Mapping & Boundary Branch
Leasing Division, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
381 Elden Street, MS 4011
Herndon, VA 20170
Doug Vandegraft is the new (6/2010) Chief of the Mapping and Boundary Branch for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (formerly the Minerals Management Service). BOEMRE maps the offshore areas of the U.S. to support energy development. From 2000-2010, Doug served as the Chief Cartographer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where under his leadership, the FWS constructed a cadastral geodatabase containing all boundaries and parcels within the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Born and raised in Southern California, Doug attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ (1978-1982), receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Minor in Cartography. In 1983 he accepted a position with the Bureau of Land Management in Anchorage, Alaska, as a Cartographic Technician. In 1986 he transferred to the FWS, primarily to learn digital cartography. In 1998 he received an Associate’s Degree in Surveying and Mapping Science from the University of Alaska Anchorage while working as the Supervisor of the FWS Cartographic Unit. In 2000 he was promoted to be the first Chief Cartographer of the FWS at Headquarters in Washington D.C. Professional organizations include CaGIS (Vice President 2005; President 2006) and Toastmasters International. He is currently the CaGIS Delegate to the ACSM Congress and one of three Federal Representatives to the U.S. National Committee for the International Cartographic Association.
I was elected Vice President of CaGIS in 2005, and have been involved with the management and direction of our society ever since. Because of my years of experience and knowledge of how the Board operates, I am in a unique position to ensure the continued success of CaGIS as it begins its first year of independence. If I am elected to the Board of Directors, I will continue to bring my enthusiasm and hard work ethic in support of the important work that lies ahead. The visibility and viability of CaGIS is paramount to this effort. Only through the retention of our current membership and the recruitment of new members will our society be able to thrive. This will be my goal.