The NRIS On-Line GIS Data Bundler gives you several tools you may
use to specify an area that you want to download GIS (Geographic
Information System) data for.
This application is intended for use by people who have access to GIS
software and know how to use ESRI shapefile data to make maps.
The Bundler has different types of study area definition tools.
Some of them are maps that show boundaries and names of potential
study areas such as counties or national forests. You just click
on the area you want the Bundler to provide data for. Other tools
let you pick the name of your area from a list, or type in the name
or technical specification of a location.
Most of the tools allow you to specify a buffer distance, in miles,
to expand your area of interest around the region or location that
After you have specified a study area, the Bundler uses our
Digital Atlas application to make a shapefile
from your study area and to get a little map of Montana that shows
its location. It returns a page that includes the map and a list of
almost 100 data layers that you can download. All of the layers you
select will be clipped to your study area, converted to shapefile
format, converted to the coordinate system of your choice, and placed
in a .zip file on our web server.
In some cases it can take a long time for the Bundler to create the
data you asked for, and the Bundler can only process one user's
request at a time. After you have selected the data you want, the
Bundler will return a web page showing what you asked for and how
many requests are ahead of yours. When your data is ready, it sends
you an e-mail that has a link you can click on to download the zip
file that contains your data.