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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Submarginal Farm Productivity: A GIS Analysis

Land productivity is an essential component to any farmstead. GIS offers a unique opportunity to address questions dealing with farm productivity. This investigation deals with farmsteads located within The Finger Lakes National Forest and the surrounding area of Schuyler County. The Finger Lakes National Forest was created when the federal government purchased individual farms in these uplands. The assumption being that the farms were located on submarginal land that was considered to be unsuitable for farming. An analysis of historic records, historic maps, and historic orthographic photos make it possible to test these ideas by comparing productivity of farms across Schuyler County. The goal of this investigation is to ultimately examine factors, such as location, elevation, and soil composition of the farms that eventually become part of the present day Finger Lakes National Forest.

Presenter: Dustin Conklin (Undergraduate Student)
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 1:45 pm (Session III)