In 2013, the state legislature tasked the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) to provide an inventory of lands in Washington owned by federal, state and local governments to assist with prioritizing and coordinating land management decisions and analyzing the economic influences of these properties. Previously, these Public Land Inventories were only available as printed documents. SmartMine, GeoEngineers’ technology-development team, built the web framework for deploying the statewide map which was released to the legislature, state agencies, and the public in July, 2014.
The map interface allows people to click on a location and learn which agency owns the land, the number of acres, primary land use, and the cost of acquisition if the parcel was acquired within the past 10 years. Information is provided on land owned by cities, counties, the federal government and three state agencies – the State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. The public can search government-owned parcels by owner and principal land use. In addition, details about acquisition grants from RCO are linked to the interactive map.
The Public Lands Inventory web application utilizes both Esri and MapBox technology. This hybrid approach allowed leveraging the best of both platforms to the benefit of RCO and ultimately the end-users. This presentation will showcase the application development and map design techniques for the Public Lands Inventory project, focusing on the use of modern web and mapping frameworks such as Backbone.JS, Bootstrap, Leaflet, Esri-Leaflet, Esri Terraformer, and more to build responsive and easily deployable web applications.