It is our mission to steward, conserve, preserve, enhance, and protect places and customs that are of significant historical, cultural, and environmental importance by using traditional ecological and cultural knowledge and science.
GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. It is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographic data. For example, if I was looking for an ideal area to gather berries from in June, I could use GIS to find that information. I would first create a map that had information on berry bush locations, what month they are harvestable, and how many berries are typically present at each location. I could then use GIS tools to find the best berry harvesting location for the month of June.
The goals for within the Cultural Resource Department are as follows:
Learn More about what GIS is and how it works by visiting http://www.esri.com/what-is-gis
Is there a map you would like to see made of the Ketchikan area? Is there any cultural or subsistence information that you would like to share with the Cultural Resources Department to be mapped in the future?