Save the Redwoods League, US Geological Survey, Hewlett Foundation, Nonprofit Housing Assoc. of N.Calif., National Wildlife Federation, Trust for Public Land, The City Project, Resources Legacy Fund, LandPeople, SAGE, Calif. Conservancy, Bay Area Open Space Council, American Rivers, Western Rivers Conservancy, and a dozen others!
GreenInfo Network’s Newest Board Member
Dick Cameron is the Senior Conservation Planner for the Nature Conservancy in the California program. For the past 15 years, he has applied his background in ecological analysis to conservation challenges throughout the western United States and northern Mexico. In his current position at the Conservancy, he leads cross-disciplinary teams to set conservation priorities in California, while developing innovative approaches to address global conservation challenges, such as tracking progress toward the Conservancy’s conservation goals, and quantifying ecosystem services. Dick was a GIS Specialist here at GreenInfo from 2001-03. We’re thrilled to have him on our board!
Thanks to so many of you who participated in the MapLines Reader Survey! We got a lot of good feedback (more in next issue) and appreciate your time taking the survey. We’ve chosen a winner of the iPod Nano drawing – congratulations to David Fisher!
We’ve started off the year with some updates to projects shown on our main GreenInfo web site, and on our MapsPortal site where interactive solution examples are found – check out these new images, and enjoy this issue of MapLines!
California State Parks Community Fact Finder – Round 2
We recently updated the California State Parks Community Fact Finder website. GreenInfo built this interactive website that is used by grant applicants to determine their required demographic and park acreage statistics (derived from GreenInfo’s CPAD data) for any defined project location. Applicants for grants from $368,000,000 in Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization bond funds (Prop. 84, 2008) must first qualify using the statistics in FactFinder, then submit a report generated by the website in their application. The program is intended to spur the creation of new parks in park deficient, economically disadvantaged communities. In the first round, over 475 applications were received and $184 million awarded to 62 grantees.
CPAD 1.6 release, MapCollaborator and CPAD e-Newsletter
We are excited to announce the release of California Protected Areas Database (CPAD) 1.6 - you can download it at www.calands.org. Released concurrently is MapCollaborator, our new mapping wiki which available here http://bit.ly/hjbEwg. As we mentioned in January’s issue, Mapcollaborator is a great new web interface for crowdsourcing data review and improvement. Check it out and start providing your edits and input today!
And, we now have a CPAD e-newsletter! If you would like to receive quarterly updates about CPAD, go to www.calands.org and click on the “Sign up for Updates” button on the right.
ESRI Food Desert Mapping
Team ESRI, publisher of ArcGIS software, has rolled out “The Food Desert Finder” a terrific interactive map which shows where there are gaps in access to supermarkets. If access to nutritious food is limited or made difficult by factors such as cost or the distance traveled to obtain it, peoples’ health suffers – these areas that lack relatively easy access to nutritious, affordable food as popularly known as “food deserts.” The ESRI Food Desert Finder is a searchable map that shows populations in poverty who live beyond a one mile walk to a supermarket and who lack other access to healthy fresh foods. Check out your community!
Sometimes you want to make an inset map with a transparent background. Unfortunately if you have a transparency set to in one of your layers in the inset map (usually a hillshade) the mxd will appear to be transparent on your computer screen but will export with a white background. See example below left. One work around for a transparent image in an mxd file is to bring it into Adobe Photoshop or other image editing program. Create a separate .mxd that only contains what you want to show in your inset map, then export as a jpeg image file. Bring the jpeg into Photoshop. Select the background of the newly created jpeg with the magic want tool. Then click on "Select" then click on "Inverse." Make sure your "Layers" window is open (to open, click on "Window" then "Layers). Now copy (Ctrl-c) and paste (Ctrl-v) to create a new layer. Now click on the picture of the eye in the "Background" Layer window. (See example below with red circle around picture of the eye). This turns background off. Now save as a new jpeg image file. You now have a jpeg with no background. To use this newly created jpeg as an inset map, you must export your main map (.mxd file) as a jpeg.
Bring both the main map jpeg and inset map with no background jpeg into Photoshop.
Select inset map, copy image, and paste to your main map. Position and resize as you wish. You then get the result in the image to the left; an inset map with a transparent background.
Happy mapping from the GreenInfo Team!
Larry Orman, Amanda Recinos, Tim Sinnott, Jennifer Strahan, Rhonda Friberg, Alex Barnish, John Kelly, Jason Jones, Stephanie Ding, Maegan Leslie Torres, Zach Erbe and Aubrey Dugger