Public Lands, Minnesota, 1983

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Section 1 Overview
Originator Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo)
Title Public Lands, Minnesota, 1983
Abstract This data set identifies publicly administered lands in Minnesota. Land ownership data, current as of 1983 or earlier, was collected by 40-acre parcel for federal, state, metropolitan commission, and tax-forfeited lands. The data was compiled cooperatively by the Minnesota Geographic Information Office (MnGeo) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). A related printed report contains numerous state maps and summary tables:
Purpose Minnesota Public Lands, 1983 is the result of an effort to improve the organization and accessibility of summary public land record information in Minnesota.
Time Period of Content Date 1983
Currentness Reference Multiple sources, many of them earlier than 1983. Bureau of Indian Affairs and Corps of Engineers data is current as of 1969.
Progress Complete
Maintenance and Update Frequency None Planned
Spatial Extent of Data Minnesota
Bounding Coordinates -97.25
Place Keywords Minnesota, MN
Theme Keywords planningCadastre, Public Land Ownership, Federal Land Ownership, State Land Ownership, County Land Ownership, Tax-forfeited Lands
Theme Keyword Thesaurus ISO 19115 Topic Category
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints There are no known restrictions on the use of these data.
Contact Person Information Nancy Rader, GIS Data Coordinator
Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo)
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-201-2489
Browse Graphic None available
Associated Data Sets 1. 1983 Minnesota Public Lands: this printed report contains numerous state maps and summary tables:

2. GAP Stewardship: this GIS inventory was conducted to provide ownership and administration information by 40-acre parcel for the Gap Analysis Project. The information is predominantly from 1983-85 (the layer was corrected in 2008, but NOT updated to 2008). Free online from DNR:

3. For other sources of land ownership information for Minnesota, see:

Section 2 Data Quality
Attribute Accuracy Unknown. The data user is reminded that these data were collected from a variety of federal and state sources. The accuracy of public land records can vary greatly from agency to agency and county to county. It is likely that some errors exist in a data set of this size.
Logical Consistency Not applicable
Horizontal Positional Accuracy Unknown
Vertical Positional Accuracy Not applicable
Lineage During the 1981 State Legislative session, money was appropriated to the Department of Energy, Planning, and Development (DEPD) to begin an on-going inventory of summary land records. This project, funded by a grant recommended by the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCMR), was coordinated by the Minnesota Land Management Information Center (LMIC), now MnGeo. During the 1981-83 biennium, LMIC attempted to gather summary land record information for all federal land managing agencies, all non-DNR state agencies, and several regional commissions in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Land Bureau of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) coordinated all records for DNR managed lands.


State ownership information was derived from a 1983 update of the DNR land ownership-land classification file, an operational catalogue of state ownership information maintained by the DNR. Recreation land in regional, township, and private ownership, current to 1983, was compiled by the DNR for the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) inventory of recreational facilities.

Federal ownership data were compiled by LMIC staff from the land ownership records of a variety of federal agencies: the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. Except for BIA and Corps of Engineers data, which is current as of 1969, all federal ownership data are current as of 1983.


Minnesota Public Lands, 1983 is the product of separately coded ownership variables which were combined in 1983 by LMIC staff to produce the 1983 public ownership variable. DNR ownership records and SCORP data were encoded by the DNR, and then merged with Minnesota Land Management Information System (MLMIS) files using geocode matching procedures. Data on non-DNR-managed state lands, initially coded by the State Planning Agency in 1973, was updated by the DNR in 1978, and then merged with existing MLMIS ownership files via geocode matching. Federal land ownership information was coded by LMIC staff using a combination of manual map transfer/grid overlay and geocode matching procedures. The merging of these separate ownership files identified cells containing more than one public ownership designation, and these instances of multiple ownership were recorded as distinct classes in this coverage.

