Federal agencies collaborate to ensure that lands owned by the U.S. government, including military bases, are available for statewide mapping. The N.C. Federal Interagency Committee was created to coordinate data activities within North Carolina between federal agencies and other geographic data users and distributors represented on the N.C. Geographic Information Coordinating Council.

Federal agencies, together with state and local government units, contribute to GIS partnerships that can only be fully and practically utilized with a statewide focus and cooperative effort. The National Spatial Data Infrastructure provides guidelines for acquiring, processing, storing, distributing and increasing the utilization of geographic data. To maximize benefits and minimize redundancy of data activities, procedures for distribution, standards, funding and data collection should involve coordination with federal agencies operating in the state.

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Federal Land Ownership Dataset

The N.C. GICC tasked the FIC with developing a plan and set of recommendations for updating the federal land ownership dataset for North Carolina. An FIC committee – Tom Colson, chair, National Park Service; Mark Endries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Susan Pulsipher, U.S. Army contractor – conducted a thorough review of federal land ownership in North Carolina and recommended a solution for an updated federal land ownership dataset.

See the Federal Land Ownership Report, dated May 29, 2013.

In response to FIC’s recommendations, CGIA and the Natural Heritage Program in the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources developed a collaborative work flow to take advantage of NHP’s role as state steward for the national Protected Areas Database and NHP’s inclusion of information from the GAP Analysis program. The PAD includes most of the federal lands in North Carolina, creating opportunities to streamline data maintenance for NHP, PAD and the FIC’s compilation of federal land. The resulting dataset, “Federal Lands in North Carolina,” is available in the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal for discovery, access and download.

Committee Information

Executive Committee Members

Name Status Organization Phone
Jeremy Baynes Chair U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 919-541-1939
Katharine Kolb Vice Chair U.S. Geological Survey 704-344-6272 ext. 12
William Beatty At-large U.S. Federal Highway Administration 919-747-7013
Erik Hund At-large NOAA Office for Coastal Management 843-740-1280
Josh Istvan At-large Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians 828-359-6438
Keiyonna Lighten-Solomon At-large Federal Emergency Management Agency 770-220-7128

Current Meeting Information

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Past meetings: Past GICC Events

Bylaws and Work Plans

Federal government agencies in North Carolina are major users of GIS technology and are developers of geospatial data. The FIC serves as a forum for organizations that represent federal government GIS users and data producers in the state. The FIC prepares an annual work plan that directs the work of the committee and documents its accomplishments.


Current Chair: Jeremy Baynes, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, 919-541-1939

Staff Support: John Derry, CGIA, 919-754-6594

National Geospatial Program liaison to North Carolina: