Using ArcGIS Software and Applications for Community Mapping


Using ArcGIS Software and Applications for Community Mapping



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Mark Sciuchetti, Department of Chemistry and Geosciences


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10:15-10:25am | Houston Cole Library, 11th Floor


Noccalula Falls Park and Campground is located in Gadsden, Alabama just off Noccalula Road and nuzzled right in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. This park is owned and maintained by the City of Gadsden Parks and Recreation Department. The Director of the park and the Fire Chief of Gadsden both knew that there was an issue with trail markings, leading to various injuries and a few lost hikers and cyclist along the way. They had a plan but needed someone to help execute the idea by creating higher quality and more accessible maps for emergency responders and the public. We planned to mark the trails with identification placards, do minor trail maintenance in the process, and map the end results. ArcGIS Quick Capture was used to collect point data – the placards and their latitude, longitude, number, trail name, and abbreviation. ArcGIS Online was used to combine previous layers with the layer created with Quick Capture. Parts of this data are highlighted in an ArcGIS Online Story Map with the intention of creating more interactive Story Maps in the future. A series of maps were created to represent the Black Creek Trail System, various access points, and other areas of interest to assist Emergency Personnel in the City of Gadsden.


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Using ArcGIS Software and Applications for Community Mapping