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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, are used to manage a wide variety of data and tools that create maps or other products. GIS makes complex situations easier to understand. We are able to better visualize, analyze, and interpret data using GIS. 

As an animal and plant health agency, GIS is critical to our work. We conduct surveys for pests and diseases, set quarantine boundaries and track wildlife hazards, among other tasks that require spatial awareness. Not only does GIS help us trace pests and diseases, but we also use it to formulate policy and make better decisions. GIS technology ensures we are more efficient in our work, which leads to cost savings, better record keeping, and improved communication internally and externally.

Learn how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used by Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) programs.

GIS Maps by Program


Animal Health

Plant Health

Wildlife Services

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