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Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta berry harvesting location maps


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Herman-Mercer, N.M., Loehman, R.A., Toohey, R.C., and Paniyak, C., 2019, Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Berry Outlook: Results from local expert surveys: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Participatory mapping is a general term applied to activities that work with participants to gather and map spatial information to help communities learn, discuss, build consensus, and make decisions about their communities and associated resources (NOAA 2015). Here we used participatory mapping to document the locations of different species of berries and understand any social, ecological, or climatological reasons that these locations may be shifting. Mapping was accomplished using topographic basemaps of the villages and surrounding areas overlaid with mylar sheeting. The area surrounding the villages of Hooper Bay and Kotlik were represented with arrays of 1: 63,360 USGS quadrangle topographic maps (USGS, 2017). A 1:250,000 USGS [...]

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Nicole M Herman-Mercer
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Nicole M Herman-Mercer
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Nicole M Herman-Mercer
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase

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This map is the result of a participatory mapping excercise with local experts in the Alaska Native villages of Chevak, Hooper Bay, Kotlik, and Emmonak to increase our understanding of berry habitat in this region.


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This data was created from hand-drawn maps indicating current and past berry harvesting locations by participants in the villages of Chevak, Kotlik, Hooper Bay, and Emmonak in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska. The hand-drawn location maps were manually digitized in ArcMap.

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