4-H Bartlett study pinpoints risky areas for deer crashes

From left are Rick McClanahan, director of Bartlett’s Engineering Department; Todd Graves, GIS specialist; Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald; and members of the Shelby County 4-H GIS Team, including Olivia Ayers, Mason Ayers, Aiden Graham and Molly Ayers. Courtesy photo.
From left are Rick McClanahan, director of Bartlett’s Engineering Department; Todd Graves, GIS specialist; Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald; and members of the Shelby County 4-H GIS Team, including Olivia Ayers, Mason Ayers, Aiden Graham and Molly Ayers. Courtesy photo.

The Shelby County 4-H GIS (Graphic information Systems) team recently presented the mayor and members of the Bartlett engineering staff a report on traffic accidents involving deer. Mayor Keith McDonald has asked them to continue and to develop a long-term solution.

Their study covered deer strikes with cars going back to 2014, and they mapped the GPS coordinates of those strikes to visualize areas of greatest risk. The study included both seasonal and cumulative graphics.

These students have entered the associated maps in the Tennessee GIS annual contest at the University of Tennessee and are waiting to hear if their work will advance to the national contest later this summer.

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Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald and Rick McClanahan, director of Bartlett’s Engineering Department, listen as Olivia Ayers and Molly Ayers present their team’s data.
2018 GIS Deer Strike TOTAL Map
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2018 GIS Deer Strike Story Map OUTPUT
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