A New Map Design for the Bay Area Ridge Trail

Ridge Trail Council Planning Map
This Bay Area Ridge Trail planning map illustrates the new graphic design/cartography done by GreenInfo Network (map shjows area from Mt. Burdell to Petaluma in Sonoma County, California).
Client:   Bay Area Ridge Trail Council

GreenInfo has long worked with the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, providing mapping to help it complete its proposed 500+ mile regional trail system. In closing trail "gaps", highly detailed maps are needed, but because they are information rich, better cartography was needed, requiring special map design techniques.

Since the trail follows ridge lines, the topography of the land is very important to be prominent in the maps. However, the aerial is also an important feature. To allow the hillshading to come through only the vegetation and water features of the aerials are shown. To aid the Council with various different needs multiple layers were added to the map which was exported to a multilayered PDF. The Council staff can then turn on and off layers in the PDF as they chose.

Focus:   Environment  

Services:  GIS Services, Maps, Cartography 

Tags:   California, cartography, Esri ArcGIS, Ridge Trail, San Francisco Bay Area, trails  

Project Years: 2012 - current

GreenInfo Network creates, analyzes, visualizes and communicates information in the public interest. We specialize in mapping and related technology for nonprofits and public agencies, focusing on using it for conservation, social equity, public health, environment and foundation grant making.
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