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Started by jbensman, November 15, 2010, 11:11:15 AM

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Here is the link to now use to get their data:

Instead of using the reference search, I was using the geospatial and it was a royal pain.  The reference search works and is pretty easy.

Here is my communication with the NPS

Jim -

Peter Budde asked me to respond to your questions about NRInfo.  The legacy Data Store system has been retired, and the NRInfo portal has replaced it and other legacy systems as a single mechanism for searching for any kind of NPS natural resource data.

There are several ways to search for data through this interface.  One is the Geospatial tab which allows you to search for geospatial data within a user-defined geographic area.  Search results are limited to 200.  The other is to search through the Reference tab, which has a record limit of 2000.  The Reference search is more like the legacy Data Store search interface.

I would suggest trying the Reference tab searches.  The default Quick search allows you to select types of references you are interested in (such as geospatial datasets), supply search text and also to limit to park(s) by dragging the park unit name(s) to the right column.  If the Quick search isn't refined enough, you can choose the Advanced search type and qualify your search further, including either a geographic bounding box or park unit selection.

I'm not sure what you mean by  "While the zoom to park zooms in, many times the map does not show the Park."  If you could give me an example of a park unit, I can track this down to make sure this isn't a bug.

I hope this helps.  If you still experience difficulties, I would be happy to assist you by phone with specific searches.


Mara Kali, GIS Specialist
National Park Service
Natural Resources Program Center
1201 Oakridge Dr, Suite 150
Fort Collins, CO  80525

phone:  970.267.2158
e-mail:  [email protected]

To: <[email protected]>
From: "Jim Bensman" <[email protected]>
Date: 11/12/2010 10:21AM
Subject: GIS Data

Is there a way to access the old interface for downloading GIS data?  This new interface is a royal pain.  While the zoom to park zooms in, many times the map does not show the Park.  The biggest problem is when you search to see what all is available for the park, almost always it only shows the first 200 records and does not provide a means to access the rest of them.
Almost every records that show up are 7.5 quads.  Is there a way to filter out the 7.5 quads so I can see what data there is for a park?

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!  Prior to this new interface, it was simple and easy to find the data for the various parks.  Now it is a royal pain.
Or is there an easy way to see what data a particular park has with the new system?

Jim Bensman
1802 Main Street
Alton, IL 62002-4724
(618) 463-0714