Lyndon State College Professor John DeLeo Earns GISP

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Wed, 09/23/2009 - 8:28am -- admin

Lyndon State College Professor John DeLeo, who heads up the College’s GIS/GPS program, was recently certified as a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP). This designation certifies that DeLeo meets the ethical and professional standards set by the Geographic Information Systems Certification Institute.
Lyndon’s GIS (geographic information systems) program, which is part of the Mountain Recreation Department, teaches students the advanced mapping techniques associated with GIS technology. DeLeo and his students perform a considerable amount of contract work using the technology. They have mapped the Northeast Kingdom for Northern Counties Investment Corp., identifying locations for broadband towers in association with NCIC’s wireless broadband project. They have worked for many area towns, mapping the location of culverts. In the Northern Forest, DeLeo and his students have been working on a large project to map over 300,000 acres of timberland by forest types, stocking levels and size classes. All this information allows educated planning by municipalities, conservation organizations and the forest products industry.
For Caledonia/Essex County Forester Matt Langlais, mapping provided by Lyndon students has provided for a tremendous amount of efficiency in the administration of Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal (UVA) tax program. With over 300,000 acres of UVA land in the Northeast Kingdom, the spatial dataset developed by Deleo offers an immeasurable tool. Langlais says that he uses the information on his hand-held GPS unit to save time and increase his productivity. “Instead of getting back to the office to check the main maps only to find out I was a ten-minute walk from another parcel I needed to inspect, I now just check my GPS and do all that is in the area. It is a great advance for me.”
This dataset, which is unlike any in New England, also allows Langlais the opportunity to holistically evaluate the forest resources of the Northeast Kingdom. “I am extremely grateful to John for developing this unique and significant dataset.”
DeLeo was one of 20 to be certified this summer, bringing the GISP total to 4,536. The GISCI is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization.