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July 27, 2004
Press Release: Helena Regional Aiport Security Project - GCS Research Adds GIS to the Solution

July 23, 2004
Press Release: GCS Research to Participate in National Map Presentation

Montanans Can Go On Line to View "Smart Maps" of Bozeman and Missoula Areas

Top U.S. Mapping Official Visits Bozeman to Launch Gallatin County Portion of "The National Map"

One of the nation's top mapping officials will be in Bozeman on Friday to help launch the Bozeman and Gallatin County portions of The National Map. Barbara J. Ryan, Associate Director for Geography at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), will join officials from the City of Bozeman and Gallatin County as they unveil a set of new interactive web-based maps for local residents and Internet users around the world.

With the click of a mouse, Bozeman-area residents will now be able to create customized maps with information on roads, land features, lakes and streams, hiking trails, population centers, and structures such as public buildings, schools and houses. One of the most popular features is likely to be the aerial photo data layers that will provide detailed overhead photographs of the Gallatin County area. Interested citizens will be able to zoom in on their home or business, and MSU fans will be able to zero in on Bobcat stadium by visiting on the Internet.

Ryan will present awards to a number of mapping partners from around the state for their leadership in implementing The National Map. The City of Bozeman and Gallatin County are the second major Montana community to join The National Map. Missoula County became a partner last December and the State of Montana started working with the USGS more than a year ago. The National Map will include statewide data layers from the Montana State Library and regional layers from cities and counties. The new tool is aimed at helping Montanans to enhance their health, safety, environment and economy.

WHAT: Launch of Gallatin County portion of The National Map and Awards Presentation

WHO: State, county and local technology officials and USGS Associate Director Barbara Ryan

WHERE: Montana State University, Student Union Building, Room 276, Grant Street, Bozeman

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 23, 2004

The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.
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