Please read the Data Disclaimer - not all BLM data is in GeoCommunicator and the data has not been verified.
- Downloadable Data includes BLM Administrative areas, BLM range allotments, and the Public Land Survey System township data.
- Map Services include both ArcIMS Image and Feature Services, ArcGIS Services, and Web Mapping Services (WMS) that can be used with your local GIS.
- Web Services include Web Services for Finding and Deriving the land description (township, range, section, aliquot) for an area, for Township GeoCoder for converting TRS to lat/long and vice versa, and for exporting survey-based coordinate data. These services are available for use in GeoCommunicator or for use by developers in other applications outside of GeoCommunicator.
- Metadata provides information about the data.
Downloadable Data and Map Services
Downloadable data is in File Geodatabase or shapefile format.
|Downloadable Data Layers||Downloadable||Map Service||On GeoComm
|BLM ACEC (Areas of Critical Environmental Concern)
|BLM Administrative Areas
(includes state, district, field office, and others)
|Yes||Point | Arc | Poly|
|Oil and Gas Lease Sale Parcels (Oil and Gas sale parcels with links to sale notice and state sale web site)||N/A*||
|Public Land Survey System (PLSS) (Township Data)
|Rangeland (BLM grazing allotments with links to live range allotment use and master reports from the BLM's Rangeland Administration System; wild horse & burro (WH&B) herd management areas and herd areas.)||Range Allotment
WH&B Herd Areas
WH&B Herd Mgmt
|Rights-of-Way (ROW) (Section 368 ROW Energy Corridors on BLM lands)||N/A||
|SMA Withdrawals New
This layer is contained in the Surface Management Agency Service).
Special Public Purpose - Withdrawal Areas New (shows Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas for areas of federally managed lands). This layer is contained in the Surface Management Agency Service).
|Surface Management Agency New (shows who is managing the surface of the land including BLM, USFS, USFWS, DOD, NPS, BOR, other Federal, State, Local, Private and unknown). This layer does not contain BLM National Conservation or BLM National Monuments.||File GDB||
|SMA Deprecated Service please update to the new Surface Management Agency layer. (BLM surface management agency lands including BLM lands, BLM national monuments, BLM national conservation areas, BLM wilderness areas, and BLM Bankhead Jones lands)||N/A||
|Solar (BLM Solar Study Zones)||N/A||
*N/A = not available
Additional Map Services Information
Map Service The GeoCommunicator Map Services support ArcIMS, ArcGIS, REST, SOAP, WMS, KML.
- ArcGIS (REST, SOAP, WMS, KML)
- ArcGIS Server Map Services Directory: http://www.geocommunicator.gov/ArcGIS/rest/services
- WMS connection (Surface Management Agency (SMA) example for BLM lands) http://www.geocommunicator.gov/arcgis/services/SMA/MapServer/WMSServer
Layer Name (layerid): 1,2,3,4,5,6
- Good reference for developers when communicating with a WMS service in a web browser
- ArcIMS (ArcIMS (image and feature services), WMS)
- ArcIMS URL (rangeland example): Server:http://www.geocommunicator.gov, Service name: BLM_MAP_RANGELAND or BLM_FEATURE_RANGELAND
- WMS connection (Rangeland example):
GeoCommunicator provides the following Web Services: Find and Derive Land Description (LD), Township GeoCoder, and Survey Exporter. The Web Services are provided on GeoCommunicator or they can be developed by anyone for use in other applications outside of GeoCommunicator using the web services. The web services can be used in your applications that consume these services using protocols such as SOAP and GeoRSS. The Web Services use the GeoCommunicator survey-based and non survey-based land descriptions. The land descriptions are in NAD83 Geographic. We provide an XML of the services and you develop the interface and connection to the service for your application.
Find Land Description Service Description: Find LD provides the ability to pass a land description (state, meridian, township, range, section, aliquot) and have the latitude and longitude returned for the coordinates defining the boundary of the shape. The coordinates can be used to draw the area on a map. Sample Data.
