The Ottawa National Forest is located in the north central part of Wisconsin.
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Geospatial Data

Geospatial Services

Land management within the US Forest Service and on the 1,000,000+ acre Ottawa National Forest (NF) is driven by a wide mix of resource and societal demands that prove a challenge in fulfilling the Forest Service’s mission of “Caring for the Land and Serving the People.” Programmatically, the 2006 Land and Resource Management Plan guide natural resource management activities on lands administered by the Ottawa National Forest.

The Forest Plan describes management direction and practices, resource protection methods and monitoring, desired resource conditions, and the availability and suitability of lands for resource management. Technology enables staff to address these land management issues and Forest Plan direction by using a science-based approach to facilitate effective decisions. Ottawa NF geospatial services, using enabling-technologies, incorporate key tools such as Environmental Systems Research Institute’s ArcGIS desktop suite and Trimble’s global positioning system (GPS) units to meet program and Forest needs.

 

Geospatial Datasets

The Forest has a broad set of geospatial datasets that capture geographic features across the Western Upper Pensula of Michigans landscape. Many of these datasets are available to the public through our download site.

To access the Online tool for selecting and downloading FS spatial data from the EDW please click here

Data disclaimer – The USDA Forest Service makes no warranty, expressed or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, reliability, completeness or utility of these geospatial data, or for the improper or incorrect use of these geospatial data. These geospatial data and related maps or graphics are not legal documents and are not intended to be used as such. The data and maps may not be used to determine title, ownership, legal descriptions or boundaries, legal jurisdiction, or restrictions that may be in place on either public or private land. Natural hazards may or may not be depicted on the data and maps, and land users should exercise due caution. The data are dynamic and may change over time. The user is responsible to verify the limitations of the geospatial data and to use the data accordingly.

Selected GIS datasets that encompass the Ottawa National Forest are available for download by scrolling to the GIS datasets table below. A link to the FGDC compliant metadata is provided for each dataset. All zipped shapefiles, layer packages, and keyhole markup language files are in the following projection:

Universal Transverse Mercator
Zone: 16
Units: Meters
Datum: NAD 1983
Spheroid: GRS 1980

 

Instructions for downloading and viewing shapefile or layer package data:

  • Click on the .zip or .lpk file and save the files to the desired location on your hard drive.
  • To view the GIS shapefiles or layer package, download the freeware ArcExplorer from http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer Instructions for using ArcExplorer can be found at their site.

 

Instructions for downloading and viewing Google Earth kml files:

  • Click on the .kmz file, save the file to the desired location on your hard drive.  2. To view Google Earth kmz files, download the freeware Google Earth from http://earth.google.com/intl/en/download-earth.html.  Instructions for using Google Earth can be found at their site. 

 

Instructions for downloading and using .img files for Garmin GPS units:

  • Click on the .img file, save the file to the desired location on your hard drive.
  • To upload .img files to your Garmin unit, you may download the free version of Mapwel from http://www.mapwel.net and click on “Download” at the top.  Further instructions can be found at their site.

 

  GIS Datasets for the Ottawa National Forest (ONF) 

Click Title to View Metadata

Dataset

Shapefiles (.zip) are zipped

Dataset Description

Land

Administrative Boundary

AdministrativeBoundary.kmz (21 KB)
AdministrativeBoundary.zip (38 KB)

Boundary encompassing the Ottawa National Forest (ONF).

Basic Ownership

BasicOwnership.zip (538 KB)

BasicOwnership.kmz (542 KB)

Shows ownership within the ONF Administrative Boundary. (ONF and Non-FS)

   

 

District Offices

DistrictOffices.kmz (2 KB)
DistrictOffices.zip (8 KB)

Point locations of all offices on the ONF.

PLSS Townships

Township.kmz (90 KB)
Township.zip (148 KB)

Townships within and immediately outside the ONF administrative boundary.

PLSS Sections

Section.kmz (572 KB)
Section.zip (859 KB)

Sections within and immediately outside the ONF administrative boundary.

Wilderness

Wilderness.kmz (24 KB)
Wilderness.zip (47 KB)

Parcels of Forest Service land congressionally designated as wilderness.

Base Map

Roads Roads2014.zip (5.45MB) National Forest System Roads for the ONF w/associated data. Dataset shows roads both open and closed to motorized traffic.
Trails TrailsAll2014.zip (3.79MB)  This layer contains all trails on the Ottawa NF both motorized and non-motorized. Please use a Motorized Vehicle Use Map to know where you can legally drive a motorized vehicle.

Non-Motorized Trails

NonMotorizedTrails_2014(1.12MB) This dataset shows hiking trails, portages, ski, bike and horse trails and any other non-motorized trail on the Ottawa NF.

MVUM Roads

RoadsMVUM2015.kmz (2.3MB)
RoadsMVUM2015.zip(5.54MB)

This dataset shows roads open to motorized vehicles on the Ottawa NF for 2015.

MVUM Trails

TrailsMVUM2015.kmz (2.58 MB)
TrailsMVUM2015.zip (4.05 MB)

This dataset shows trails open to motorized vehicles on the Ottawa NF for 2015.

Quadrangle Boundaries

QuadrangleBoundary.kmz (8 KB)
QuadrangleBoundary.zip (13 KB)

Boundary lines of the USGS 7.5 minute quadrangles covering the ONF.

Planning

Management Area

ManagementArea.kmz (1,029 KB)
ManagementArea.zip (1,743 KB)

Areas of the ONF having a unique emphasis, desired condition, list of suitable uses, and standards and guidelines.

Recreation

Recreation Sites

RecreationSite.kmz (21 KB)
RecreationSite.zip (21 KB)

Recreation areas, overlooks, trailheads, campgrounds, offices and other points of interest on the ONF.

Wilderness Campsites

WildernessCampsite.kmz (8 KB)
WildernessCampsite.zip (13 KB)

Campsites found within the wilderness areas on the ONF.

Waterfalls

Waterfall.kmz (3 KB)
Waterfall.zip (8 KB)

Waterfalls found within the ONF.

Wild and Scenic Rivers

WildScenicRiver.kmz (262 KB)
WildScenicRiver.zip (456 KB)

Designated study, recreational, wild, and scenic rivers found within the ONF.

Vegetation

Compartments

VegetationCompartment.kmz (3,375 KB)
VegetationCompartment.zip (6,042 KB)

Small subdivisions of forest land for purposes of orientation, administration and/or silvicultural operations.

Stands

VegetationStand2015.zip (33.8 MB)

Field sampled vegetation about trees, fuels, down woody material, surface cover and understory by stand on the ONF.

Key Contacts

Forest GIS Coordinator

Sam Adams
906-428-5851

Cartographic Technician

Gayle Sironen
906-884-2085

Lisa Brehm
906-932-1330

GIS Editor

Sandy Burns
906-358-4030