Kittatinny Ridge GIS Project

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 from 2017-2018 the CLUS partnered with the Coalition to provide GIS support services for its mission. Recent work with the Coalition focused 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.



Interactive Story Map of the Kittatinny Ridge

In 2017, two CLUS students developed a storymap to analyze land cover dynamics along the Kittatinny Ridge. This resource will be used to guide management decisions, facilitate community outreach and education, and as a baseline for ongoing preservation efforts. The interactive map features background information about the coalition as well as long and short term land cover trends. Land cover dynamics were assessed at the municipal scale to better understand how the ridge is changing over time. Explore the interactive map here:

Affiliate Scientists:

    Matt Ostap

    Undergraduate Student Fellow

    Matt is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Shippensburg University studying Geoenvironmental Studies with a GIS Minor. He is currently working on the Kittatinny Ridge GIS Project at CLUS. He has completed internships with The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania and the Cumberland County Conservation District. Matt is interested in field work and GIS and would like to pursue a career with both of these fields.

    Projects: Kittatinny Ridge

        Alexandra Shatzer

        Alex Shatzer is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Shippensburg University studying sociology with a biology minor. Her interests are in public health and the effect that climate change has on population health.  She is currently the president of the National Society of Leadership and success an honors society on campus. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

        Projects: Kittatinny Ridge Survey

          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

            Undergraduate Student Fellow

            Jonathon graduated from Shippensburg University in May 2018 with a B.S. in Geo-Environmental Studies and Certificate in GIS. He plans to attend graduate school in the fall and hopes to pursue a career which integrates GIS with land conservation and management. Outside of work with the CLUS, he was 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. Jonathon has extensive local, regional, and national leadership experience within the Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout in 2011. 

            Projects: Upper Delaware Partnership (2017-2018), Kittatinny Ridge GIS Project (2017), Delaware River Basin Project (2018)

                Troy Alleman

                Graduate Student Fellow

                Troy graduated in May 2018 with a B.S. in Geo-Environmental Studies and minor in Public Administration. He is interested in hydrology and hydrogeology, and plans to 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 (2017), LVMA (2017), Delaware River Basin Project (2018)

                    Jackie Rosenberger

                    Undergraduate Student Fellow

                    Jackie graduated 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 (2017)