PGC recognized for use of Geographic Information System

The Pennsylvania Game Commission was selected as a 2018 Special Achievement in Geographic Information System award recipient in recognition for the outstanding work by its agency staff.

Agency staff included Jeremy Diehl, Steve Ferreri, Dan Jones, Paul Lupo, Mark Niessner and Thomas Makibbin. The award is given to user sites around the world to recognize the leaders in the field of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. In receiving the award, the Game Commission stood out from more than 100,000 other organizations.

GIS provides tools for mapping and exploring data and discovering location-based insights. It creates deeper understanding to quickly see where things are happening and how information is connected.

Game Commission GIS staff work includes the agency’s forestry application, prescribed fire application, CWD disease management area application, wild pheasant release application and the public mapping center application.

“The ultimate goal is to provide better information to our customers and to help the agency accomplish its mission,” said Game Commission GIS Administrator Makibbin.

“These employees are at the forefront in developing technology that benefits our license buyers and improves our ability to manage wildlife and their habitats,” said Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans. “The fact that they were selected for this award from candidates worldwide speaks volumes on the level of service that they provide.”

The award ceremony will be held at the annual Esri International User Conference in San Diego, on July 9-13.

“By embracing GIS technology, award recipient organizations have improved our world and set new precedents throughout the GIS community,” said Jack Dangermond, the president and founder of Esri.

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