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profdant139

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Posted: 01/23/20 10:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Solved. First, here is the link to the BLM online map system:

BLM Online Map

Choosing your state is the easy part. If you have the same experience that I had, you pull up the map, zoom in, and you can't see much of anything, other than big mustard yellow blotches. Useless.

It turns out that the default settings on the layers on the map are virtually opaque. Here is how to fix it:

After your map loads, go to the menu in the upper right and click on the "layers" icon, which looks like a stack of paper. A big box will pop up on the right edge of the map.

Now scroll to the bottom of that map. Click the box next to "surface management." It should turn blue.

Now click on the little row of three horizontal dots next to the words "surface management." A small box pops up. One of the menu items is "transparency." Click on it.

A slider will pop up. As far as I can tell, the slider is set to "opaque" by default. Move the slider toward the right, to about the 60 percent level. That preserves some of the color overlay (which gives you the all-important info about which land is BLM and which is not), while still letting you see roads and other key landmarks.

Not the most user-friendly map I have ever seen, but it gets the job done.


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Thank you so much for posting this info!


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Posted: 01/25/20 02:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I frequently use CalTopo.

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Hi mate, I suggest you use Google maps and if you have already used it and it did not work for you, download show my map which is a customizer of it and this way it will make it easier for you to move from one place to another without getting lost. you get lost you can use coordinates into Google maps and thus have saved the point where you started moving to your current location, Good luck and thanks for sharing.

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I have for many years used this BLM online Map page for finding BLM boundary/areas and campsites/recreation areas. There will be a popup column on right side of page with check boxes for you to select the information you want to see such as recreation areas, etc. You can zoom in onto the state or area down to smallest town or other location. The map is color coded for BLM, Indian, NF, areas and is very detailed for me depending on zoom level. Takes a bit of navigation and getting used to and I saved it to my favorites.

https://blm-egis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6f0da4c7931440a8a80bfe20eddd7550

https://www.blm.gov/maps

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