Updating Mt. Diablo Trails Map

Cartographic detail in Save Mt. Diablo trail map
Client:   Save Mount Diablo

Save Mt. Diablo is in its 47th year as the protector and defender of the majestic, 4,000' Mt. Diablo, in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area.  One of the missions of this land trust is to encourage people to use the incredible matrix of 40 local and state parks (over 100,000 acres) that center on the mountain. Having worked with the organization in 2014 to update its very large, detailed trails map, GreenInfo was asked again to help with a new version of the map publication.

The most important part of the process was documenting everything that had changed since we last published the map. We convened an in-person stakeholder meeting with poster maps that attendees could mark directly with newly protected lands, changes in trails, or anything else that needed changing. The hand-drawn notes from that meeting became our marching orders for a careful update and further iteration with Save Mount Diablo staff.

Then came time for printing. The map itself is huge, 50 inches across by 40 tall, an epic map for an epic landscape. Working with the files, in both ArcMap and Illustrator, takes patience, precision, and skill. We updated a wide range of data in GIS, then exported to Illustrator in a staged process. And at long last, after fine-tuning in Illustrator, the map goes to a specialized printer for output on paper that's both tear-proof and water resistant.

Focus:   Conservation, Environment, Recreation  

Services:  GIS Services, Communications, Graphic Design, Publications, Data, Maps 

Tags:   Adobe Illustrator, Esri ArcGIS, land trust, trails  

Project Years: 2017

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