Let’s Map It! Exploring Wyoming’s Natural Resources with GIS Mapping

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As the Program Director for Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom, Stephanie Russell is thrilled to introduce a new project that allows families to get outdoors, explore Wyoming’s natural resources, and learn about GIS mapping. In collaboration with ed Terra technologies in Sheridan, Wyoming, the organization is providing free access to the Map It Fast software, which serves as a powerful tool for mapping and tracking various elements in the environment.

To get started, visit the Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom website to sign up for a free account and download the Map It Fast app on your mobile device. Once you have logged in using the provided username and password, follow the steps below to create your own project and start mapping.

Step 1: Setting Up Your Project

  1. Open the Map It Fast app on your mobile device.
  2. Click on the settings gear icon.
  3. Choose “Select Project.”
  4. Create a new project and give it a name.

With your project set up, you are now ready to embark on your mapping adventure in Wyoming’s beautiful landscapes.

Step 2: Mapping Points, Lines, Polygons, and Geo Photos

The Map It Fast app allows users to map various features, including points, lines, polygons, and geo photos. Let’s explore how to use each feature:

Mapping Points

Points are used to mark specific locations of interest. It could be a spot where a particular plant grows or an area where animals have been spotted. To map a point:

  1. Tap on the point feature, which is represented by a small round circle icon.
  2. Single-tap or tap and hold to mark the point on the map.
  3. Add a name to the point to identify its significance.
  4. You can also edit the icon representing the point to differentiate it from others.

Mapping Lines

Lines are used to map linear features such as tree rows or trails. To map a line:

  1. Tap on the line feature.
  2. Add a name to the line to describe its purpose.
  3. Start walking along the line to be mapped.
  4. You can map up to three lines simultaneously.
  5. If you need to pause, press the pause button, and you can resume mapping later.
  6. To finish mapping a line, tap the red stop button.

Mapping Polygons

Polygons are ideal for mapping the perimeter of a particular area, such as a pasture. To map a polygon:

  1. Tap on the polygon feature.
  2. Add a name to the polygon.
  3. Start walking around the perimeter of the area you want to map.
  4. The app will calculate the size of the polygon in acres or other units.
  5. You can stop mapping the polygon before reaching the starting point, and the app will automatically fill in the gap.

Adding Geo Photos

Geo photos allow you to capture images and associate them with specific locations on your map. To add a geo photo:

  1. Tap the camera button within the app.
  2. Align the image and take a photo using your phone’s camera.
  3. The photo will be added to your map at the designated location.

Step 3: Making the Most of Map It Fast

While using the Map It Fast app, it is important to note that it continues to run in the background of your phone, even without using data. Therefore, it is advisable to manually shut down the app when not in use by clicking on the gears button and selecting “Close Map It Fast.” This ensures that the app does not drain your battery or use unnecessary resources.

Additionally, Map It Fast can also be accessed through a web browser by visiting mapitfast.com. This allows users to log in using their existing account credentials and view, edit, or create new projects conveniently from their computers.

By utilizing the Map It Fast software, families can engage in outdoor exploration, document their findings, and gain valuable insights into Wyoming’s natural resources. Whether you are conducting educational activities, surveying the land, or simply enjoying nature, GIS mapping opens up a world of possibilities and discoveries.

Start your own mapping project today with Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom and embark on an exhilarating journey to map, preserve, and appreciate the remarkable beauty of Wyoming’s landscapes.

Remember, this app is a powerful tool for mapping and tracking elements in the environment, and it is all made possible through the generous support of ed Terra technologies in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Visit the Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom website to learn more and get started with your GIS mapping adventure today!

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