Geospatial Technical Committee

The establishment of the Geospatial Technical Committee was approved by the WAFWA President and directors in July of 2022. Formed as a network of technology and data professionals interested in sharing emerging technologies, working through technology-related challenges or opportunities, and producing products to assist WAFWA member state fish and wildlife agencies. The committee’s approved Statement of Purpose:

“Collaborative advancement of geospatial data, technology and approaches to provide WAFWA partnering efforts with the best science available to support their fish and wildlife conservation missions.”

Topics/Collaborative Projects

  • Development of a western landscape WAFWA data viewer (in progress).
  • Central Great Plains invasive woody plant remote-sensing RFP (in progress).
  • Provide support to CHAT efforts (on-going).
  • Create a digital library of geospatial tools & trainings (upcoming).
  • Explore geospatial data integrated with AI to create predictive management scenarios (potential).
  • Share your ideas for new topics and projects!


You are invited to join! Membership is open.

A lightly facilitated meeting structure provides a peer-professional community platform for open discussions, information-sharing, and project collaboration. Meetings are held monthly or bi-monthly and on an ad-hoc basis to respond to specific requests and inquiries of WAFWA and the directors. Meetings will generally be conducted via conference calling services but may be held in person during WAFWA’s annual summer meetings. To attend our next meeting, please contact Chanda Pettie at

Technical Demonstration

The newly formed WAFWA Geospatial Technical Committee hosted a technical demonstration by Esri on recent advancements to use ArcGIS to help collect aerial survey data for real-time analysis and visualization of the data.

Thanks to an effort led by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), Esri has fit the capabilities of ArcGIS Survey123 and ArcGIS QuickCapture into a one app resource for rapid data collection (read more).

A recorded session is provided on YouTube (link here).

Data Community Members

Membership is open. This community is primarily formed by federal and state agency technology and data professionals, and is open to those interested in our current topics and upcoming projects. Membership may be as a standing member (on the team roster) or ad-hoc for topics of interest.

Members List

Matt Heller, Vice Chair
FWS Science Applications Program
Ben Mulligan, Leadership Sponsor
Alaska Department of Fish & Game
Document Name Last Updated File Size Download
Geospatial Technical Committee Charter, approved November 13, 2023 11/14/2023 193.35 kb Download