Interpretive Maps Illustrating History of Landscape Change in Minnesota
Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. $5,250,000 the first year and $5,250,000 the second year are for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional, or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources.
Digital files for maps were created showing 1.) land cover of Minnesota in 1850 (based on data collected by F.J. Marschner, in the 1930s, from the Public Land Survey of the 1850s); 2.) land cover of Minnesota today (based on the National Land Cover Database 2006 Land Cover); and 3.) projections of forest tree composition change in the forests of northern Minnesota (based on data from the US Forest Service).
A touchscreen interactive was designed to prototype the use of maps in an interactive format for museum visitors.
The targets of the grant were achieved. Digital files of maps illustrating landscape change from the past and projected landscape change of the future are now available for use with touchscreen technology.