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I would like to welcome you to the Louisiana GIS Council online and share our appreciation for your visit.
The Louisiana GIS Council is composed of representatives from Louisiana state government agencies and several federal and national organizations that operate in Louisiana. Formed in 1995 through an act of the Legislature, the Council provides an avenue for GIS professionals to share information with each other and to prevent duplication of effort on shared goals and objectives. The Council regularly hosts discussions and presentations on improved techniques in data development and delivery systems, as well as offering a path for data acquisition and exchange between partnering agencies. Additionally, the Council, along with LAGIC – the council’s organizing body, promotes the use of GIS and ongoing GIS educational opportunities.
Louisiana is a diverse state and GIS plays a significant role in how we manage our natural and cultural resources. Louisiana also faces many challenges associated with these same resources. Disasters such as hurricanes and oil spills are a looming threat to our State and GIS continues to provide effective ways for managing these events and protecting our people, infrastructure, and delicate ecosystems.
The Louisiana State GIS Council meets regularly, typically the third Thursday of each month. This is our avenue for sharing our work, learning about how our colleagues use GIS, and discussing ongoing and future concerns of GIS professionals in Louisiana and nationwide. Our meetings are open to the public and I encourage you to join us if you wish to learn more about GIS and the tools it offers us to better serve our great State.
It is my great privilege to serve my Agency, the Council, and the citizens of Louisiana as the Chair for this term of the Louisiana GIS Council. I look forward to this year’s new challenges and the solutions that GIS may provide.
August “Gus” Rowland
Office of Forestry, LDAF
Council Chair, 2013–2014 Last updated February 21, 2013