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Alaska Support Office
John Pinamont
Alaska GIS Map Products

The Alaska Support Office (AKSO) GIS Team provides support services to parks and programs with the goal of developing and maintaining park-based GIS efforts. Our most successful product has been a suite of GIS software applications and data distributed to Alaska parks. These tools (NPS Theme Manager, AlaskaPak, NPS FirePak, Arcview to Access) have greatly enabled resource managers and scientists to use the GIS in their daily work. In addition to these digital products we have begun to focus on delivering GIS maps (paper!) as a standard line of products. These include several statewide (1:2,500,000 scale) maps and a series of park maps (various scales). Themes include park management units, wilderness lands, land status, hypsography, and recreational lands.

This standard set of map products has become very popular within the region. These maps serve a variety of user needs including backcountry management, subsistence advisory board meetings and planning documents.

Currently, we are advertising and distributing these maps on a per request basis. We plan to host a map library on our intranet to offer thumbnails and descriptions of available maps as well as links to print quality PDFs.

This 36” x 60” map, “Existing Public Recreational Lands in Alaska and Yukon Territory” is a one-of-a-kind for Alaska. No other map publication portrays the current public lands in Alaska on one map sheet. This is vital information for regional planning efforts underway in Alaska’s National Parks. In order to make this map, GIS data was collected from other State and Federal agencies in Alaska. International data was collected from the Web. All data was projected to a common projection before use. An annotation personal geodatabase was also created to facilitate map labeling, as well as allowing for use in future projects. All of the data has also been incorporated into the permanent data set for the Alaska region.
April 08, 2004