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Alternative Management Zones for Monocacy National Battlefield

Monocacy NB
Matthew Safford
 
TITLE: Alternative Management Zones for Monocacy National Battlefield

Known as the "Battle That Saved Washington", the battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864 between 18,000 Confederate forces and 5,800 Union forces marked the last campaign of the Confederacy to carry the war into the north.

The purpose of this GIS project is to display and analyze the various management alternatives for Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland, as part of the General Management Plan effort. An important step in the planning process is to apply management prescriptions as zones on the ground. Written prescriptions for these zones define the desired future conditions for that area of a park. Management plan alternatives differ in the way the zones are laid out. For example, one alternative may call for more acreage in the "Visitor Service Zone" than others.

Preliminary concepts for the zones are as follows:
Preservation - This zone would place emphasis on preserving historic structures and landscapes.
Natural Resources - Emphasis would be on maintaining resources is as natural a state as possible.
Commemorative - The desired condition within this zone would be a peaceful, contemplative experience at the formal battlefield monuments.
Visitor Facilities - Previously disturbed sites that do not contain important natural or cultural resources, for major visitor use facilities.
Maint./Admin. - Intended for park operations structures and facilities.

These zones were transferred from hand-drawn map overlays to ArcView shapefiles via on-screen digitizing. It was decided to use GIS to visually display the zoning and for ease of editing to incorporate changes requested by the planning team.

The first map (areamap.jpg) is a location map intended to place the battlefield in context with surrounding communities and transportation systems. The second map (Local.jpg) illustrates the preliminary management zones located to fulfill the concepts and goals for Alternative 3 that tells the Local Story of Monocacy. The third map (Crossrds.jpg) illustrates the preliminary management zones located to fulfill the concepts and goals for Alternative 4 that tells the story of Monocacy as an important Crossroads.

NOTE: Management zones shown on the maps are preliminary and subject to change during the planning process. Boundaries shown are not to be used for legal purposes. Metadata for these temporary shape files is available on request.
April 08, 2004