Kansas Association of Mappers

Meet our Key Note Speakers: 

Annie, Brian and John will discuss their various roles with the Flint Hills Map & Education Program, a placed-based educational program providing maps and educational tools to deepen student's knowledge, pride and commitment to their special place in the world - the Flint Hills. 

Annie Wilson and her husband operate Five Oaks Ranch in Chase County. Annie is also a singer-songwriter in the Tallgrass Express String Band and was named the “Flint Hills Balladeer" by the KS Dept of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. She has worked as an attorney and business manager. For many years she taught high school language arts, and after retirement, helped form and coordinates the Flint Hills Map & Education Program.

Brian Obermeyer has been the director of The Nature Conservancy’ Flint Hills Initiative for the past 16 years. Brian works with ranchers, landowners and other stakeholders to help preserve the biological integrity of this impressive landscape. In addition to his work with private landowners, Brian helps oversee stewardship on over 13,000 acres of Conservancy-owned land in the Flint Hills, including the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and nearly 50,000 acres of conservation easements.

John Dunham has been the manager of Cartographic Services at the Kansas Geological Survey since 2005. He directs the integration, development, and maintenance of geographic data layers to support cartographic development, lead in scanning, digital cleanup, georeferencing, and conversion to digital GIS data of KGS’ historical cartographic products, and coordinates with research staff on the collection and integration of digital field data. In 2016 he was the recipient of the ESRI User Conference Excellence in Cartography Award.

Conference Schedule (Click here for Session Details)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

9:00 am - 3:00 pm KAM Designations

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pre-Conference Workshop

10:00 am - 5:00 pm 


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Pre-Conference Workshops
    8:30 pm - 11:00 pm Hospitality Room

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration

    9:00 am - 9:30 am
    Coffee and Rolls
    9:30 am - 10:00 am Welcome and KAM Business Meeting

    10:00 am - 10:45 am  Opening Keynote: Anne Wilson, Brian Obermeyer and John Durham - Flint Hills Map and Education

    11:00 am - 11:50 am  GIO Update and State Lightning Talks 

    12:00 pm - 1:15 pm  Luncheon with Exhibitor Lightning Talks 

    1:15 pm - 2:00 pm  Concurrent Session I

    2:15 pm - 3:00 pm  Concurrent Session II

    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm  Exhibits Open / Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

    3:30 pm - 4:15 pm  Concurrent Session III

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm  New Member and Past President Reception

    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm  Exhibitor Reception - Food, beverages, casino games and door prizes!

    8:30 pm - 11:00 pm  Hospitality Room

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    8:00 am - 9:00 am Coffee with the vendors (breakfast on your own or in the hotel buffet)

    9:00 am - 9:45 am  Concurrent Session IV

    10:00 am - 10:45 am  Concurrent Session V

    10:45 am - 11:15 am  Morning Break with Exhibitors

    11:15 am - 12:00 pm  Concurrent Session VI

    12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

    Lunch with the vendors, voting for the board and map gallery

    1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

    Concurrent Session VII

    2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

    Afternoon Break with Exhibitors
    2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

    Concurrent Session VIII

    3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

    Speaker: Friends of the Kaw

    5:00 pm

    Bus to Bowersock Dam Tour - Following the tour attendees can walk / ride to downtown area for 

    dinner on your own or return to the hotel  Map of dining options

    8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Bus transportation from downtown returning to hotel -Last shuttle at 9:00 pm 

    8:30 pm – 11:00 pm Hospitality Room

    Join us for an evening on the Kaw!

    Before we head downtown we'll learn about the grassroots conservation group the Friends of the Kaw. Their mission is to advocate for the rehab of the Kansas (Kaw) River, promote public recreational use of the river and much more. 

    Dawn Buehler is the Kansas Riverkeeper. She monitors, responds and mediates suspected pollution incidents to Kansas River; schedules and facilitates educational float trips; and manages advocacy efforts to protect and preserve the Kansas River. Dawn earned both a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Conservation from Oregon State University and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Baker University. Dawn’s passion is watershed management and finding ways we can all work together to improve our watershed and the quality of the Kansas River. As a Kansas native, Dawn has a vested interest and passion for the river.

    After hearing from Dawn we will head downtown to tour the Bowersock Mills & Power Company, the only operating hydroelectric plant in Kansas. 

    Sarah Hill-Nelson is the Owner/Operator of The Bowersock Mills and Power Company, a run of river, certified low-impact hydroelectric plant located on the Kansas River in Lawrence, Kansas. Ms. Hill-Nelson is the fifth generation of the Hill family to own and operate The Bowersock Mills and Power Company. She is the President and CEO of the company, and manages the company operations along with her father, Stephen Hill. Ms. Hill-Nelson was one of the first Kansas energy business leaders to leverage renewable attributes through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs or Green Tags). She has also been actively involved in legislative issues relating to renewable energy.  

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    7:00 am - 8:30 am Coffee in the registration area (breakfast on your own)

    8:30 am - 9:15 am  Concurrent Session IX
      9:30 am – 10:15 am Concurrent Session X

      10:30 am – 11:30 am


      11:30 am – 12:15 pm

      Closing Keynote: TBD
      12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

      Closing KAM business, announce new board, map gallery winners and door prize

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