Dodson & Flinker provides GIS services to towns, non-profit conservation groups, land trusts, and planning consultants for a wide variety of projects, from scenic analysis to traditional comprehensive planning. The power of GIS is invaluable in organizing complex material in multiple layers, which can be overlaid to understand relationships, solve problems, and explore design ideas. GIS is also a powerful tool for public participation. GIS maps convey complex information visually, so that the public can better understand both existing conditions and proposals for future conservation and development. These allow the complex relationship between the physical form of the landscape and features such as wetlands, streams and vegetation to be seen clearly.