Summer 2009

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Scholarship Winners
Lifetime/Polaris Nominations

Drive to Excellence Update
Emerald Ash Borer Tracking
New Catchment Boundaries
M3D Update
MN Broadband Maps

Governor's Council
CTU/USNG Standards
Red River Flood GIS
RNC Presentation
Commendation Nominations

Natural Resources Atlas

Red River Flood - Moorhead
Ag Emergency Plan - Steele Co.
Crime Maps & GeoMoose
Laurentian Collaborative
Ramsey Co GIS Group


Higher Education
GISSO Job Fair
Reclaim Lost Land

Other Places
ND GIS Conference
Sticky/Magnetic States



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 ( Remember, you can always access the Digital Atlas through the main Metropolitan Council website at – 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 or 651-602-1642.