Louisiana Remote Sensing & GIS Workshop

The first Louisiana Remote Sensing & GIS Workshop was held in May of 1985 at the Holiday Inn in Slidell, Louisiana. It was jointly sponsored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. The meeting was titled “Habitat Mapping for Coastal Management in Louisiana,” and was attended by approximately 30 people by invitation only. The primary purpose was to share information about current coastal mapping activities and future needs in the state, which resulted in planning of a coastal aerial photography overflight. The group naturally celebrated success with a crawfish boil the final night from the back of Jimmy Johnston’s vintage Chevy pickup truck sporting a 1962 green cab on a 1963 blue bed. The meetings were by invitation only until 1987 when the Workshop was renamed the “Workshop on Remote Sensing and GIS for Coastal Management in Louisiana.