For a class assignment, I created a Google Earth map of Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge.
The actual file I submitted for grading is hosted online on my Google Site:
<https://sites.google.com/site/mountainsol/Home/SPNWR-SW.kml>. (Really I should have uploaded it as a a KMZ). There is more detail in the Google Earth File, but unfortunately, WordPress does not allow an embedded KML viewer, found at <http://dl.google.com/developers/maps/embedkmlgadget.xml> and discussed in detail by Google Earth Outreach.
However, it’s possible to embed a Google map on my Wordpress open notebook / portfolio.
For an interactive map on this site, allow an embedded map from “My Maps” on Google Maps Engine Lite (albeit with the limitation of 4 KML layers).
I really should include metadata, however for a short run down, I used the critical habitat boundary from the National Marine Fisheries Service to clip the GIS data for the Fish and Wildlife Service boundaries dataset (someone at FWS was lazy and just digitized a polygon around the water – the FWS is responsible for nesting habitat management to the waterline; NOAA/NMFS is responsible for the breeding habitat designated by the critical habitat designation). I also added the official FWS roads shapefile, because Google has incorrect information. In essence, all this data is official data, but the SPWNR boundary modified by me as described. It should go without saying this is for educational purposes only, and official GIS data should be sought from the source (FWS, NMFS).
IS 553 Assignment 6 is an “state of the art” comparison of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s use of Web 2.0 technologies, contrasted with the U.S. National Park Service’s implementation. Discusses Fish and Wildlife Service’s use of collaborative “Landscape Conservation Cooperatives,” online mapping technologies, inter-agency data distribution collaborations, and future directions including social media engagement and training opportunities, along with major challenges.