Document Type

Grant Report

Publication Date

Summer 7-8-2010

Abstract

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s (ATCOFA) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory were engaged by the National Park Service (NPS) National Trails System-Intermountain Region to provide GIS services supporting the NPS’s development of a Comprehensive Management Plan for El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail (ELTE). The scope of work was completed under an agreement with the Gulf Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Research Program at Texas A&M University. ATCOFA assisted the NPS in the coordination of local landowner and other local stakeholder contacts, conducted archival research of NPS specific questions, developed high-resolution GIS maps of landscapes encompassing potential Trail resources, evaluated Trail resource landscapes and archaeological records for potential inclusion of sites/segments, developed web based interactive mapping applications for collaborative research of potential Trail resources, as well as provided logistical support and transportation for the investigation, evaluation, and determination of ELTE’s High-Potential Sites and Segments across Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico. ATCOFA’s development of a comprehensive GIS design for archeological and historic resources associated with ELTE Trail resources, as presented in the web based mapping applications, facilitated the management, preservation, and interpretive needs of the Trail while also providing a common platform for historians, Trail advocates and partners, archaeologists, and the public to collaborate on complex ELTE Trail mapping issues. Route verification and the development of a Trails geodatabase by ATCOFA aided the NPS’s Trails research and facilitated the preparation of ELTE’s Comprehensive Management Plan.