EMPSi uses GIS and the latest spatial technologies to analyze project impacts and improve project design

GIS and other spatial technologies have made it possible to evaluate the potential environmental effects of a project with increased accuracy and efficiency. These tools enable EMPSi to evaluate the impacts of a range of project alternatives on resources such as wetlands, floodplains, and critical habitat; analyze the effects of road density on wildlife; or identify environmental constraints to aid in project siting and design.


Grand staircase-escalante NM forage analysis, ut

  • Conducted large-scale, multi-discipline spatial analysis for 2.3-million-acre planning area

  • Assessed vegetation, aquatic, economic, and cultural data from 96 grazing allotments to generate dynamic analytic tools for an EIS


wilderness characteristics inventories, western us

  • Worked with multiple BLM offices to complete a comprehensive GIS analysis of public lands suitable for wilderness designation

  • Efforts included broad use of spatial data, roads and trail infrastructure, and in-field evaluations



  • Extensive GIS analysis of land status and environmental suitability data established 192,000 acres on BLM lands for potential solar, wind, and other renewables

  • Defined a streamlined federal review process for proposed projects


Wild and Scenic River Program Support, ID/NV/UT/WY 

  • Developed a GIS protocol for robust desktop analyses using Google Earth and remote sensing on behalf of USFS Region 4 in four western states

  • Digitized decades-old spatial documents for 10 National Forests


Coal Suitability Analysis, OK/KS/TX 

  • Mapped and analyzed 1.9 million acres of federally managed coal

  • Evaluated potential surface mining on lands managed by 12 federal agencies, 3 states, and over 15,000 private landowners


Public Land Order Analysis, AK 

  • Developed and executed a methodology for reviewing over 150 historical Public Land Order records, extracting spatial data to determine current mineral withdrawal status

  • Created a GIS database of PLO ANSCA 17(d)(1) mineral withdrawals across a 56-million-acre area