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In order to effectively plan for a community's future, while protecting the quality of the environment, officials need to have detailed knowledge of the resources a community possesses. A Community Resource Inventory (CRI) is the foundation of good planning. A CRI is a list or atlas of the natural and cultural resources, as well as human dimensions data (i.e., land parcels, urban areas, streets and highways), in a community. The CRI-SC tool presents a list of resources in the form of online map data, and is intended for users without traditional Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capabilities and / or quick creation of resource inventory maps. Having a detailed set of inventory maps will assist in making educated decisions about land use to maintain environmental integrity.

Clemson University's Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, in partnership with the S.C. NEMO Program, the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, Carolina Clear and the North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, have developed an online CRI mapping tool. This initial version is a pilot program being tested for Georgetown County with the goal for the tool to be expanded to include all South Carolina coastal counties.


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CRI Planning Process


  1. Inventory. Using the online CRI-SC tool select map layers to display data. This simple inventory can provide you with a foundation for making planning decisions, and the base version can be enhanced and improved as other sources of data become available.

  2. Analysis. Using the different types of data that are displayed on the map, analysis allows you to answer questions you or your group have about your region.

  3. Planning. You can use the inventory to set priorities and goals for your region based on your analysis in step 2, and then lay out a process for attaining those goals.