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, 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! or


A lightly-facilitated meeting structure provides a community platform for open discussions, information-sharing and project collaboration. Meetings are held monthly with ad-hoc sub-groups meeting more frequently. In-person, WAFWA-hosted meeting is generally scheduled during the annual WAFWA Summer Meeting. To attend our next meeting, please contact Chanda Pettie at

Summer Session: held during the WAFWA Summer Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Thursday, July 13, 2023 from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Learn More

Data Community Members

Membership is open. This community is primarily formed by federal and state agency geospatial/data management 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