Mike Krumrine received the 2014 Delmarva Geographic Service Award during the morning plenary session at the Delmarva GIS Conference on May 8 in Bridgeville, Delaware. He was selected for the honor, by votes of the conference attendees, from among a group of nominees.
Mike is employed in the Division of Parks & Recreation, DNREC. He was hired to manage the Parks GIS system, coordinate data development/upkeep, and to manage special GIS projects, yet today his skills stretch far beyond GIS management and coordination.
- Mike has worked as the GIS Coordinator to support a wide range of projects both within State Parks as well as other divisions within the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). In addition to developing and managing geospatial data for the Division, he also provides GIS and GPS training and technical support for nearly a dozen GIS users within State Parks. He works across multiple divisions and state agencies to support a number of initiatives including recreation planning, planning of new park facilities, land stewardship (protection of natural/cultural resources), conservation opportunities (for land acquisition and easements), and grants administration, while also creating the trail and park maps that guide visitors through our state parks.
- Mike strives to utilize GIS technology to provide accurate information needed to help guide more informed decision making. He has worked on projects in recreational trail planning and development, outdoor recreation, water trail development and land preservation. Since 2005, he has pushed to use GIS and Trimble GPS technology to automate much of the division’s data collection and mapping operations, thereby increasing the accuracy and efficiency of the data collection.
- Mike lends his knowledge, skills and abilities to planning functions managed by the Park Resource Office. He has worked with Azavea Inc. to create a new model for integrating spatial analysis into outdoor recreation planning. The model uses a walkable/bikeable pedestrian network and integrates demographics from census data to generate a level of service for outdoor recreation areas. As opposed to the traditional buffer analysis, the new model uses the actual travel network to get a more accurate estimate of the number of people served. The model can also identify recreational deserts, which will aid in finding the best location for a new facility. This network modeling approach is helping park planners throughout Delaware to prioritize recreational investments- allowing for the greatest return on the dollar.
- Since the fall of 2013, several recreational facility level of service analyses have informed the Council on Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, the Children in Nature Initiative, Trails & Pathways Initiative and Bayshore Initiative. The Division expects this new modeling tool to inform and guide the future development of outdoor recreation facilities statewide; identifying gaps in the recreational facilities service system (statewide and by town); pedestrian sidewalk systems, gaps in health and much more. As a result of the ever-increasing expansion of our waist lines and the epidemic of children being deprived of the outdoors, there has been a big push to connect communities with local resources and surrounding outdoor recreation opportunities. The goal is to get people out of their cars and children away from the video games, encouraging both adults and children to start walking or biking to the store or nearby park. The models help determine where this is realistic and where scarcities ofresources or safe travel routes make it nearly impossible. Once the gaps are identified the Division can use the models to locate the best location for new expenditures and prioritize future investments.
In an attempt to share their work with many of their partners, Mike and his colleague, Kendall Sommers, are currently working with the cities of Newark and Lewes to utilize the models to guide the Recreational Component of their Comprehensive Plans and the city of Dover in the development of their 2014 Recreation Plan. In addition they have partnered with the Delaware Healthy Eating and Active Living Coalition (DE HEAL) to study the accessibility of recreational facilities statewide. They are also working with UD’s Water Resource Agency staff to utilize the modeling for the Department of Public Health’s Healthy Lifestyles Initiative.
- Mike represents the Division of Parks and Recreation on the Delaware Geographic Data Committee (DGDC). He actively attends DGDC, meetings and reports back to the Division on happenings within the GIS community. He actively supported the funding of multiple years of aerial photography, LiDAR and Land Use Land Cover (LULC) data and successfully lobbied the administration within State Parks to assist in funding the projects. He also worked behind the scenes by reviewing and commenting on draft versions of both the aerial photography and the 2007 LULC data.
- Mike has been an incredible leader for the Division’s GIS group; he is quick to lend a hand to those needing GIS assistance or help with an ArcGIS matter. He has been a superb mentor for the staff. He frequently offers advice and recommendations to guide staff through the beginning of their professional career. He challenges them to work beyond their limits and to think more deeply about their projects. Mike encourages the young professional to develop their own GIS projects, to present them at conferences. Mike demonstrates exceptional service to all that know him.
- Since 2005, Mike has either authored or co-authored poster presentation at many of the Delaware GIS Conferences. For this year’s Delmarva GIS Conference, he will present “Using Network Analyst for Outdoor Recreation Planning”, a project he also hopes to be able to present at the national Esri conference.