Local Government Guide to the Internet
Chapter 9: Land
Local Government 
Guide to the Internet
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State Directories
Land Use and Land Cover
Federal Lands
Land Suitable for Development
Planning and Zoning
Open Spece and Farmland
Listservs

State Directories
State and Local Government on the Net, Piper Resources
www.piperinfo.com/state

State Departments of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, State Search, National Association of State Information Resource Executives
www.nasire.org/stateSearch/displayCategory.cfm?Category=environment

State Offices, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
www.nrcs.usda.gov/NRCstate.html

State Statistical Offices, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Links to state agricultural statistics offices.
www.usda.gov/nass/sso-rpts.htm

USDA Office Information Locator, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Click on the national map to locate your stateís Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or Rural Development agencies.
offices.usda.gov/scripts/ndISAPI.dll/oip_public/USA_map

Land Use and Land Cover
American Factfinder, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce
Use the mapping tool to create population density maps of your area.
factfinder.census.gov

Density Using Land Area for States, Counties, Metropolitan Areas, and Places, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Population density data.
www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/density.html

EROS Data Center, U.S. Geological Survey
Good starting point for learning about and obtaining satellite imagery. Center has archived, managed, and distributed land remote sensing data for more than 25 years.
edcimswww.cr.usgs.gov/pub/imswelcome

GAP Analysis Program, U.S. Geological Survey
Will include land cover maps for most states by the end of 2000.
www.gap.uidaho.edu/gap

GAP Project Status, U.S. Geological Survey
Status of state GAP projects, and a link to each stateís GAP website.
www2.gap.uidaho.edu/Projects/States

Global Land Information System, U.S. Geological Survey
Source of satellite imagery data.
edc.usgs.gov/webglis

High Quality Farmland in the Path of Development, American Farmland Trust
National map showing prime farmland with a significant likelihood of being developed. Based on NRI data.
www.farmlandinfo.org/cae/foe2

King County Annual Growth Report and Benchmark Report, Office of Regional Policy and Planning, King County, Washington
Both reports include several land use indicators, and the Benchmark Report includes a satellite image used to measure changes in rural/urban land use.
www.metrokc.gov/exec/orpp/agr

National Atlas of the United States, U.S. Geological Survey
Interactive mapping tool with county-level maps of land use, land cover diversity, and many other characteristics.
www.nationalatlas.gov

National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive, U.S. Geological Survey
Source of satellite imagery data.
edc.usgs.gov/programs/NSLRSDA.html

National Resources Inventory, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Maps, graphs, and tools from a statistical sample survey of the nationís 1.5 billion acres of nonfederal lands. Some states are making county-level data available.
www.ftw.nrcs.usda.gov/nri_data.html

Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Produces the State of the Land reports, www.nhq.nrcs.usda.gov/land/home.html, about land use on nonfederal lands. Program areas include conservation technical assistance, the conservation reserve program, farmland protection, and others.
www.nrcs.usda.gov

Online Hazards Maps, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Environmental Systems Research Institute
Floodplain maps. Click on online hazard maps, fill in the name of your community, and see the location of 100- and 200-year flood plains.
www.esri.com/hazards

University Geography Departments, American Association of Geographers
Contact a university geography department in your state for help with remote sensing or analysis of satellite imagery.
www.aag.org

Urban and Rural Definitions and Selected Data, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Census definitions of the terms urban and rural. State-level data for 1900 to 1990.
www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/ur-def.html
 

Federal Lands
Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
Maps of Indian lands.
www.doi.gov/bureau-indian-affairs.html

Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior
ìPublic Reward from Public Landsî shows revenue from BLM lands and details how much is shared with states.
www.blm.gov

BLM Surface Ownership Map, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior
Maps of federal lands in western states.
www.blm.gov/gis/surfownr/surf.html

Land Areas of the National Forest System, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
County-level data on amount of land in the National Forest System and state-level data on specially designated areas including National Wilderness, National Scenic Areas, and National Recreation Areas.
www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/lar

National Park Service
Information about public lands managed by the National Park Service.
www.nps.gov

Public Land Statistics 1999, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior
Federally-owned land by state, and other information related to public lands.
www.blm.gov/natacq/pls99/Pls99home.html

Statistical Abstract on the Web, U.S. Department of the Interior
Public lands statistics from Department of the Interior agencies.
www.doi.gov/nrl/StatAbst/ StatHome.html

Tennessee Valley Authority
Information on public lands managed by the TVA.
www.tva.gov

U.S. Department of Defense
Information about public lands managed by the Department of Defense.
www.defenselink.mil

U.S. Department of the Interior
Access the following bureaus from the Department of Interior website: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Bureau of Reclamation
www.doi.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
State-level acreage of National Wildlife Refuges, Waterfowl Production Areas, and associated wilderness areas. Also, payments to individual counties for acreage withdrawn from the public domain.
www.fws.gov

U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Maps, statistics, and information about public lands managed by the Forest Service.
www.fs.fed.us

Land Suitable for Development
Geological Hazards, U.S. Geological Survey
Maps and information about geological hazards such as landslides and earthquakes.
geohazards.cr.usgs.gov

National Mapping Information, U.S. Geological Survey
Topographical maps, GIS mapping data, and other mapping products showing topography.
mapping.usgs.gov

National Wetlands Inventory, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Information about the characteristics, extent, and status of the nationís wetlands and deepwater habitats.
www.nwi.fws.gov

