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3DGeo Data Acquisition Workgroup - Status Information

Statewide Outreach Meeting was held on April 27, 2021. See the slides.

The table below provides an overview of the lidar planning status for the lidar acquisition areas in Minnesota. The rows show different stages of the planning and grant application as well as data acquisition and delivery. The columns and cells show the status for each of the phases by lidar acquisition area. Additionally, the first column provides a guideline for the ideal timeframe for each step, if it is known.

Also please see the Current Status of Lidar Planning Map.

The 3DGeo data acquisition team shares information about upcoming meetings and lidar news in the Minnesota GIS Newsletter. If you have specific questions, or would like to learn more about a specific item on this page, please contact us at

Lidar Acquisition Areas Northeast Forested Southwest Agriculture Southeast Driftless
and Missouri Big Sioux
Metro Area North Central Lakes Northwest Red River
Lidar Acquisition Blocks Rainy Lake
Lake Superior
Minnesota River West
Minnesota River East
Lower Mississippi
Missouri Big Sioux
Central Mississippi River Upper Mississippi River Red River North
Red River South
  Ideal Timeline            
Phase 1 - Planning & Grant Application
Acquisition Area Outreach Meeting 
Initial Meeting Date Spring October 21, 2019
May 25, 2021 August 21, 2020 November 17, 2020 May 11, 2021
Additional outreach meetings/materials Spring/Summer 2019 NE planning handout
Northeast Lidar Acquisition Area Proposed 2021 Map
NE Area Update, July 2020
June 15, 2021 Presentation to Stevens Co
October 5, 2022 Presentation to Martin, Waseca, and Nicollet counties
June 16, 2021 Big Missouri Sioux Stakeholder Coordination Meeting
October 7, 2020 Funding Southern MN Meeting
Southern Minnesota Area 2021 Map
January 30, 2020 Presentation to Met Council
January 11, 2021 Presentation to MetroGIS
January 26, 2021 Presentation to Hennepin Co
May 20, 2021 Central Region Funding
June 7, 2021 Presentation to Anoka Co

USGS Grant Application & Funding Collaboration Discussion
Meeting Date
Summer/Fall September 28, 2020 August 25, 2022
September 16, 2022 - Meeting with Yellow Medicine, Renville, and Lincoln counties
October 7, 2020 August 23, 2021 August 23, 2021
Feedback Due for BAA
October November 6, 2020
November 16, 2022 November 6, 2020
September 24, 2021 (Attachment D) September 24, 2021 (Attachment D)
BAA due
Mid-November November 13, 2020
November 18, 2022 November 13, 2020 October 8, 2021 October 8, 2021
BAA Response
January 2020 (Rainy Lake USGS Funding Recommended)
January 2021 (Lake Superior USGS Funding Recommended)
December 2022 (Minnesota River West and Minnesota River East USGS Funding Recommended)
January 2021 (Southern Minnesota USGS Funding Recommended) November 2021 (Central Mississippi River USGS Funding Recommended)
December 2021 (Upper Mississippi River USGS Funding Recommended)

Phase 2 - Data Acquisition, Data Delivery to Partners
JFA & SOW Drafted February Complete In progress January/February 2022 January/February 2022
JFA & SOW Finalized March Complete Summer 2021 February 2022 February 2022
Stakeholder provides funds for Task Order
March Complete Summer 2021 March 2022 March 2022
USGS Task Order issued
March Complete Summer 2021 March/April 2022 March/April 2022
Field Survey

Data Acquisition
April/May 2021 Anticipated Spring 2023 Spring 2021 (partial), Spring 2022 (partial) Spring 2022 (partial) Spring 2022
Initial QA/QC

Data Calibration & Processing

Data QA/QC & Distribution
1 year after acquisition

Phase 3 - Public Distribution of Data and Derivative Products
Public Data Distribution


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