Natural Resources Digital Atlas for Twin Cities Online
By Paul Hanson, Metropolitan Council Research
The Metropolitan Council is pleased to announce that the award-winning Natural Resources Digital Atlas is now available on the Internet. Like the desktop version released in 2006, the Digital Atlas is designed to help users identify and protect significant natural resources in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area.
The Digital Atlas is an easy-to-use application that places a collection of interactive maps, mapping examples and helpful planning support materials at your fingertips. It organizes and displays the best available federal, state and county natural resource information in meaningful ways that help support planning and policy discussions. Designed for those who may not have experience using GIS software, the Digital Atlas makes it easier to answer questions such as:
Where might the best place to site a park in our community?
What significant natural resources are within our border?
If we zone this land for residential development, will we lose any aggregate resources?
We invite you to explore the Natural Resources Digital Atlas on the Internet and consider how the Digital Atlas can help you address your natural resource interests (http://gis.metc.state.mn.us/topics/nrda/index_new.asp). Remember, you can always access the Digital Atlas through the main Metropolitan Council website at www.metrocouncil.org – simply click Maps, followed by Topics on the right-hand navigation panel.
If you have questions concerning the data or contents of the Digital Atlas, please contact Paul Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-602-1642.