Online Hazards Maps, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Environmental Systems Research Institute
Online mapping tool that lets you create maps showing floodplains and hazards such as earthquakes, tornadoes, windstorms, and more.
www.esri.com/hazards

Regional Wetlands Coordinators, National Wetlands Inventory, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Contact your nearest coordinator if you need help using information from the National Wetlands Inventory.
www.nwi.fws.gov/NWI_RegCoord.htm

Wetlands Interactive Mapper, National Wetlands Inventory, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Online mapping tool that lets even novice mapmakers create local maps of wetlands.
www.nwi.fws.gov/wetlands_interactive_mapper_tool.htm

Planning and Zoning
American Planning Association
Professional organization offering planning information and assistance. Growing Smart guidebook helps decision-makers update land use laws to better fit current uses.
www.planning.org

Center for Livable Communities
Information on land use and transportation planning for local governments and community leaders. Focus on livable and resource-efficient land use patterns.
www.lgc.org/clc

Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development, U.S. Department of Energy
Information on land use planning and sustainable development. Includes case studies, model codes, and ordinances.
www.sustainable.doe.gov

Cyburbia: The Planning and Architecture Internet Resource Center
Comprehensive directory of Internet resources related to planning, architecture, and the built environment.
www.ap.buffalo.edu/pairc

Land-Based Classification Standards, American Planning Association
An update of the 1965 Standard Land Use Coding Manual, which provides a consistent model for classifying land uses.
www.planning.org/lbcs

Planners Web, Planning Commissioners Journal
Planning journal designed for members of local planning commissions and zoning boards. Provides city and regional planning resources.
www.plannersweb.com

Planning Advisory Service, American Planning Association
Subscription service provides a one-stop source for planning information of many types.
www.planning.org/pas/pas.html

Smart Growth Network
Information about how to apply smart growth practices locally. Databases include case studies, ballot initiatives, and smart growth in the news.
www.smartgrowth.org

State Incentive-Based Growth Management Laws, The Trust for Public Lands and the National Conference of State Legislatures
Recent laws and proposed legislation related to managing growth and preserving open spaces, by state.
www.ncsl.org/programs/esnr/growthdata.htm

Urban Land Institute
Provides information about implementing smart growth strategies and revitalizing urban areas, as well as a Smart Growth Toolkit. Also, provides fee-based technical expertise to cities, private developers, and other organizations to solve difficult land use, development, and redevelopment problems.
www.uli.org

Open Space and Farmland
Agricultural Atlas of the U.S., U.S. Department of Agriculture
National maps showing how counties compare on number and size of farms, acreage in farmland, agricultural production, and much more.
www.nass.usda.gov/census

Census of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics System, U.S. Department of Agriculture
County-level data on number of farms, amount of acreage in farms, and number of farms by size. Both maps and tables are available.
www.nass.usda.gov/census

Farmland Information Library, American Farmland Trust
Multiple resources related to literature, law, research tools, small farm resources, the farm bill, and technical assistance.
farm.fic.niu.edu/fic/home.html

Land Trust Alliance
Links to land trusts in most states. General information on preserving open spaces.
www.lta.org

Land Works, American Farmland Trust
Advice for local government officials, planners, and others on how to save farmland, conserve natural resources, and manage growth. Includes updates of current developments in private land protection issues.
www.farmland.org/landworks.html

The Nature Conservancy
Information about state and regional programs, conservation easements, and protection of species and habitat.
www.tnc.org

Report of Recommendations to the Gallatin County Planning Board from the Gallatin County Open Space Task Force, Planning Department, Gallatin County, Montana
One countyís review of open space, and tools for developing a master plan.
www.co.gallatin.mt.us/Department_office/planning/openspace

Small Is Fruitful: A hands-on approach to farmland preservation, Planning Practice, American Planning Association
Examples of community farmland preservation.
www.planning.org/pubs/june99.htm

State Incentive-Based Growth Management Laws, The Trust for Public Lands and the National Conference of State Legislatures
Recent laws and proposed legislation related to managing growth and preserving open spaces, by state.
www.ncsl.org/programs/esnr/growthdata.htm

The Trust for Public Lands
State funding profiles and ways of funding preservation of open space. Also, general information about preserving open spaces.
www.igc.org/tpl

U.S. State Fact Sheets, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
State-level farmland use statistics.
www.ers.usda.gov/epubs/other/usfact

Miscellaneous
National Spatial Data Infrastructure Project, U.S. Geological Survey
Coordinated by an interagency committee to encourage local use of geographic data. Includes information on the Gallatin County example used in this chapter and other demonstration projects.
www.fgdc.gov/nsdi/nsdi.html

Gallatin County Planning Department
www.co.gallatin.mt.us/Department_office/planning

Listservs
Cyburbia Cafe
Topic Covered: Lists related to planning, zoning, and land use.
To subscribe, visit: cyburbia.ap.buffalo.edu/pairc/cyburbia_cafe.html

EMERGENCY-MANAGEMENT
Topic Covered: For state and local government Emergency Management coordinators. Topics include program management, FEMA, planning, preparedness, response, and recovery.
To subscribe, send e-mail to: listserv@LISTSERV.AOL.COM
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E-mail body message: SUBSCRIBE EMERGENCY-MANAGEMENT Firstname Lastname

Smart Growth News
Topic Covered: Newsletter about smart growth, development, land use, and more.
To subscribe, visit: www.uli.org

udepnet
Topic Covered: Urban development and environmental services.
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