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    Default Alaska maps and arial photos for free

    Im sure most people know about this, but here it is


    http://www.gina.alaska.edu/data

    Great links for FREE. I think it has full topo maps and aerial photos, with WAY better resolution than google earth.


    Nothing beats boots on the ground scouting, but at least you can view clearings, power line roads (some goat trails) for hunting acess. I think it is a thousand times better than google earth.

    It may be nice to put it up as a stickey.... Easy acess for people that are curious about hunting (or want to do some recon on new areas)

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    didn't that that one, thanks
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    Good stuff! Much appreciated!
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    Spookum,
    I checked out the link you provided and found it lacked the detail Google Earth provides.
    I can zoom in on my cabin and see the roof and yard on Google Earth, however the data links listed barely show any detail and get fuzzy way before Google earth does.
    Am I missing something here? I tried all five applications on the page you linked to. If you could, please post in more detail as I would like something better than Google Earth as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    Spookum,
    I checked out the link you provided and found it lacked the detail Google Earth provides.
    I can zoom in on my cabin and see the roof and yard on Google Earth, however the data links listed barely show any detail and get fuzzy way before Google earth does.
    Am I missing something here? I tried all five applications on the page you linked to. If you could, please post in more detail as I would like something better than Google Earth as well.
    Thanks,
    BK

    I checked this link:
    http://browse.alaskamapped.org/#browse

    Some grids were more greyed out than others. I'd say 3/4 of Alaska had a lot of detail and very clear. I'd say better than Google Earth.

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    Google Earth doesnt provide the detail you get in some of the random interior spots. Your cabin might come in good, but not the areas i want to hunt. I wasnt able to get the topo maps very well on there.

    I use. http://mapper.acme.com/ for all my topo mapping, but good website for clear arial photos, and in perfect time to really grind down the plans for the moose hunt. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    Spookum,
    I checked out the link you provided and found it lacked the detail Google Earth provides.
    I can zoom in on my cabin and see the roof and yard on Google Earth, however the data links listed barely show any detail and get fuzzy way before Google earth does.
    Am I missing something here? I tried all five applications on the page you linked to. If you could, please post in more detail as I would like something better than Google Earth as well.
    Thanks,
    BK
    hi buddy!! After you click the posted link, i clicked on "alaska mapped" I think they only have 80% of the state in high resolution. One of my favorite hunting spots isn't high res, but that is cool, it must be remote enough no one cares! It isnt 100% gaurentee that you will get better resolution than google maps. Try clicking the download button for the area you are looking at. Maybe if you download it it will get better? also make sure you have your Java program updated go to http://java.com/en/download/index.jsp download and restart your computer??? Let me know how that works out! I will help how ever i can.

    I hope i didnt over state the resolution or jump the gun on the coment "better resolution than google maps" somone will find an exception to the rule i guess.

    It would also be cool to get the cordinates of where you hunt, and call the University of alaska fairbanks Geological Instatute, and buy the topo maps (i think they charge only 7 bucks i have bought them and they are GREAT. I wonder if we can email and get the best high res photos emailed to us? something to check out i guess.

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    Spookum,
    Thanks for the tutorial, appreciate your answer. I did download the Java program.
    My cabin is on the Deshka, so it's really not that remote.
    I'll check it again.
    Thanks,
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    The Mat-su burro just got an updated image in google maps a bit over a year ago (taken early last May I believe) that really upped the resolution and increased what is visible too because leaves weren't out.

    I can see my firewood pile in the driveway and the temporary trail I used to skid the logs because there was still some snow here, but not much. can even see the individual rafters on 2 ft centers in my sun room.

    Anyhow, if your cabin falls under that new imagery then Gina is not going to be any better, but for much of the state google doesn't have great resolution.

    Also I like Gina because you can pull up multiple photos of the same area if you play with parts of the menus.

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    Here is a good resource to get better imagery into google earth. It has limited coverage but is better in many cases.
    http://www.alaskamapped.org/data/goo...rth-kml-files/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookum View Post
    Im sure most people know about this, but here it is


    http://www.gina.alaska.edu/data

    Great links for FREE. I think it has full topo maps and aerial photos, with WAY better resolution than google earth.


    Nothing beats boots on the ground scouting, but at least you can view clearings, power line roads (some goat trails) for hunting acess. I think it is a thousand times better than google earth.

