LOGAN — The Harrison County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Mapping Office is hoping they can obtain a grant that will help them pay for 10 new recreation grade GPS systems.
Jeremy Butrick, GIS & Mapping Office coordinator, talked to the Harrison County Board of Supervisors about the project at their meeting October 17.
Butrick explained that over the years, the GIS Office has been asked to participate in many geocaching lectures for area youth.
“This has ranged from assisting local Girl Scout troops and Cub Scout packs to assisting with bigger events like Outdoor Day at Willow Lake Recreation Area…,” said Butrick.
When they participate, they borrow the 10 units from the Harrison County Iowa State University (ISU) Extension & Outreach Office.
Butrick told the Board that this has worked fine until recently because the units are outdated and need to be replaced.
I thought this would be a good time to try and obtain a grant to help pay for 10 new ones that the Office would own, Butrick said.
There are many people and organizations that would benefit from them, he continued.
These devises wouldn’t just be good for holding geocaching events for youth.
They could also be used in the event of a catastrophic event to collect waypoints of sites or homes that have been checked to track search and rescue efforts.
They could even be used by local municipalities to help inventory tree species locations or disease migration, Butrick added.
Butrick said he would be submitting an application to the Dean J. King Family Foundation, based in Logan, asking for $1,800.
The total project cost is $2,073.60. The rest of the project cost will be paid for by the GIS & Mapping Office. (The purchase would also include the needed accessories to go with the units.)
If they do not get this particular grant, Butrick did say that he may know of another grant that could help pay for the new units.
County officials approved for Butrick to move forward and submit the grant application.