July 16, 2002 – Space Imaging, a provider of Earth imagery and related services to commercial and government markets, has announced that it has been awarded a three-year contract with the state of Kentucky’s Governor’s Office for Technology. Under the terms of the contract, Space Imaging will provide satellite imagery and processing technologies to the Kentucky Landscape Snapshot (KLS) Project. In April, Kentucky received a grant for the KLS project from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to monitor, map and assess the state’s forests and urban environment. Historically, Kentucky’s primary economic uses of the land were farming, timber harvesting, and coal extraction. Over time, the landscape has evolved toward fast growing urban centres. As a result, Kentucky has one of the highest rates of urban development in the United States. Along with imagery from the US Landsat satellites, the KLS Project will use high-resolution images to study changes to the state’s natural and man-made landscapes. The first product to be delivered in the spring of 2003 will be an up-to-date land cover/land use digital map of Kentucky. The second phase of the contract involves the development of tools for forest and urban management that use these remotely sensed project with associated geographical data. The final phase of the project is to operationalize change detection methods within State government. “Out of 232 total applicants, Kentucky is very fortunate and pleased to be among a handful to have won the research grant from NASA,” said Susan Carson Lambert, geographer and principal investigator for the KLS project, Governor’s Office for Technology, Commonwealth of Kentucky. “We intend to integrate Space Imaging’s finished products into multiple programs to assist landowners and communities with land use and land management decisions through local, state and federal government agencies.” Other members of the Kentucky team are: the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources-including the Commissioner’s Office, the State Nature Preserves Commission, the Division of Forestry and the Division of Conservation; the U.S. Forest Service; Daniel Boone National Forest, Morehead State University, and the U.S. Geological Survey.