Fall 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

2007 Conference
Silent Auction
From the Chair
Polaris Awards
Student Scholarship Competition
Our 50th Issue

LMIC Budget Restored
Parcel Inventory Updated
Monument Coordinates in Feet

Governor's Council
New Members
Annual Report
Regional Collaboration Panel

Met Council Map Site
MetroGIS Address Dataset

New Funding for Land Data
GeoMoose Web Mapping
Hennepin Co. Mobile Assessor Tool
Remote Aircraft Photography
Clay Co. Addresses

USGS Maps in GeoPDF
Free Landsat Images
TerraLook Free Imagery
NOAA Satellites
USGS Resources for Teachers

Higher Education
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
Geography, History Online

ESRI Map Help

Google Earth Pro Grants

Other Places
Bring Back Geography!
New Parcel Study
MAPPS Loses Lawsuit


GIS Seminar for LCCMR
By Will Craig, University of Minnesota

The Governor's Council, with assistance from the MN GIS/LIS Consortium, presented a Natural Resources Data Seminar to LCCMR on June 6, 2007. LCCMR, the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, recommends environmental and natural resource projects to be funded by the state from the proceeds of the state lottery and other sources. Nearly $23 million in projects are funded in the current biennium. Many of the proposed projects had a GIS component -  LCCMR members requested the seminar to increase their knowledge of GIS to help them make more informed decisions about recommending these projects.

The session was moderated by Will Craig, Associate Director for the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Tim Loesch, GIS Manager at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, provided background on the nature of GIS and followed with examples of the use of GIS in natural resources management and analysis. Steve Kloiber, Environmental Analyst at the Metropolitan Council, provided an overview of GIS data and how it is collected.

The full slide show is available from -- look under the June 6, 2007 meeting.

The seminar was very well received. The great majority of LCCMR members were present. They were quite engaged, asking pointed questions about data quality and data availability. One of the main points of the presentation was that a high quality collection of core data will be used many times, sometimes in innovative ways that lead to significant breakthroughs. The presentation also focused on the status of that core data and pointed to some significant weaknesses including old wetland maps, outdated land use data, and incomplete or inaccessible county parcel maps. Improving that data will require new funding. Commission members raised questions about inconsistent data from well-drillers and others responsible for point-level environmental data. Improving that data will require new rules and regulations. LCCMR also seemed quite interested in supporting a new survey of data and information needs for natural resource and environmental professionals.