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Mn DNR Introduces WMA Finder
By Steve Benson and Steve Lime, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
DNR staff have recently completed work designed to present Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in a new way to the public on the DNR website. While some narrative information remains to be entered, this release is the result of years of data collection aimed at providing both management data to DNR wildlife managers and recreation information to the public. Wildlife staff and DNR web staff worked together to present data through a web application that allows the public to find WMAs easily and to view recreation and vegetation information. The new "WMA Finder" can be found on the main page of the WMA site, www.dnr.state.mn.us/wmas/index.html
The tool allows the public to locate WMAs by name, by county, by recreation choice and even by whether or not wheelchair accessible facilities are available. Clicking on the name of a WMA opens the link to the homepage for that WMA. The homepage contains narrative information describing the WMA, a link to an interactive map used to display vegetation, parking lots and aerial photos and a link to more detailed information if it exists.
Back on the main page of WMA site, users can also click on a .kmz file to open Google Earth and locate WMAs with that application. The user can pan and zoom to a WMA, then click on either the parking lot or name of the unit and open a link to the homepage for that WMA.
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