Kansas Natural Resource Planner (NRP) receives major update

Published on December 11, 2013 by Mike Houts

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Kansas Natural Resource Planner update, 2013

Kansas Natural Resource Planner update, 2013

The Kansas Biological Survey and Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program are pleased to announce the release of a new and updated version of the Kansas Natural Resource Planner (NRP). The online mapping application combines relevant natural resource data and infrastructure data together in an online mapping environment to help users make informed decisions. The new NRP is the result of a collaborative effort between KBS and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to provide an interactive mapping website that can be used to assist in the planning of energy and conservation projects so that Kansas can benefit from development of its resources while protecting sensitive wildlife and wildlife habitat. The site features over 40 data layers grouped into 11 data themes that include Energy Resources, Terrestrial Habitat, Aquatic Habitat, Lakes and Reservoirs, and Wetland and Riparian Areas. In addition to these layers, there is also a data theme representing the Kansas data that went into the Western Governors’ Association Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (WGA CHAT), released December 12, 2013. The stacking order of each data theme can be changed to adjust how data overlaps, and the transparency can be adjusted so users can “see through” to layers below. As before, all data is thoroughly documented and many of the data sets are available for download via the KBS data portal. Web mapping application: naturalresourceplanner