Metro began officially using Terramet in April 2012. Within the first month, Metro personnel added dozens of prospective acquisitions. A year later, the system had over 50 active users. It now holds over 425 closed acquisitions and another 132 prospective or pending acquisitions representing a $360 million public investment in 13,200 acres of land and 24 miles of trails. After each purchase, Metro uses Terramet to track site-specific performance metrics that help communicate the benefits municipal green spaces provide to taxpayers.
“We already knew Sitka had deep experience assisting organizations like ours that manage natural resources,” said Katy Weil, Senior Management Analyst. “But I’ve been extremely impressed with how well the Sitka experts understood our domain and how much we learned from them about our business processes as a result of this assessment.”
With at least two dozen partner organizations in the greater Portland area, Metro held an open meeting to assess the level of shared data management needs. Co-management arrangements are quite common in the region, and sharing site management information was universally supported as a means of cutting stewardship costs. As a result, Metro offered to share Terramet (as TerraTrak) with its partners through an open source license.
“With the workflow improvements that Sitka has helped us identify, our people can stay focused on their core mission of protecting and enhancing lands for the public to enjoy,” said Weil.