Viewing Easements on the Map
Sharing the locations and accompanying information about conservation easements is a primary purpose of the NCED portal. Users are provided with a number of tools to locate easements, including an interactive map. The NCED Portal uses Google Maps to locate and display easement locations geographically. A series of map base layers and overlays are available to portal users, allowing them to view easements in relation to various map attributes. Base layers include satellite imagery, topography maps, and landcover; overlays include the Protected Areas Database – CBI version; priorities identified as important for wildlife and habitat in the state wildlife action plans; The Nature Conservancy’s ecoregional assessment priorities; other conservation and restoration projects; watersheds (4th field); ecoregions; and Congressional districts.
Portal users can access the “View NCED map” feature from left hand side navigation tools available on each page and browse easements via the map interface. Easements are indicated in purple on the map. Portal users can zoom into an area and click on an easement location - a green balloon will become available when a user is at the appropriate zoom level - to generate a pop-up window that contains a brief description of the easement and a link to the easement’s detail page. A user can turn on and off the map layers and overlays to view the easement in the context of the various map options, close the pop-up box and continue to browse the other easements, or click through to the easement detail page to learn more about the easement.