A Geographic Information System (GIS) is an organized collection of computer hardware, software, geographic data, and personnel designed to capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze, and display all forms of geographically referenced information. This System allows users to perform very difficult, time consuming, or otherwise impractical spatial analyses.

The Illinois Natural History Survey Geographic Information System is made up of eight persons, gigabytes of data, a dozen or so workstations, two digitizing boards, several printers, GPS units, and other various devices.

The GIS at the Illinois Natural History Survey does not stand alone. It is part of a department-wide group of offices and divisions that use GIS technologies. These include: Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, Waste Management and Research Center, Illinois State Museum, Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals, and Illinois Office of Realty and Environmental Planning.. In the spirit of cooperation and to avoid duplication of effort, GIS data are freely shared between these offices and divisions of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Check out the Illinois Department of Natural Resources NSDI Clearinghouse
This is THE place to find out about our data. You may also download some of our data directly from the Clearinghouse.



Far and away the most important part of any Geographic Information System is its people.

INHS GIS Staff

  • Jocelyn Acrigg, Center for Wildlife Ecology
  • Diane Greer, Center for Wildlife Ecology
  • Kate Hunter, Center for Biodiversity
  • Mark Joselyn, Center for Wildlife Ecology
  • Tom Kompare, Center for Biodiversity
  • Tony McKinney, Center for Wildlife Ecology
  • Liane Suloway, Center for Wildlife Ecology
  • Linda Whitmeyer, Intern.

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    Projects and Research

    INHS GIS staff work on a contractual basis. In the spirit of cooperation and to avoid duplication of effort, knowledge and data are freely shared between staff persons. Below is a list of contract work currently handled by INHS GIS staff.

    Critical Trends Assessment Project (CTAP)

  • Mark Joselyn
  • Liane Suloway

    Illinois Department of Transportation Further Studies

  • Kate Hunter
  • Tom Kompare

    Illinois Gap Analysis Project

  • Tony McKinney, Project Coordinator
  • Jocelyn Acrigg

    Illinois Streams Information System Project

  • Diane Greer


    Maps and Other Publications of INHS GIS and its Staff

  • Inventory of Resource Rich Areas in Illinois: An Evaluation of Ecological Resources. 1996. Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

  • Landcover of Illinois. 1996. Illinois Scientific Surveys Joint Report 3. (Wall Map)

  • Illinois Land Cover: an Atlas. 1996. Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

  • Illinois Land Cover: an Atlas on Compact Disc. 1996. Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
    Data from this CD-ROM is available here.

  • Digital Databases of Illinois, Volume 1. 1994. Illinois Geographic Information System.
    Data from this CD-ROM is available here.

  • Wetland Resources of Illinois: An Analysis and Atlas. 1994. Illinois Natural History Survey Special Publication 15.

  • Forest Resources of Illinois: An Atlas and Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Trends. 1989. Illinois Natural History Survey Special Publication 11. (Comes with wall map)


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    If you have any questions, comments, or just need information about GIS at the Illinois Natural History Survey, feel free to drop us an email.

    GIS@MAIL.INHS.UIUC.EDU


    GIS Information at other WWW sites.

    U.S. Geological Survey GIS data.
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency GIS data.
    The National Wetlands Inventory administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    A link to: Illinois Natural History Home Page.

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