Sitka Conservation Society


Here is the portal to the Starrigavan Classroom Project results. Data are presented in maps, reports, tables, ArcGIS shapefiles, and Google kml files. Projects will be added to this page as they are completed, so make sure to scroll down to find your project of interest.

Project: Deer Habitat Restoration – Vaccinium Mapping

Dates:  Fall/Winter 2011

Summary: The project goal is to identify potential locations for creating artificial canopy gaps – a wildlife habitat restoration technique – in young growth forests. We mapped occurences of Vaccinium and other winter forage plants that are critical to overwintering survival of Sitka Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis)

Partners: Sitka Conservation Society, USFS Sitka Ranger District, Sitka High School

Funding: SCS, Secure Rural Schools Act Title II

DATA (click to download)

Project Report Start here for more details about the goals and objectives, the methodology and an analysis of the findings.

Raw Data (.csv) This is a tab-delimited file that can be opened in Excel or Google Fusion Tables. This table is the tabulated raw data for all the information collected at each occurence of Vaccinium.

Google Earth Tour (kmz) This is probably the easiest way to visually look at the data. You need to have Google Earth installed on your computer (it’s free). Open this file in Google Earth and the sub-folders to see the all mapping records, student recommendations, and a tour. Click on a record to see all the data recorded at a particular site.

ArcGIS shapefile (WGS84) This is a vector shapefile (point) to use in ArcGIS. It includes all data for each mapping record.

Questions? Contact Scott Harris at

Below is a 2-D Google Map. Click on any placemark to see student recommendations or all data for each mapping record. Zoom in if you have trouble clicking on a specific placemark. You can also change the basemap by using the drop-down menu at upper right.

View Student Vaccinium Mapping in a larger map


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