Web-enabled geographic information systems (GIS) have revolutionized how we visualize data related to time and location. These GIS tools allow data to be visualized in a digital platform, making complex information easier to grasp. USDA’s Plant Protection and Quarantine program has embraced this technology.
“We use GIS to visualize, analyze, and interpret data; formulate policy; and make operational decisions, ” said Lisa Kennaway, PPQ’s GIS National Operations Manager. “GIS technology is powerful and impactful—and a great tool for our stakeholders to learn about our programs.”
We invite you to take a tour of our publicly available plant protection interactive applications, including dynamic maps and story maps. Each of these web-based applications can include maps, videos, photos, and other web content that create an interactive experience for the user. These innovations are enhancing the way PPQ visualizes and reports on our mission and is a great way to engage employees, stakeholders, and the general public. Browse the GIS applications below and happy exploring!
The United Nations declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health(IYPH) and then extended the celebration through June 30, 2021. This worldwide campaign is promoting the value of our precious plant resources and the need to safeguard them against invasive pests. To celebrate IYPH, each month Plant Protection Today is highlighting how PPQ safeguards America’s agricultural and natural resources against invasive pests, and facilitates the safe trade of agricultural products. Read our article on IYPH to learn more—and how you can join this once-in-a-lifetime event!