Kittatinny Ridge

Project Title: GIS Project for the Kittatinny Ridge Coalition
Timeline: January 2016 – present
Funding Source: National Audubon Society, Inc.

The Kittatinny Ridge Coalition is an alliance of organizations, agencies, and academic institutions working with municipal officials and private landowners to conserve the natural, scenic, cultural, and aesthetic resources of the Kittatinny Ridge and Corridor. Shippensburg University is an active member, and the CLUS is partnering with the Coalition to provide GIS support services for its mission. Our current work with the Coalition focuses on three goals:

Create and maintain GIS datasets
Create and maintain a series of GIS data sets to support research and conservation activities. The current GIS data list GIS can be found here, and geodatabases will be available through the Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA) portal. Search for the keyword “Kittatinny Ridge” or by data provider for “Center for Land Use and Sustainability.”

Calculate baseline landscape metrics
Calculate a series of baseline landscape metrics for the Kittatinny Ridge. We are especially interested in investigating land use dynamics in the Corridor, and are calculating metrics that include changes in housing unit and population density, changes in land use and land cover, forest fragmentation, and others.

Update parcel prioritization analysis
In August 2014, Audubon Pennsylvania and The Nature Conservancy joined efforts to identify the most important parcels along the Kittatinny Ridge for protection. We have now partnered with the Coalition to update the parcel prioritization analysis and extend it to include the Corridor.

 

Affiliated Scientists:

Jackie Rosenberger

Student Fellow

Jackie plans to graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. Biology and a minor in Geographic Information Science. She is interested in using GIS for wildlife management and conservation. She has worked with the Kittatinny Ridge Coalition to build a geographic database of environmental data sets for the Kittatinny Ridge in order to support the conservation of native habitat and wildlife. She also used these data sets to calculate scientific metrics for land, water, and wildlife resources to allow conservation progress to be tracked over time. In addition to working for the CLUS, she has also worked as a wildlife biologist aide for the PA Game Commission.

Projects: Kittatinny Ridge GIS Project

Troy Alleman

Student Fellow

Troy plans to graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. in Geo-Environmental Studies and minor in Public Administration. He is interested in hydrology and hydrogeology, and may pursue a graduate degree focused on water resource management. A nontraditional student with a military background, Troy enjoys mentoring and supports many students in the department. His wide-ranging skills include interpersonal communication, planning, cartography, GIS, spatial analysis, and finding creative solutions to unique problems.

Projects: Kittatinny Ridge GIS Project, LVMA

Claire Jantz, Ph.D. – Director

Professor, Department of Geography-Earth Science

Project Lead: Delaware River Basin

B.A. in College Scholars from University of Tennessee
M.A. in Geography from University of Maryland
Ph.D. in Geography from University of Maryland

Dr. Claire Jantz is the Director of the CLUS. She has extensive expertise in land use and land cover change analysis and modeling, and interdisciplinary research. Dr. Jantz has particular expertise within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the Delaware River Basin, and the Delmarva Peninsula. She has participated in several collaborative research efforts funded by NASA, Maryland SeaGrant, NPS, and the William Penn Foundation.

Jonathon Chester

Student Fellow

Pursuing a B.S. in Geo-Environmental Studies and a Certificate in GIS, Jonathon plans to graduate from Shippensburg University in May 2018. Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue a career which integrates GIS with land conservation and management. Outside of work with the CLUS, he is currently involved in an undergraduate research project using LiDAR-derived data sets to investigate the geomorphology of broad low-relief surfaces along the crest of South Mountain, PA. Outside of academics, Jonathon has extensive local, regional, and national leadership experience within the Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout in 2011. 

Projects: Upper Delaware PartnershipKittatinny Ridge GIS Project