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To view these demonstrations you will need to Download the free Google Earth program, if you don't already have it on your computer. Some projects are available as Plug in tours viewable in this web browser with a free downloadable plugin.

Links marked with this icon are Google Earth files. You must have Google Earth installed to use these links.
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Google Earth Projects - Viewable on a web page with the Google Earth Browser Plugin or as a kmz downloadable file viewable in the free Google Earth 3D Virtual Globe interactive browser application. (Download here)


Boise River Greenbelt Gap HD Panoramas and Video

Kmz file of tour of Boise River Greenbelt Gap - This Google Earth kmz file contains placemarks along a southern section of the Boise River where no Greenbelt path exists. Each placemark contains links to High Definition 240 degree panorama views along a route described in the video. The video can be seen here. The video provides a walking tour with Cheyne Weston, Boise Parks and Recreation, as he walks along and describes a planned pathway to extend the Greenbelt on the south side of the river.

Tour of Boise River Headwaters Abandoned Minelands Restoration - October 2013

Plug in tour of Mores Creek Watershed Tour, October 2013 - This Google Earth tour is accompanied by music and narration and will play right in your browser window with the Google Earth Plugin. A link will come up with the browser plugin if you don't have it installed.
Kmz file of Mores Creek Watershed Tour, October 2013 - This Google Earth kmz file tour contains music and narration and is a sampling of Trout Unlimited watershed-wide restoration projects on abandoned minelands in the headwaters of the Boise River in Idaho. YouTube videos describing restoration efforts along Mores Creek and Grimes Creek are featured. To play the videos in this tour, you must pause the controller bar. After viewing the videos, click the play button on the controller bar to resume the Google Earth tour.

Boise River Trail - Mobile Media Interpretation, September 2013


Kmz file of Natural and Cultural History and Conservation topics along the Boise River - This Google Earth kmz file takes a tour along a stretch of the Boise River just east of Boise. You can also view the accompanying web site which features a Google Map. This was one of the Boise 150 Sesquicentennial Projects.

Google Earth Wildlife Migration Animations, August 2012


Six Pronghorn Populations - View on Vimeo This Google Earth animation shows the movement of the GPS collared pronghorn in 12 study animals. A timeline window in the upper left corner is synced with the animation to show the movement from winter range to summer range and back again over a 10 and 1/2 month period.

One Pronghorn Population - View on Vimeo This Google Earth animation shows the Little Wood River antelope population of 3 study animals migrating from their winter range on the sagebrush steppe of the Snake River Plain to their summer range in the Pioneer Mountains and back to their winter range. A timeline window in the upper left corner is synced with the animation to show the movement over a 10 and 1/2 month period.

Wild Upper Boise River, June 2010 - August 2012


Video of a Google Earth tour of the Wild Upper Boise River, August 2012 - Idaho Rivers United is fighting to keep the Middle Fork Boise River and North Fork Boise River flowing wild and free of any new dam. This Google Earth tour over the wild river canyons includes scenic photos and a graphic overlay of the dam sites being considered.
Plug in tour of the Boise River Potential Dam Sites, June 2010 - This Google Earth tour is accompanied by music and will play right in your browser window with the Google Earth Plugin. A link will come up with the browser plugin if you don't have it installed.
Kmz file of tour of Boise River Potential Dam Sites, June 2010 - This Google Earth kmz file is accompanied by music and tours potential dam sites on the Boise River and includes elevation level lines depicting water levels of each potential dam. The tour also includes photos representative of the dam site areas. Idaho Rivers United Boise River Web site is providing more information related to these potential dams and public meetings that are being held. See Idaho Rivers United web site for more information.

Tour of Potential CuMO Mine - May 2012

Plug in tour of Potential CuMo Mine, May 2012 - This Google Earth tour is accompanied by music and narration and will play right in your browser window with the Google Earth Plugin. A link will come up with the browser plugin if you don't have it installed.
Kmz file of Tour of Potential CuMo Mine - 5/12 - This Google Earth kmz file contains music and narration and flies along the Boise River tributaries to a potential molybdenum mine high in the watershed. YouTube videos describing restoration efforts along Grimes Creek and the effects of mining are featured. An earlier version of this presentation was given on 1/25/12 for the Idaho Families for Clean Water public meeting. See Idaho Rivers United web site for more information.

