Lab 4: Proposed Campground

In Lab 4, the goal was to provide an introduction to digitizing, editing and sharing data in ArcGIS, as well as providing an introduction to geoprocessing. These aims were accomplished through an exercise where we created a campground site and shared the proposed site in multiple data formats. Digitizing and editing was accomplished by creating and editing campground, campsite and road shapefiles. For an intro to geoprocessing, we performed calculations using a landcover database and buffer zones around campground sites. In the assignment, we shared our design with our (hypothetical) superiors, using a variety of different methods. My working name for the campground is the Beyonce Campground, in honor of an important American cultural resource. 

Task 1: Create a campground presentation map

I created a map of the proposed campground and output it as an interactive Google Map below.

This data is also available as a printable map: Proposed USFS "Beyonce Campground" Site and in a variety of forms on the File Cabinet page for this project.  To view a static version of the above map without downloading, click on the image to the right. In the current proposal the total size of the final site is 2.40 acres and length of new road to constructed is 0.52 miles. Site is 55 miles (approximately 1 hour) from Salt Lake City and 15 miles (30 minutes) from Ogden, an easily accessible distance to much of the states population along the Wasatch Front. Twelve new campsites would be created if this camp site were built. Details of each campsite are shown in the table below:

Site Number Direction Facing Lake Water Access Road Access Distance Between Campsites ft)
1 N Lake Yes 106
2 N Lake Yes 88
3 N Lake Yes 88
4 N Lake Yes 76
5 N Lake Yes 76
6 N Lake Yes 89
7 N Lake Yes 89
8 N Lake Yes 87
9 N Lake & Stream Yes 87
10 NE Lake & Stream Yes 80
11 NE Lake Yes 80
12 S Lake Yes 89

The final site was chosen over 5 other sites based on a landcover analysis performed on a 1 kilometer buffer applied around each of the sites. Each site had a similar number of landcover types nearby and the dominant type for each was common, with no risk of being endangered. The final site is located within a large section of Rocky Mountain Bigtooth Maple Ravine Woodland and will not have a serious negative impact. The sites were fairly similar in regards to landcover, the factors which contributed to selection of the final site were its close proximity to existing roads and the ability to locate the campground near a scenic body of water. 

ID Buffer Area (acres) Number of landcover types Dominant Landcover type
Proposed Sites
0 777 13 Rocky Mountain Bigtooth Maple Ravine Woodland
1 773 13 Inter-Mountain Basins Montane Sagebrush Steppe
2 778 11 Inter-Mountain Basins Montane Sagebrush Steppe
3 776 14 Rocky Mountain Gambel Oak-Mixed Montane Shrubland
4 776 10 Rocky Mountain Bigtooth Maple Ravine Woodland
Final Site
Beyonce 953 12 Rocky Mountain Bigtooth Maple Ravine Woodland

Task 2: Share Files with the Internal Review Committee

All the files of interest for the internal review committee, along with short explanations of the files, can be seen here: File Cabinet for Proposed Campground. 


Joe Wheaton & Shannon Belmont. Lab 04 - Digitzing, Editing, Sharing Data & Intro to Geoprocessing. 2015. Web. 6 February 2015

Joe Wheaton & Shannon Belmont. Task 1 Details: Create Campground Presentation Map. 2015. Web. 6 February 2015

Joe Wheaton & Shannon Belmont. Task 2 Details: Share Files with Internal Review Committee. 2015. Web. 6 February 2015

Tables on this page were created with the HTML Table Generator, a very useful tool for creating nice, well formatted tables to display on the web.