Bart Butterfield was the manager of the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Information System at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Starting at IDFG in 1992 as a Senior GIS Analyst, he was promoted to manager in 2002. Bart worked to integrate GIS and traditional IT development into a comprehensive fish and wildlife information system.
Bart had been active in the NW GIS User Group since 1991 when he attended the NWGIS conference in Silverdale, WA. Bart was first elected to the NWGIS Board of Directors in 2000, re-elected in 2011 at the Boise, ID conference, and served on the board until 2017. He organized and chaired five NWGIS conferences: 2001 Sun Valley, 2004 Sun Valley, 2008 Sun Valley, 2011 Boise, and 2017 Boise. Bart also served as the treasurer for the NWGIS User Group, and led the website committee.
Bart had been dealing with challenging medical issues and passed away November 15th, 2017. Bart will be remembered not only for his many contributions in Conservation GIS, wildlife conservation, data management and leadership, but also for his kindness, generosity, and friendship.