Blufflands Protection

Academic Year 
2015-2016
College/Department 
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
Project Partner 

Overview

Winneshiek County is committed to protecting blufflands. The County has developed a zooming ordinance that restricts development on or near these landforms, and the Winneshiek Comprehensive Plan also emphasizes the need to protect and sustain their associated natural and cultural assets. However, it is difficult to identify and map blufflands, and as a result the implementation of the protective measures in place are restricted by lack of complete knowledge about the extent and distribution of these features throughout the county.Winneshiek County requested that students develop a methodology for mapping blufflands through using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.