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Farmland Protection and GIS: GIS Interface Helps Pennsylvania Counties Prioritize Farmland for Preservation

Authors

Rick Day, Michael Anderson, Eric Steele and Maaike Broos

Publication Date:

December, 2000

Abstract

In Pennsylvania, counties have adopted a Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) ranking system to prioritize applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easements Purchase Program. An ArcView Interface developed cooperatively between Penn State RGIS-Chesapeake and the Cooperative Extension GIS program has automated this process, helping counties to increase efficiency and allowing them to evaluate numerous scenarios in a single session.