Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) and Puente Institute as an effort to collect data from the public on observations and disturbances within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The collected data will then be used for formulating better management policies and restoration efforts.

The public survey for data collection was developed through Survey123 Connect, which provides greater flexibility in question formulation and appearance customization, compared to the basic browser Survey123. Data collected from the survey includes collection date and time, observation/disturbance type, level of damage, audio recording, and photos. Local road data and monument boundary were added to the basemap for better referencing.

Because the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument does not have good cell phone reception in most areas, the basemap in the survey was created through cache tiles for offline viewing. A training document was then created to provide step-to-step instructions to submit a survey.

A dashboard was also created for monitoring, tracking, and visualizing the collected data. It includes a heatmap showing the concentration of survey data, a query and summary chart for observations, and a chart showing survey submission dates.

Screen capture of Dashboard
Sample Dashboard for easy data review

The work from this project was later developed for broader use and transformed into another mobile app, TerraTRUTH, by the Conservation Lands Foundation.

Wincy has been responsive, creative and skillful. Our client (GSEP) is pleased to the point of recommending us (her) to others. We are very pleased with our first experience with the GISCorps and will be active with other projects soon.

Chris Mathias, Executive Director, Puente Institute

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