Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) is excited to share Grace Lavan won first place in Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium’s inaugural Student App Competition. Her winning app is titled “A Re-evaluation of the Effects of a Pipeline on Gray Wolves.”

“Grace earned this accolade for her impressive work with GIS and StoryMaps,” shared FDLTCC Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program Coordinator, Carl Sack, Ph.D., “Her app is a great example of the power these tools bring to environmental analysis and a testament to the real-world problems our students engage with.

Grace’s app, “A Re-evaluation of the Effects of a Pipeline on Gray Wolves,” explores the question, “How are gray wolves affected by the construction of an oil pipeline on the Fond du Lac Reservation?” The project is available at

Fellow FDLTCC student, Eulogio Lopez, received a Student Scholarship from the Consortium for his academic achievement in GIS. Both students are working toward a GIS Certificate at FDLTCC. Information about the Minnesota GIS/LIS Annual Conference is available at

Students in the GIS program at FDLTCC apply their skills to real problems. Faculty and students work closely with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa on GIS projects that benefit the Band’s operations and promote cultural exchange. To learn more about the GIS program at FDLTCC, visit


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