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November 9, 2007

Contact: Leslie Cone
303-236-0815

BLM Enhances Features and Look of GeoCommunicator Website 

The Bureau of Land Management recently released a new version of its National Integrated Land System’s (NILS) GeoCommunicator Website, which is accessible at www.geocommunicator.gov. In addition to many new and exciting enhancements such as those listed below, the Website also has a fresh new look and feel to it – similar to the BLM’s other newly redesigned Websites. "Based on customer feedback, the Bureau has given its popular NILS GeoCommunicator Website a bold new look," said Michael D. (Mike) Nedd, the BLM’s Assistant Director for Minerals, Realty, and Resource Protection. "Through this redesign, the Website is now easier for navigating and finding the information that is most important to our users. The Website has also added many new features in response to the President’s Energy Policy Act of 2005, helping to ensure an even greater online experience for our users."

GeoCommunicator is the NILS publication Website that provides interactive mapping of data for Federal surface management boundaries, the Public Land Survey System (PLSS), and other survey-based land descriptions, range allotments, land- and mineral-use authorizations, conveyances, classifications, withdrawals, and much more.

The Energy Map Viewer has been enhanced to include stipulations, which have been broken out into 16 categories on all energy and oil and gas map viewers. The Energy Map Viewer allows users to see most of the energy-related authorizations that the BLM issues, all in one map viewer. The latest release of GeoCommunicator also includes new features such as:

Site Mapper, which provides interactive mapping of abandoned mines from many agencies, and also shows BLM facilities (recreation sites, campgrounds, buildings, and administrative sites).

The Healthy Lands Map Viewer provides interactive mapping of range allotments, watersheds, and BLM facilities. This map viewer supports the BLM’s Healthy Lands Initiative and lays the groundwork for the BLM to provide more resource layers on the Website.

New alternate source Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data for much of the Central and Eastern United States has been added to the Website. The PLSS data is downloadable and will allow the BLM to show more case parcels in the future.

For more information on the National Integrated Land System’s GeoCommunicator, please contact:

Leslie Cone
BLM Deputy, National Applications
P.O. Box 25047 - Denver, CO 80225
(303) 236-0815
E-mail: leslie_cone@blm.gov

The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land – 258 million surface acres – than any other Federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on the public lands.


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