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UMFK AND NMDC TO HOST MAINE GIS USERS GROUP MEETING

September 1, 2006

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent and the Northern Maine Development Commission will host the fall meeting of the Maine Geographic Information Systems Users Group (MEGUG) on the UMFK campus on Friday, September 29 beginning at 8 a.m. The meeting is entitled "GIS for Rural and Natural Resource Applications."

The meeting will be held in UMFK's Nadeau Teleconference Room. Registration is scheduled for 8 a.m. with the meeting to run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, but is subject to a registration fee of $25 for members, $40 for non-members and $10 for students. The registration fee includes lunch.

The focus of the meeting is on GIS for rural municipal/ emergency management and forestry. A particular subject of interest will be the availability of low-cost GIS and data.

Topics include:

  • Aroostook County Municipal Parcel Project
  • Emergency Management Planning and GIS
  • Data Sources and Low Cost GIS Software
  • Does Maine Need an Association of GIS Professionals?
  • Land Trust GIS Usage: From Conservation Planning to Stewardship
  • Mobile GIS in Forestry
  • The Application of GIS and GPS to Study Snapping Turtle Behavior

The group's goal is to provide access to regional professionals who wish to participate in MEGUG activities and to MEGUG GIS professionals who wish to learn what is happening in the county.

The Maine GIS User Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and education of GIS in Maine. Its members are GIS professionals and GIS users throughout the state.

The September meeting is the third time that the MEGUG has met in Aroostook County, thanks to the efforts of Ken Murchison, a NMDC GIS Specialist, and a MEGUG Board Member.

To register for the MEGUG meeting, please go to: http://216.220.224.176/megug/scripts/ConfReg.exe/new (link no longer available) or send a check or money order to: Maine GIS User Group, P.O. Box 958, Windham, ME 04062.

For further information about the group, log on to the MEGUG web site at: http://216.220.224.176/megug/home/index.html (link no longer available)