Spring Aerial Imagery of Central and Northwest Minnesota:  Scheduled Spring 2013-14

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High-resolution orthophotography is being flown for 34 counties in central and northwest Minnesota. A large portion of the area was flown Spring 2013 and is being processed by the vendor. It is anticipated to become publicly available late fall 2013. The remaining project area will be flown in Spring 2014.

Legend for the map to the right:

  • Green:  Areas where one-half-meter (50-cm) imagery was acquired
  • Red:  Areas where one-foot (30-cm) imagery was collected
  • Tan:  Areas to be acquired in 2014

AeroMetric was selected as the project vendor from the responses to the RFP (State Register, 12/24/12 issue, p. 1006). The RFP specified all or part of 22 counties in central Minnesota; however, the bid was favorable enough that the Northwest counties are now included in this phase. Buy-up partnerships are shown in the map graphic.

Project brochure (2 p., 570K, PDF)


The following partners are contributing funding to obtain aerial photography at a higher resolution than the 50-centimeter baseline resolution funded by the State of Minnesota. Depending on how the size and arrangement of the buy-up areas influenced flight logistics, some areas will be flown at both resolutions. Click on the map to see a larger version.

Areas to be flown only at 30-centimeter resolution:

  • Beltrami County
  • Carlton County
  • Clay County
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation
  • Itasca County:  Portions of northern Itasca were also flown in 2009.
  • Mille Lacs County
  • Wilkin County

Areas to be flown both at 30- and 50-centimeter resolutions

  • Camp Ripley Military Reservation
  • White Earth Nation Reservation

Partnership Info Meetings

The SAIP Coordinating Team explored options for buy-up partnerships with counties and local governments at the following meetings:

  • May 21, 2012, Brainerd
    • Flyer
    • Slides were same as those in Bemidji, below
  • April 3, 2012, Bemidji
    • Flyer
    • Slides, Chris Cialek, Steve Kloiber and Pete Jenkins (52 slides, 10 MB, PPTX)
  • March 7, 2012, Pine-to-Prairie User Group, Fergus Falls
    • Slides, Chris Cialek, Steve Kloiber and Pete Jenkins (38 slides, 8 MB, PPTX)

Project Contacts

Chris Cialek, Manager
Minnesota Geographic Data Clearinghouse
Steve Kloiber, Project Coordinator
National Wetlands Inventory Update
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources


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