    It may be nice to put it up as a stickey.... Easy acess for people that are curious about hunting (or want to do some recon on new areas)
    Much thanks for a great link

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    You'll notice on Google earth that there is pretty good resolution (10m) in urban areas but not so much out in the bushes (30m at best). I've been meaning to post another tutorial about moving data from Google Earth to your GPS, but like so many other things... well, you know what they say about good intentions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkinnyD View Post
    You'll notice on Google earth that there is pretty good resolution (10m) in urban areas but not so much out in the bushes (30m at best). I've been meaning to post another tutorial about moving data from Google Earth to your GPS, but like so many other things... well, you know what they say about good intentions.

    That would be cool, and thanks to other folks for posting up other maps i had no idea existed. Do you you a particular program? Even links to where you learned that would be awsome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookum View Post
    That would be cool, and thanks to other folks for posting up other maps i had no idea existed. Do you use a particular program? Even links to where you learned that would be awsome
    I'd say I mostly learned through the course of getting two degrees in geography, but there are plenty of methods for utilizing spatial data that take no specialized training. One in particular is DNR Garmin (now called DNR GPS). This free download from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources basically serves as a file converter for your GPS/GIS data. Say you've drawn up some waypoints on Google Earth and you've saved them in KML format - with DNR GPS, you can convert those data to a format that is compatible with your handheld GPS and save them as waypoints or tracks on the device. There are a few threads floating around with some of this information.... but I've been meaning to make an actual tutorial rather than floating a few concepts and leaving it at that.

    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...-GPS?highlight=
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...yone?highlight=
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...w-To?highlight=

    Do you think there would be a demand for an actual workshop in a person-to-person setting? All it would take is a Windows computer, an internet connection, and a little time and I could have you mapping in no time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkinnyD View Post
    One in particular is DNR Garmin (now called DNR GPS). This free download from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources basically serves as a file converter for your GPS/GIS data. Say you've drawn up some waypoints on Google Earth and you've saved them in KML format - with DNR GPS, you can convert those data to a format that is compatible with your handheld GPS and save them as waypoints or tracks on the device.
    For those Garmin users that don't know, the latest version of Basecamp (the free Garmin software) allows you to directly import kmz/kml files. Saves that DNR GPS step. And of the flip side, Google Earth now gives you the option of importing .gpx files, so you no longer need DNR going that direction either.

    If you don't have this software, you should.

    http://www.garmin.com/us/products/onthetrail/basecamp

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkinnyD View Post
    Do you think there would be a demand for an actual workshop in a person-to-person setting? All it would take is a Windows computer, an internet connection, and a little time and I could have you mapping in no time.
    Yah skinny, i notced your in "20 B" . Im a UAF student (older kind, 29 years old lol). I could ask around here at UAF (there is actualy an "out doors department". That stuff would be way cool if you would have the time for it (after moose season would be best i imagine)

    A class would be KICK BUTT. Just walk a few people through using the GPS, make a short map, upload it and go and use it.

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    Stop by and talk to Dr. Dave Verbyla if you get a chance. He's a Natural Resources/Geography guy in O'Neill... and a duck hunter. He'll be happy to direct you toward a good class if you want formal training.

    Shoot me a message sometime when you have a chance and maybe we can work out a time to meet up and talk GPS stuff. There are a couple of others around who are wanting to get in on the fun too. However, as Yellowknife so astutely pointed out earlier, Garmin users can just plug their units into the computer and figure out the rest fairly quickly.
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    Another good free site if you're a bit more advanced and can use a GIS program is the Alaska Geospatial Data Clearinghouse here:

    http://dnr.alaska.gov/SpatialUtility...md&layerid=452

    There you can get park boundaries, game unit boundaries, road mile markers, and lots of other good stuff if you know how to work with the data.

    Someone already mentioned the SDMI's Alaska Mapped website, but here's something really useful on there: you can load some of their maps (including USGS topo maps and aerial photos that are sometimes better than Google Earth) into Google Earth for easy browsing. That's here:

    http://www.alaskamapped.org/data/goo...rth-kml-files/

    There's an example of that (SDMI topos in Google Earth) in the bottom picture of my Google Earth map of the 5-mile haul road corridor boundary on http://www.daltoncorridormap.com.
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    http://www.daltoncorridormap.com -- Exact 5-mile Haul Road corridor boundary for GPS & Google Earth

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    metadata!!!
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    I would love to take some sort of mapping class!! I really want to learn but have no idea where to begin.

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