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Cofrin Center for Biodiversity


Defining and evaluating a project footprint helps clarify how much work is involved in the project and suggests ways to go at it.

Deciding Where To Draw the Line
Use a paper map, a webmapping application or ArcGIS to draw a figure that includes the locations of all mapping (database building), analytical and map-making activities. Then add a generous buffer. Remember, once a project is under way it is easier to shrink the geographic scope than it is to expand it. Eventually you will want to convert your footprint figure to a polygon feature in one of your project-specific spatial databases.