Summer 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

2007 Conference
Silent Auction
From the Chair
Spring Workshops
Award Nominations
Scholarship Winners

Right of Way Maps Online
More Photos via WMS

Governor's Council
Applications FY08
Commendation Nominations


County GIS Association
Ramsey 2006 Orthos
Utility User Group

SSURGO update
Web Soil Survey v.2
2010 Census Tracts
2010 Census Address Update
Land Cover Website
Satellite Mission

Higher Education
U of M GIS Job Fair
St. Mary's Update

Other Places
Seamless Photos/Topos
WI GIS Coordination
City GIS Sites
Climate Change Risk
Projections Poster
European GPS Update
1507 Map of World


Web Soil Survey Version 2.0 to be Released Soon

By Danielle Evans, Natural Resources Conservation Service


Version 2.0 of NRCS’s Web Soil Survey (WSS) is scheduled to be released near the end of May for public use. WSS is a web application that provides electronic access to relevant soil and related information needed to make use and management decisions

about the land. Be sure to click on “View an illustrated list of new features” to see what has been improved.


Some enhancements will include:


  • Redesigned homepage
  • New Shopping Cart feature – individual thematic maps and soil reports can be added to the shopping cart, and then downloaded or printed as one large PDF bundle. Basic soil map, map unit legend and map unit descriptions are added automatically.
  • PLSS Section data layer added
  • Navigate by federal land ownership boundaries – U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Defense.
  • Address and Lat/Long point marker added – red “+” sign
  • The shifted or tilted AOI (area of interest) boundary problem is corrected
  • Option to print using a nationally unique map unit symbol – we use the mukey – on maps and reports
  • Pop-up map unit description on Soil Map tab – link from map unit name
  • Link to Archived Soil Surveys – no longer displaying these directly in WSS
  • DRG layer (scanned USGS topo maps) available as optional backdrop
  • Legend and Layers tabs combined with layer properties and options available