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Digital Atlas Training Materials

Administrators, partners attend digital atlas training in Helena

This month SWCDM coordinated a unique training for Conservation District administrators.

The State Library showed participants how to use its free Digital Atlas application, and how to access the wide range of datasets available for free to the public. In the afternoon, participants were guided through an introduction to GIS software.

These programs are very useful for Conservation Districts in a variety of ways. Participants expressed interest in using the mapping applications for grant proposals, for locating and gathering historical data for 310 permits, and watershed planning, among many other possibilities.

The training, coordinated by Jess Makus, was free to all participants and travel was provided. Below are links to the resources discussed in the training.


Montana State Library Applications:

Montana State Library Web Resources

NRCS-MSL Partnership Resources

Montana Natural Heritage Program Information

Montana DNRC Data

Additional GIS Resources:

Training materials are available for download from

The ArcGIS Desktop Exercise can be downloaded from

Here is some follow up documentation regarding a few issues we encountered or with some extra tips that we realized would be helpful for both ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online.

Kate Arpin

Kate is the Communications and Technology Manager for Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana. She manages the website, puts out The Montana Conservationist every other week, and assists conservation districts with technology, websites, and communications.

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