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As a service to the GIS/LIS community, the Consortium continues to build a list of initial sources for large-area GIS mapping coverages. The following is a list for Minnesota and National resources. Send information updates, or other suggestions, to:


American Institute of Professional Geologists, Minnesota Section

Borchert Map Library. This library is part of the University of Minnesota and contains the Automated Cartographic Information Center. Data is not for sale but can be used on site for project needs. 612-624-4549 or  

BWSR - Board of Water and Soil Resources. Information at 651-296-3767 or 

Crime Mapping Research Center

DNR - Department of Natural Resources. Information Desk 651-296-6157; Forestry 651-296-4491; MIS 651-297-2329; Lands and Minerals 651-296-4807; Waters 651-296-4800.
Agency web site:
DNR ArcView Resources:
DNR Data Deli: 

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency 

Map Service Center: 

FGDC - Federal Geographic Data Center.


Geographic Information Center of the National Academies

GIS Certification Institute

GNIS - Geographic Names Information System. On line information (on-line query and downloadable data) or 1-888-ASK-USGS

Guide to Mostly On-Line and Mostly Free U.S. Geospatial and Attribute Data

IIC - Interagency Information Cooperative. A forum on Minnesota forest resources issues.
Home page:

LGO - Legislative GIS Office

Metropolitan Council: Council Home Page listing available publications and maps at:

MetroGIS - For information call Geoff Maas at 651-602-1638.
MetroGIS Home Page at:

MN Data Book for Legislators, Third Edition, by House Research, factual information about Minnesota, January 1999.

MnGeoMinnesota Geospatial Information Office Information at 651-296-1211
MnGeo home page
Minnesota Geographic Data Clearinghouse for GeoGateway and other data search tools, free data online, and data catalogs.
County GIS Contacts:

MN Geological Survey 612-627-4780 or web site
Map Sale office 612-627-4782,

Minnesota River Basin Data Center:
Web Site:

Minnesota River Basin Data Center at Mankato State University - 

MN/DOT - Minnesota Department of Transportation. For information on the MnDOT BaseMap CD, call 651-215-1973 or e-mail to:
MnDOT GPS and Geodetic data and software 
maps from MNDOT: 

NSDI National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse to search for statewide, national or global data

NGS - National Geodetic Survey for geodetic and GPS information. 

NRCS - Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly SCS) State Soil Scientist Office at 651-602-7861.
Minnesota State NRCS Office:
Minnesota Soils Homepage:
National soils information:
SSURGO data and information:
GIS Toolkit:

OpenGIS Consortium

US Census Bureau. Information and downloadable data at
Customer Service Office at 301-457-4100.
U.S. Gazetteer, interactive mapping at: 
American FactFinder: 

USFS - U.S. Forest Service.
North Central Forest Experiment Station:
Great Lakes Ecological Assessment.

USFWS - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Interactive Wetland Mapper at:
National Wetland Inventory downloadable data at:

USGS - U.S. Geological Survey. For general information or call 1-888-ASK-USGS.
Information Products About Mapping and Related Subjects: 
National Elevation Dataset: 
Online DOQs and DRGs:
Online publications:

USGS - Biological Resources Division - Upper Midwest Environmental Services Center, Onalaska, Wisconsin. A wide range of biological, physical, spatial, and technical data and information relating to the Upper Mississippi River System.

USGS - Earth Science Information Center (ESIC), Rolla, MO. For ordering USGS paper and digital products. 573-308-3500. or call 1-888-ASK-USGS.

USGS - EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, SD. Products available, plus general information on aerial photography and satellite images, at or call 605-594-6151.

LANDSAT7 information at 

USGS - National Atlas of the United States

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