General Usage



Map Navigation

Place Searches


The "Place" box above the map interface supports several ways to quickly display a place:


  • By stand ID. If you know the identifier for a forest stand that you're interested in, you can enter the ID directly into the "Find place" box. Clicking the "go!" button will then both center the map on that stand as well as open a stand information window presenting detail data for that stand. The format for stand IDs is:

    txxxxxwxxxxxxx or txxxxxexxxxxxx

    Examples: t15628w1200235 and t06305e1180040

    Stand IDs cannot generally be guessed; typically these are obtained from some published source.
  • By name. Simply type in the name of a Minnesota town, lake, park, etc. to search our database of more than 29,000 places. The "Type" drop-down list can be used to constrain the search to a given place type. After clicking "go!", a small popup window will show you matches and you can zoom to a place by clicking on its name.
  • By public land survey (PLS). Enter the township, range and (optionally) the section you'd like to display. The format for conducting a PLS search is:


    Examples: T100R44 and t44r16s5.

  • By coordinate. Enter an x y pair, separated by a space, and you'll zoom to that point. Supported coordinate types are UTM (zone 15, nad83) and latitute/longitude.

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Interface Buttons


These icons allow you to set the direction for zooming, or set no zoom at all. Click on the icon and then click in the map on the point that you'd like to recenter on. The icon highlighted in white shows you the current setting.

Click this icon to refresh the map after making changes in the legend interface.

Clicking this icon puts you in "info" mode. When selected you can click on a stand "polygon" in the map to retrieve detailed information for that stand. The information is presented in a new browser window.

Clicking this icon resets the map to show the entire state.

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About the ForestView mapping applications


The ForestView interactive maps are based on DNR core GIS (Geographic Information System) data holdings.


ForestView was developed by the Minnesota DNR using the University of Minnesota MapServer software. Questions and comments are welcomed.