The Land Cover dataset is hosted on the Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources' (DNR) Data Deli site. You can link to it through the metadata at
(see "Online Linkage" in the summary.)
Training workshops have been held annually in the spring. Contact Bart
Richardson at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources () or at
This dataset meets one of the MetroGIS community's common information
needs. Click on the information need below to learn more about it, or to find
out more about common information needs in general, please see the
About Information Needs page.
MetroGIS's Business Information Needs
Process calls for each
regional custodian and MetroGIS to
co-sponsor Data User Forums on a reoccurring basis for each endorsed regional
dataset. The frequency of the forums is determined by MetroGIS. The purpose of
these forums is to monitor user satisfaction and identify desired or needed
enhancements to the regional data solutions, insuring they continue to address
the needs of the MetroGIS community. The history of these forums for this
dataset is as follows:
- No forums have been held to date.
On January 26, 2000, the MetroGIS Policy Board endorsed DNR's Minnesota
Land Cover Classification System (MLCCS) as the solution to MetroGIS's Land
Cover Information Need and accepted DNR's offer to serve as regional custodian
of the dataset.
The Minnesota Land Cover Classification System (MLCCS) is a hybrid of
several accepted systems that are in use throughout the metro area and the
state. Its development focused on the US National Vegetation Classification
Standard (NVCS) and the Minnesota Natural Heritage Key to Natural Communities.
This hybrid system for the classification of natural and semi-natural system
meets the federal requirement of using the NVCS, and preserves the Natural
Heritage terminology that has been in use for years here in Minnesota. In
addition, departing from the traditional land use/cover classification systems,
the MLCCS does not label land cover with any land use terminology. This results
in a completely new system for classification of lands traditionally labeled as
residential, urban, industrial, park, etc. MLCCS recognizes the amount of
artificial surfaces in areas where naturally occurring vegetation no longer
exists, while at the same time recognizing the amount and type of green cover.
See Overview of
MetroGIS's Land Cover Information Need for the evolution of MetroGIS's
endorsement of this regional dataset.