GPS Keeps Open Spaces, Well, Open!

waterfall_tracking_gpsEach state in the U.S. has beautiful spaces that exist for the public to enjoy, whether recreational land or protected wildlife habitats. It is important to designate these spaces accurately, especially in areas where hunting season is taken seriously.

But how can you ensure that you’re mapping the boundaries to these protected spaces accurately? With GPS trackers, of course.

Mount Olive Township

Mount Olive Township in New Jersey is looking to designate land set aside for recreation and protected land as accurately as possible. Naturally, they turned to GPS trackers to get the job done right!

The township received a $10,000 grant via Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program on October 4, ensuring they can cover the expenses. The most expensive item related to the project: the $5,680 they have to pay their planner to conduct the research into easements.

The Project

Easements tell people what public land can be used for, whether open space or recreation. The GPS tracker will be used to mark precise easement locations. This will allow the public to figure out what they can and can’t do within a specific space quickly and easily. Additionally, the authorities will be better able to punish those using the space illegally.

Once the GPS tracker maps the easements and they are recorded, the public will be able to log on to a website to view the information. To further ensure the public is using the land as they should, part of the grant will be used to educate the public.

This project was initiated mainly to protect conservation lands, ensuring that the balance of nature is not disturbed by the public conducting illegal activity. The township planner, Charles McGroarty, points to areas that used to be part of a trail system but are now conservation areas as an example.

Worldwide Movement

And it isn’t just the US that sees the value of using GPS mapping to protect the environment! In Indonesia, surveyors are using GPS trackers to map a forest area near their small village in order to keep the land away from special interests that seek to destroy the precious resources the land provides.

When the surveyors come across any form of landmark — a rock, a waterfall, a river — they mark it on the GPS tracker. The idea is to accurately map the forests belonging to their village to offer some form of official proof in the event someone tries to get their hands on the land, like palm oil companies and logging or mining operations.

Currently, no maps or ownership information exists. These GPS tracker-derived maps provide something physical that village officials can sign in order to prove their ownership. The mapping also helps them protect the forests and all of its inhabitants.

Mapping land with a GPS tracking device is an effective way to provide precise boundaries. As more begin to turn to this technology, it’s safe to say we can keep our environmentally protected spaces safe for future generations to enjoy! If you need to map or track some land, we have a GPS tracker for that! Contact us for details.


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