:: Our Mission

To assist communities in developing strategies for protecting and conserving their ecological and cultural assets through environmentally-sensitive decisions, lifestyles and planning.

Green infrastructure is the interconnected natural systems and ecological processes that provide clean water, air quality and wildlife habitat. Green infrastructure sustains a community’s social, economic, and environmental health.

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:: What's New?

GIC Workshop on Mapping Tree Canopy

Register now for GIC's workshop on mapping tree canopy to calculate stormwater benefits. Register here!

Executive Director's 2019 Year End Report. Click here...

Forest Connectivity in the Developing Landscape: A Design Guide for Conservation Developments

Get GIC's design guide for conserving forests and other habitats, even when developing! The guide was written for the Carolinas, but design ideas can be applied anywhere! The guide includes case studies for two GIC-designed sites. Contact GIC for print copies or click here to download.

Get GIC's new book on mapping green infrastructure and habitat cores! Written for the GIS professional, this book shows how to use GIC's national model of habitat cores to plan for large landscape conservation. Available from book sellers.

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For Release: New Study Shows How Trees Reduce Stormwater Runoff. Learn more...

New! Resilient Coastal Forests Project!  Learn more...

Get new tools to help your city! The GIC is showing how trees help cities reduce stormwater runoff.  Learn more...

GIC's executive director Karen Firehock is featured in a new inspirational book from ESRI Press that shows how 23 inspirational women gained their passion for science and went on to use GIS as a tool for saving the Earth. For more click here.

New! Land Image Analyst Tool
The GIC is providing support for the USFS Land Image Analyst (LIA) tool. LIA provides a fast and free way to classify land cover for, and make maps for, tree canopy, conservation and land planning. To get the tool or watch a demo, visit the LIA page.

The GIC's national Green Infrastructure Planning Guide is now available!
The GIC also has planning guides for Virginia, New York, Arkansas, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Read the Press Release.

The GIC developed a green infrastructure plan to make Norfolk, VA, more resilient.
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Take a look at the GIC Services Brochure.

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