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Mike Eley

GIS Coordinator
/ Phone: 970.482.5567

Mike Eley has been the GIS Coordinator for American Farmland Trust since 2000. He specializes in applying Geographic Information Systems to agricultural resource management and land use planning. Mike has worked as the GIS Coordinator for the 246,000-acre Owl Mountain Partnership in Jackson County, (North Park) Colorado. He has also worked as the GIS/GPS/RS Coordinator for the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioner's Colorado State Forest Ecosystem Planning Project and established a GIS prototype for the National Biological Service's Intermountain Wilderness Area Ecosystem Study, encompassing eight western states.

Mike has been in land use planning in Colorado for 12 years. His land use planning experience includes grazing range conflict modeling for Colorado State University's Range Science Department and the Colorado Division of Wildlife in Gunnison and Meeker Colorado for project areas covering over 2.5 million acres as well as GIS analyses in the contiguous United States. He has also done recreation resource mapping and planning at Lake Powell for the National Park Service, landscape architecture and interpretive trail design at Eleven Mile Canyon for the USDA Forest Service, and recreation resource management at the North Sand Hills OHV area for the Bureau of Land Management. Mike has also assisted faculty members from Colorado State University in developing and teaching an undergraduate course in land use planning and GIS applications in Resource Management.

Mike received his BS in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. He followed as a graduate research assistant for the Department of Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism, at Colorado State University, specializing in Protected Areas Management and GIS/GPS and Remote Sensing. He then managed his GIS services business successfully for 7 years before working with AFT.

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