Research Team from Wisconsin and Minnesota to Create Habitat Map of St. Louis River Estuary

A team of researchers from Wisconsin and Minnesota has been awarded a NOAA grant to complete a habitat map of the St. Louis River estuary.

Brown County seeks consultant proposals for mapping project

“OneMap” is a GIS pilot project funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and NOAA. The goal of OneMap is to develop critical GIS data layers that can support habitat restoration and conservation projects

Statewide Land Cover Mapping Project

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) partnered on a project to map the current vegetation, water, and urban patterns (“land cover”) of Wisconsin.

Project maps Wisconsin’s economic history

A grant from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program has facilitated access to a GIS database of 1930s-era economic inventory maps for coastal areas of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Historic Landscape Project 2015 Community Forum Report

Report on a series of public forums held in 2015 to gather information on user needs for the Wisconsin Historic Landscape Database. This database was derived from the 1832-1866 General Land Office survey of Wisconsin documenting information about soils, vegetation, cultural features, and wetlands.

Land Use and Land Cover Data

Land cover and land use are often used as interchangeable terms, but each designates a specific type of information.  Land cover designates the vegetation or other type of cover that is on the land (grass, red oak, concrete).  Land use designates the human-derived applications and activities that take place on the land (agriculture, commercial, residential).  There are a variety of state and national products available that map the past and present land cover and/or land use of an area. 

Wiscland 2 project complete, data now available

After more than two years of work, new statewide land cover products are now available for download from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Final report published for the Wisconsin Historic Landscape 2015 Community Forum Project

The final report of the Wisconsin Historic Landscape 2015 Community Forum Project is now available for viewing and download.

Wiscland 2 project moves on to more detailed maps

The Wiscland 2 project is moving forward with more detailed maps after receiving positive feedback on the initial Level 1 product delivery in January.  As the maps get more complex there are new challenges, but the initial results are very promising.

First draft of statewide land cover product delivered to DNR

There is still a lot of work to be done before the final product is finished in the summer of 2016, but initial accuracy results show overall accuracy exceeds 90 percent for this draft product.