Community Mapping

Traditional environmental review processes do not typically integrate a quantitative analysis of community values to the same degree that other environmental values are taken into consideration. As such, examples of community values mapping processes, whether it be for a 500kv transmission line, or oil and gas development, are becoming more common as local communities engage in the creation, conservation and development of their communities. A written and visual document identifying resources and values of importance to the community can be used in negotiations around oil and gas development on both public and private land. Some examples can be found below:

Community Based Mapping Process in the San-Juan Rio Grande

Morongo Basin Conservation Priorities Report (Sonoran Institute, 2012)

MSTI Review Project (Montana and Idaho Transmission Line Review, 2012)

North Fork Citizens Alternative Plan (Citizens for a Healthy Community, April 2013)