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Desktop Mapping Information for Resource Managers

RTI would like to recognize and thank Paul Pingrey for allowing us to use the content of his website( Digital Grove). Most of the images and content found in the links below stem directly from Digital Grove. Some changes have been made to fit information within our web design, and at times to relate it to the Northwest region of the US. The information from the Digital Grove website is now being managed out of New Brunswick, Canada at the ForestPal website.

If you are looking for a quick start to making maps with your Windows PC, this is for you. Explore cartography for land management with free data and software on the Internet.

Basic Map Data
Find and explore information used to make digital maps.
Mapping Toolbox
Creative programs to view and adjust cartographic data and to make maps.
GIS Overview If you routinely use maps and databases for decision making, however, you might want to buy commercial Geographic Information System (GIS) software.
2D Maps
Make simple map drawings or complex, georeferenced maps with multiple layers.
3D Maps
Create three dimensional maps from 2D data.
Quickly locate Internet sites offering free aerial photos, data for maps, software and other resources.
Discovering GPS
Curious about GPS? Learn how GPS can locate points and tracks to enhance digital maps.

This page, based from Paul Pingrey's Digital Grove (, offers simple, practical information about digital cartography. The only required investment for the tools and techniques offered above is curiosity and a little time. They might be all you need to create the maps you want or serve as an introduction to more serious study.

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