DNR Managed Lands web mapping application
The DNR Managed Lands mapping application is a map-based system that allows you to locate and obtain information on state managed properties.
This web mapping application is powered by Geocortex Essentials middleware and provides a robust intuitive platform to display geometry, perform spatial analysis and create custom maps. Microsoft Silverlight plug-in must be loaded on the computer for Geocortex Essentials to open. Get the free download.
Home – Provides description of the mapping application and a link for feedback and questions regarding the display and content of the application.
Map Layers – List of data layers available to the user within the mapping application. User can toggle between a list of all layers or the symbology legend of layers displayed at the current scale.
Show Layers – Lists all data layers available to the user in the web map appication. Layers can be checked on or off to display in the map. Layer symbology transparency can be altered to display underlying layers. Displays scale at which layer is active.
Show Legend – Displays symbology of features displayed at the current scale.
Map Theme – Lists "themes" available to user. Themes have pre-defined visible layers designed to display maps with specific focus.
Global Search – Keyword search for select features within the mapping application.
I want to… – Short cuts to popular tools such as print maps, draw on maps and measure distance.
Map Inset – Located in the lower right hand corner of the map display, selection of this icon will open the reference map inset.
Map Tools – Mapping functions organized by tabs to provide display options, map analysis and feature search capabilities within the mappng application.
- Basic Map – Basic map navigation tools of zoom-in & -out, pan, map scale and tool help.
- Search Map – Identify map features either by feature selection or Find Location tool.
- Analyze Map – Measure distance or area, enter or plot coordinates.
- Customize Map – Add custom graphics and text, shapefile to map; save map to export or print Save Project/Open Project –Save a customized map as a amp project file to share with others.
Save Project/Open Project – Save a customized map that can be shared with others.
Frequently asked questions
- Why can't I see the property the state recently bought?
Answer: The property has not been entered into our GIS spatial database. We try to enter them into the layer as fast as possible.
- Why is the map not available?
Answer: The web map server might be down temporarily. Please try again in a few minutes. If it still isn't available, contact us.
- How can I see air photos/topographic information - or how do I use them?
Answer: Click on the Map Layers or Show Layers buttons. Scroll to bottom of list and select 2008 NAIP Aerial Photo. If the text is grayed-out, click the text and select "Zoom to Visible Scale" to see this layer. Aerial photos are designed to display between 1:200 and 1:24,000 scale.
- Are Managed Forest Lands (MFL) available on this map?
Answer: No, private forest lands open to public recreation through Managed Forest Law and Forest Crop Law programs are not available on this map. See Private Forest Lands Open to Public Recreation Web mapping application.
- Are private lands (plat books) available on this map?
Answer: No, they are not available on this map, this web map contains those lands that for the most part are open to the public. For more information, see Platbooks and Land Ownership Maps or your county office.
- How do I see additional detail?
Answer: You can zoom in or out by using the scroll wheel on your mouse. Users can also press the "Zoom In" or "Zoom Out" buttons on the left side of the map, then single click using your left mouse button, or draw a box around your desired destination using the Ctrl key and your left mouse button. You can also zoom in or out pressing the + or - keys on the zoom slider on the left side of the map.
- How do I find out detailed information for a specific site?
Answer: After you've zoomed into your specific site, click on "Point Identify" button above the map. Then click on the site. A name should appear in the column on the left side of the map. Click on the name, and a pop-up box with specific information will appear.
- I see coordinate positions reported on the map system, can I use these with my GPS?
Answer: The accuracy of these lat/long, utm, or wtm coordinates is unknown. While we have generally found it to be quite good, we do not consider it to be an appropriate tool for, say, collecting lat/long coordinates and incorporating them into a database. These coordinates are generated "on-the-fly" by the application. You must be aware of how your GPS collects, stores and displays data.
The State of Wisconsin has a variety of outstanding natural resources, such as rushing trout streams, quiet wetlands, pristine wild rivers, clear lakes, native prairies, vast green forests, Ice Age eskers and picturesque waterfalls. Wisconsin's increasing population, together with out-of-state visitors, is placing increased pressure and demands on these resources. Each year, thousands of people boat, camp, fish, hunt, hike, bike, ski, canoe, sight-see, study nature and pursue other outdoor activities. Our public lands are places where we can get away from daily routines and enjoy the natural beauty Wisconsin has to offer.
Over the years, Wisconsin citizens have recognized the need to protect Wisconsin's natural resources and have provided the DNR with the ability and funding to purchase land. DNR's first purchase was made in 1876 and, since then, the DNR's land acquisition program has become an important tool to protect natural resources and provide outdoor recreational opportunities for the public.
The DNR purchases land to manage and protect natural resources and to provide recreational opportunities to all the people of the state. Through the land acquisition program, wetlands, forests, scenic areas, prairies, savannas, wildlife and fish habitat, rare species habitat, glacial features and other resources are being protected and managed.
The Department of Natural Resource manages lands through ownership, easement or lease rights. The map data should not be interpreted as representing legal property boundaries. State lands depicted are generally open to the public. Public use restrictions may apply due to public safety, or to protect endangered or threatened species or unique natural features. Lands may be temporarily closed due to specific management activities. Contact DNR customer service for more information.
Neither the State of Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources, nor any of its employees shall be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information described and/or contained herein and they assume no responsibility for anyone's use of the information.
It is responsible for implementing the laws of the state and, where applicable, the laws of the federal government that protect and enhance the natural resources of our state.