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National Trails Intermountain Region Mapping and Database Workshop

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

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The National Trails Intermountain Region (NTIR) hosted its first Mapping and Database Workshop for partners in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 26 and 27.  The focus of the workshop was to provide an engaging forum for partners to discuss and exchange insight into successful practices and technologies used by partners across the nine national historic trails (Trail of Tears, Santa Fe, Old Spanish, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, El Camino Real de Los Tejas, Mormon Pioneer, Pony Express, California, and Oregon) and Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program administered by the office. 

“Technology and social networking are the future of our organization. Sharing data with partners across more than 20,000 miles of national historic trails is a huge endeavor, especially when our partners are our connection with the communities across the trails we administer,” states NTIR Superintendent Aaron Mahr.

The workshop was attended by 34 representatives from 12 different entities (Santa Fe Trail Association, Old Spanish Trail Association, Mormon Trails Association, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association, El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association, National Pony Express Association, Trail of Tears Association, Oregon-California Trails Association, California Route 66 Preservation Foundation, University of Utah, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service) who hailed from 14 different states.  Partners presented on a variety of topics, including virtual reality, low-altitude remote-controlled aerial photography, GIS and GPS mapping efforts, and a database project linking Google Earth with an internet blog.  The workshop also provided a unique opportunity to present and receive direct partner feedback on current and future NTIR mapping and database efforts.  Partner feedback expressed during the workshop will be invaluable in shaping future office efforts to enhance trail and program administration.

For more information about the workshop and related projects, contact John Cannella, NTIR GIS Specialist, at


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