Section 3 Spatial Data Organization (not used in this metadata)

Section 4 Coordinate System
Horizontal Coordinate Scheme Universal Transverse Mercator
UTM Zone Number 15E
Horizontal Datum NAD83
Horizontal Units meters
Cell Width 100
Cell Height 100

Section 5 Attributes
Overview Public ownership is grouped into the following data classes:

01 - 19: Federal Lands
20 - 49: DNR State Lands
50 - 54: DOT State Lands
55 - 69: Other State Lands
70 - 79: County and Tax-forfeited Lands
80 - 89: City and Local Lands
90-100: Private and Quasi-private Lands

01 Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA)
02 National Forests
03 Bureau of Land Management
04 National Wildlife Refuges
05 Waterfowl Production Areas (ownership)
06 Waterfowl Production Areas (easement)
07 National Park Service
08 Corps of Engineers (ownership)
09 Corps of Engineers (easement)
10 Other Federal Lands (military, etc.)
11 Bureau of Indian Affairs (tribal/resettle)
12 Bureau of Indian Affairs Allocated
13 Bureau of Indian Affairs Government
14 National Wildlife Refuge (flowage rights only)
15 National Wildlife Refuge (leased to state)
17 Voyageurs National Park
18 Both Federal and State
19 Both Federal and County
20 DNR Forestry Lands (within forest)
21 DNR Forestry Lands (outside forest)
22 DNR Waters, Soils, and Minerals
23 DNR Other
30 DNR Wildlife Management Areas
31 DNR Fisheries
32 DNR Enforcement
40 DNR Parks and Recreation
49 Multiple State Agencies
50 Mn/DOT Rest Areas
51 Mn/DOT Adjacent to Lakes and Streams
52 Mn/DOT Maintenance and Storage
53 Mn/DOT Gravel Pits
54 Mn/DOT Other
55 Historical Society
57 Zoo, State Fairgrounds, Iron Range Resource & Rehabilitation Board
59 Both State and County
60 Military Affairs
61 Agriculture
62 Corrections
63 Welfare
64 University of Minnesota
65 Aeronautics
66 State Colleges
67 State Community Colleges
68 Other State (state hospitals, etc.)
69 Multiple County Agencies
70 County Forests (tax-forfeited lands)
71 Other County (other tax-forfeited lands)
72 County Parks
73 County Right of Way
74 Other County Acquired Lands
76 Regional Parks
77 Regional Forests
80 City Parks
81 City Other
86 Township Parks
87 Township Other
88 Public School District Facilities
90 Church, Religious Organization
91 Other Non-profit (Boy Scouts, YMCA, etc.)
92 Individual Private
99 Various Corporate
100 None of the above
Detailed Citation 'MGC100 Data Documentation', formerly called 'Data Documentation for 40-Acre and 100-Meter Data for Use with EPPL7 on IBM PCs, PS/2s, or Compatibles'. Land Management Information Center, Minnesota Planning. 1996:
Table Detail:

Section 6 Distribution
Publisher Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo)
Publication Date 1983
Contact Person Information Nancy Rader, GIS Data Coordinator
Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo)
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-201-2489
Distributor's Data Set Identifier pub_own
Distribution Liability MnGeo's data disclaimer is online:
Ordering Instructions This data set is distributed on the internet by clicking below after Online Linkage. Doing so will tell your browser to start downloading a 'ZIP' file (1.1 megabytes) which will contain the following:

- The statewide files in EPPL7, ERDAS and GeoTIFF formats, each format in a separate folder.
- Documentation for the MLMIS data collection; ownership data is described on pp. 25-27.
- Documentation (.html, .xml) for the data set
- Disclaimer

After downloading this 'zip' file, use an unzipping utility such as WinZip to uncompress the files listed above.
Online Linkage I AGREE to the notice in "Distribution Liability" above. Clicking to agree will either begin the download process or link to download information. See "Ordering Instructions" above for details.

Section 7 Metadata Reference
Metadata Date 05/15/2014
Contact Person Information Nancy Rader, GIS Data Coordinator
Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo)
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-201-2489
Metadata Standard Name Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Metadata Standard Version 1.2
Metadata Standard Online Linkage

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