Mail:   Phone: 1-360-276-8211 x7001

GIS Mapping

Quinault GIS Mapping Department

Quinault GIS Mapping Department
Western Washington shown utilizing GIS techniques

The Quinault GIS Mapping Department provides mapping and geospatial data management and analysis services to the Quinault Division of Natural Resource departments.

The Quinault GIS Mapping Department works with spatial data and creates maps of Quinault Indian Nation land ownership, timber stands, harvest units, transportation, rivers and streams, and infrastructure such as culverts.

Quinault GIS Mapping Department Mission

To provide mapping and geospatial data management and analysis services to the Quinault Division of Natural Resources departments, the Nation’s policy and legal staff, tribal members, the Planning Office, the Police Department, the BIA’s Taholah Agency, and individual tribal members and allottees.

Primary tasks of the GIS program are:

  • Create specialized maps and perform custom spatial analysis for technical, legal and policy staff
  • Support employees who use GIS software and GPS
  • Provide maps to staff, tribal members and allottees
  • Build spatial data capabilities to meet Quinault Indian Nation business needs
  • Maintain and update a number of spatial data sets for mapping

The Quinault GIS Mapping Department has incorporated laser-scanning LiDAR technology into mapping efforts to develop accurate models of the terrain, stream network, tree height and other measurements. Resulting maps and digital models are useful to the Quinault Indian Nation’s foresters, fish and wildlife biologists, road managers, planners and contractors.

What is GIS Mapping?

Quinault GIS Mapping Program | Quinault Forestry Department
Rivers located on the Quinault Indian Nation utilizing GIS techniques

A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. By relating seemingly unrelated data, GIS can help individuals and organizations better understand spatial patterns and relationships.

GIS applications include both hardware and software systems. These applications may include cartographic data, photographic data, digital data, or data in spreadsheets.

Cartographic data is already in map form, and may include such information as the location of rivers, roads, hills, and valleys. Cartographic data may also include survey data, mapping information which can be directly entered into a GIS.

Photographic interpretation is a major part of GIS. Photo interpretation involves analyzing aerial photographs and assessing the features that appear.

GIS Program Manager, Tony Hartrich  »  360.276.8215 x7007

GIS Specialist, Faith Webster  »  360.276.8215 x7006

Additional Quinault GIS Mapping Resources

GIS Times

The Bare Earth (WDNR) – LIDAR Story Map

GIS Certification Institute

What is GIS? (Wikipedia)

GIS Resources

GIS Resources at the UW