Sitka Technology Group

How to Use an Open-Source Platform to Manage Multiple Cross-Agency Conservation Projects: Introduction to ProjectFirma

Prior to the launch of the EIP Project Tracker website in 2014, it was challenging for the public and national and state legislators to learn about the various taxpayer-funded EIP projects underway in the region. After the launch, the award-winning platform quickly proved invaluable in improving data coordination, increasing transparency, and showcasing progress towards attaining compliance with environmental threshold standards.

In 2016, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Sitka Technology Group granted an open-source license for the platform, marketed as ProjectFirma, so other natural areas organizations can leverage the system and prior investment to enhance transparency, reporting, and analysis of their own cross-agency programs. Since issuing the open-source license, 19 California resource conservation districts, a coalition of Oregon watershed councils, a water fund in Colorado’s Front Range, and the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission have all joined the community.

This tool would be most useful to larger land management organizations, both public and private, who are managing multiple projects across multiple partner organizations. 

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Receive an overview of the ins and outs of the ProjectFirma platform.
  • Gain behind-the-scenes information about what it took to launch this groundbreaking online resource.
  • Learn how California RCDs and others are leveraging significant EPA and TRPA investment to benefit their multi-agency programs.
  • Experience a live demo of the award-winning platform.
  • Understand how the open-source license can benefit Natural Areas Association members’ efforts across the country.

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