GIS story map shows impact of mining on caribou habitat in Ontario

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada released a story map to share data and information about mineral exploration in Ontario’s boreal caribou ranges: http://wcs-global.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=69ce6f567b4e415d8e3bb6e4c8634b88 

The story map includes hands-on tools where users can access and visually interpret current information about mineral exploration permits and mining claim ownership in Ontario.  With it, users can track the status of mineral exploration permits and determine where mineral exploration is scheduled to occur in Ontario’s boreal caribou ranges.  The detailed mining claim information presented in this story map is based on a number of custom Python scripts used to scrape information from online government databases that are hard to navigate.  This story mapping tool can be used to make more informed land use decisions that may impact caribou in northern Ontario.

 

It was also featured in the CBC news article here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/caribou-map-mining-1.3900854

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