I'm starting a new mapping project and I figured I'd try to keep notes about the progress here on AP. Catching up on what I've done over the last few days.
I downloaded the 2015 lidar data from kansasgis.org
. There's some sort of rule of thumb that no matter how small the area you want to map, it takes multiple tiles to download. It turns out Slough Creek (which isn't all that big) is right on the border of 4 tiles (with each 5 x 5 km).
I created a shapefile of the boundary of the area I want to map in QGIS (by eyeballing Open Street Map in QGIS and the Jefferson County parcel viewer on a web page). I used the shapefile to combine the 4 lidar tiles and then cut out the area I want for the map. I used LASclip from LAStools for the first time. It worked quite well.
I downloaded 2014 air photos from kansasgis.org
. They look pretty good.
I created some templates to use for map drawing. I ran karttapullautin to get vegetation and contours. I used LAStools (blast2dem) to create ground relief, last return relief, ground slope, and last return slope.
Meangene sent me a scanned copy of the 1983 map that Anders Bjorklund field checked and that OK used for the 1984 O' tour.
Right now my plan is to do as much as I can at the desk to create a map (not just to create a base map, but to create something we could use with very minimal field work). I know that there is a new trail that we may need to field check.