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Geographic Information System (GIS)

A GIS is a combination of software and data designed to view and manage information about geographic places, analyze spatial relationships and model spatial processes. It provides a framework for gathering and organizing spatial data and related information so it can be displayed and analyzed. USDA-NRCS views spatial data and GIS as one of many tools to accomplish our program missions and technical needs.

Colorado NRCS Employees can find GIS announcements, training documents and references on the Colorado NRCS GIS Sharepoint (see "Related Links").

GIS Data

(see "Highlights" to download)

  • Environmental Easements – NRCS Stewardship Land Easement boundaries and centroids are available in Internet Map Services.
  • Geospatial Data Gateway - Provides One Stop Shopping for natural resources or environmental geospatial data at anytime, from anywhere, to anyone. The Gateway allows you to choose your area of interest, browse and select data from our catalog, customize the format, and have it downloaded or shipped on CD for use in GIS software.
  • National Water & Climate Center - In support of the Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program, the National Water and Climate Center produces a wide range of products, such as reports, maps, graphs, and datasets.
  • Web Soil Survey – Web based application that allows customers to prepare soil reports and maps, and to download soil data.

More Information

  • NRCS National Geospatial Center of Excellence (NGCE) - The mission of the National Geospatial Center of Excellence (NGCE) is to provide the USDA NRCS with technical leadership and expertise in geosciences: mapping science, cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), aerial photography, remote sensing and global position systems (GPS), elevation and imagery data, natural resources data, and geospatial technology.


Chris Mueller
State GIS Specialist
Denver Federal Center
Building 56, Room 2604
PO Box 25426
Denver, CO 80225-0426