Owyhee Juniper Chomp and Sage Grouse Habitat - December 2011

Kmz file of tour of Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration in Owyhee County - This Google Earth kmz file contains music, videos and 360 panorama views demonstrating the value of a juniper mastication machine to improve sage grouse habitat in Southwest Idaho. The Nature Conservancy is working with the Owyhee Local Sage Grouse Working Group and Jordan Valley Coordinated Weed Management Area to use this machine - called a juniper masticator - to chomp up the spreading junipers. When the juniper trees are reduced in number sage grouse habitat it improved. Panoramas and videos taken in July, 2011.

You can also view the videos and panoramas online here.

Idaho Highway 12 Megaload Tour using a 3D truck model - February 2011

Plug in tour of Idaho Highway 12 Megaload Tour - The Google Earth Plug in will play this file in your chosen web browser. (A link will come up with the browser plugin if you don't have it installed.)

Prince of Wales Island Watershed Restoration Projects, 2006-2011

Plug in tour of Prince of Wales Island, Sal Creek and Harris River Watershed Restoration Projects, 2006 - 2011 - This Google Earth tour is accompanied by music and will play right in your browser window with the Google Earth Plugin. A link will come up with the browser plugin if you don't have it installed.
Kmz file of tour of Prince of Wales Island, Sal Creek and Harris River Watershed Restoration Projects, 2006 - 2011 - This Google Earth kmz file is accompanied by music and highlights the watershed restoration projects on Sal Creek and the Harris River, Tongass National Forest, Alaska, from 2006 - 2011.

Boise River at High Water June 3, 2011

Plug In tour of the Boise River at High Water on June 3, 2011 - This Google Earth tour is accompanied by music and will play right in your browser window with the Google Earth Plugin. A link will come up with the browser plugin if you don't have it installed.
Kmz file of tour of Boise River at High Water on June 3, 2011 - This Google Earth kmz file is accompanied by music and provides a sample of a dozen aerial photos of the Boise River at high water, with short explanatory descriptions, placed at the locations where they were taken during the flight.

Pit River Watershed, California - 11/07

Pit RCD Project Tour - The Pit RCD (Resource Conservation District) has provided 6 restoration project areas on their web site and the locations on this Google Earth tour provides links to those project pages.

Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada - 9/07

Otis Bay in Google Earth - The founders and employees of Otis Bay Ecological Consultants are dedicated to restoring altered riparian systems to natural, self-sustaining ecosystems to preserve native biological diversity. This Google Earth demonstration contains a few placemarks that will allow you to see locations where Otis Bay has already made significant improvements.

Frank Church Wilderness, Idaho - 9/07

Frank Church Wilderness - in the late 1970's we backpacked about 300 miles through the two large Wilderness Areas in Idaho and have floated the rivers and hiked in the Selway Bitteroot and Frank Church areas many times over the years. Last year we heard about a potential web site conference about the Frank Church Wilderness and agreed to be involved. This project has not materialized yet, but we started to explore Google Earth and the Internet to learn more about the communities and ecological impacts that may influence this spectacular wilderness. This is a work in progress.

Salmon Migration, Pacific Northwest - 1/07

Idaho Anadromous Fish Migration (1Mb) - a complicated Google Earth Tour showing the river passages Anadromous fish have to swim to get to the mountains of Idaho to spawn. The tour will allow you to fly along in the canyons of the Snake and Main Salmon Rivers.

Island of Jamaica - 7/06

Jamaica Protected Areas - This tour lets you explore 11 different Protected areas and 55 panorama locations on the Island of Jamaica. 18 of the panorama locations link to pages with full screen 360 degree views already produced for the Jamaica Protected Areas Trust web site.
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