Derive Land Description Service Description: Derive LD provides the ability pass the coordinates (latitude and longitude) of a shape (polygon) and have the land description (state,meridian, township, range, section, aliquot, lot) returned. Land Description formats used in the Derived web services. Sample Data.
Township Geocoder Service Description: The Township Geocoder provides the ability to pass the coordinates of a Latitude and Longitude (Lat/Long) and have the Township, Range and Section values returned in a file. Likewise, a textual land description formatted as state, meridian, township, range, section, aliquot can be passed and the value for the polygon centroid will be returned in Lat/Long format. There is also an option for bulk upload of a file containing a list of formatted Townships or Lat/Long values and have their respective Lat/long or Township values returned. This tool is useful for finding the land descriptions for well locations, pipelines, fires, etc. based on their lat/long location or for finding the coordinates of a land description for inputting into a gps or other device. For additional information, see the GeoCommunicator Township GeoCoder Web Service Method Parameters and Results document.
T/R/S to Lat/Long Examples:
(State, Principal Meridian, Township, Township fraction, Township Direction, Range, Range fraction code, Range direction, Section, Aliquot, Township duplicate)
HTTP Get Link test
For Batch Processing Requests through GeoCoder: There are two supported formats (NIFC and Webservice) you can follow either one. Both work through the Batch Processor. Below are samples and links to the formatting guides: Submit Request - formatted files should be .txt (preferred), .csv, or .xls. References: Example of mapping/formatting PLSS aliquot parts.
1-NIFC guide and format:
Guide, NIFC Format:
#TRS--> lat/long, NIFC format
2-Webservice guide and format:
Guide, Webservice Format:
#TRS-->lat/long Webservice Format
Created links to BLM Range Allotments on an interactive map: Replace the Allotment Number in Red with any range allotment to bring up the Range allotment on the GeoCommunicator Map Viewer zoomed to the range allotment. If you want to see more information click on the Identify Tool and/or turn on additional Map layers.
- BLM Range Allotment Example: Replace the State and Allotment Number in Red in the URL below with any BLM range state and allotment number.
Create links to BLM Wild Horse and Burro Management (WH&B) and Herd Areas on an interactive map: Replace the Herd Area number in Red with any BLM WH&B Herd Area or Herd Management Area to bring up the BLM WH&B herd area on the GeoCommunicator Map Viewer zoomed to the herd area. If you want to see more information click on the Identify Tool and/or turn on additional Map layers.
- Herd management areas: Replace the Herd Management Area (HMA) Number in Red in the URL below with any HMA number
- Herd Areas: Replace the Herd Area (HA) Number in Red in the URL below with any HA Number
Survey Exporter Service Description- provides the ability to pass a textual land description formatted as state, meridian, township, range, section, aliquot and the values of the survey points, control points, and points/lines that make up the polygon are returned.
StreamSurvey Data Example for Township AZ PM 14, T15S, R20E
If you need help, please use the Contact Us.
On GeoCommunicator we have developed several tools that use these services as describe below. These tools are available in many of our map viewers.
Web Services on GeoCommunicator Handout
Derive Land Description (LD)
The Derive LD tool along with the Sketch Tool allows you to draw a box on the map using the sketch tool and then derive the land description of the polygon that was drawn. This can be used for getting the land description of a polygon for submitting an Expression of Interest or for adding the description to a document. The Identify returned from the Sketch tool or the Identify on Derive LD window will show you what other activities are occurring in the area of the polygon.
Find Land Description (LD)
Use the Find LD tool to enter in a land description (in State, meridian, township, range format) from a document or other instrument and have the polygon for the area drawn on the map. The lat/long coordinates are also returned. An easy township selection tool is provided to select the land description or cut and paste a formatted land description into the tool. The Identify on Find LD window will show you what other activities are occurring in the area of the polygon.
Select GeoCoder from the home page. GeoCoder provides a way to enter in the state, meridian, township, range, and aliquot and have the lat/long of the centroid returned for the polygon. The tool also can accept a lat/long and have the land description returned. A file of either land descriptions or lat/long is also supported. This tool is useful for finding the land descriptions for well locations, pipelines, fires, etc. or for finding the coordinates of a land description for inputting into a gps or other device.