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The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act Is now 50 years old. This is one of our most requested maps and we have already made good progress towards providing a comprehensive presentation of the Wild & Scenic Rivers System.
The Wild Scenic and Recreational Rivers Map represents an important step forward in mapping for Land Matters. Land Matters planned their data structure from the beginning to allow the document Library and the interactive Maps to be used as a single resource. You can access maps from library documents and library documents from the maps. This feature will be fully implemented with the Wild and Scenic Rivers map layer.
Links to Legal Authorities. When you click on a "Download Public Act" link in the "Result" window you will be taken to the Land Matters Library page with the actual law that was passed to create the River segment. If you have the time please read through the Public Law to make sure the River designation matches what you see on the map. We've already corrected several errors we found in the government supplied mapping data but we may have missed some errors. Please let us know if you find a discrepancy and we will fix the map display to match the law.
Links to Management Plans. Although not yet implemented, our goal is to provide access to important documents regarding the management of Wild and Scenic and Recreational Rivers through our mapping interface. Many of the documents already reside in the Library and can be accessed through our regular library search functions.
Buffer Layers. The several "Buffer" map layers on this map are a rough approximation of a quarter mile zone around each river segment. In particular the "Wild" segments of these rivers have a legal requirement that one quarter mile from each river bank is excluded from location and development. Other segments that are not designated as "Wild" often have the same setback for administrative management. Some river segments have additional administrative areas set aside as well, although these other administrative areas are not currently shown on this project map it is Land Matters goal to eventually discover and incorporate these areas in the map display.
We need volunteers to check the accuracy and completeness of the mapping. Let us know how the rivers show up on your chosen basemap. Try some of the document links and see if they provide the information you need from a Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers map. We have intentionally allowed you to display and use each component of the map display and query functions so you can view the map information in several different ways. Your feedback will help us decide which of those components will be presented on the final map.
National Parks - This map project is nearly ready for inclusion on the maps ready for review on this page. If you would like to see this map have priority in our New Projects list please contact us and let us know your thoughts and needs.
Land Patents Map - This is a huge ongoing map project at Land Matters. Land Matters is capable of displaying and linking to the patent and survey for virtually all of the six million plus land patents granted in the United States. As you can imagine this is a very ambitious project that is going to take many hours to complete. At Land Matters we feel this is one of the most significant map projects we have undertaken. The vast majority of the private land in the United States was created by means of these public land grants. If you would like to see this map have priority in our New Projects list please contact us and let us know your thoughts and needs.
National Forest Ownership Map - This map will display the actual ownership of Weeks law Forests as well as the actual extents of proclaimed National Forests. The National Forests map layer now being displayed in the "Land Manager" map layer displayed on many Land Matters maps is sometimes inaccurate and out of date. This is a very large project that has many hours of work already invested. It's an important map that is not currently available from any source. If you would like to see this map have priority in our New Projects list please contact us and let us know your thoughts and needs.
National Forest Subsurface Ownership Map - This map will display private subsurface mineral ownership within the National Forests. A surprising amount of Forest minerals are privately owned. If you would like to see this map have priority in our New Projects list please contact us and let us know your thoughts and needs.
Wilderness Map - This is another large and ambitious map project being developed at Land Matters. The goal is to create a Wilderness map that has links to the actual Congressional Acts that created these wilderness areas and to display proposed wilderness areas. At present wilderness area mapping provided by the government is only roughly accurate and due to the many agencies involved the location quality and information is scattered and disjointed. This map may require a lot of volunteer time to gater the materials needed to create a cohesive and accurate wilderness map. If you would like to see this map have priority in our New Projects list please contact us and let us know your thoughts and needs.