Good tips for reading maps.
State Land Tracks and Waypoints
They are now available for download as zip-files containing 62-county based files. Each file contains DEC Land Boundaries, OPRHP Land Boundaries, DEC Roads and Trails, OPRHP Roads and Trails, DEC Assets, OPRHP Assets, Public Fishing Access, and Additional Campsites featured on maps found this blog.
Added 5/15/15 – Federal and local park land boundaries (e.g. Finger Lakes National Forest), Mason Lake/Perkins Clearing Campsites. Further revisions to these files will be made as corrections to the data is made.
Regional Google Maps made from these files will become available on this blog over the next month. They will contain up to 10 counties, in specific regions of state. They are labeled Google County Maps.
Google Earth KMZ (individual county files 12 KB to 3.0 MB): http://andyarthur.org/data/lands/kmzbounds
Google Earth KMZ Without State Land Boundaries — better importing into some GPS (25 MB): http://andyarthur.org/data/lands/kmznobound.zip
GPX Tracks — trail data in GPX tracks format for GPS, contains no style data or facilities details except name (15 MB): http://andyarthur.org/data/lands/tracks.zip
GPX Waypoints — asset data in GPX waypoints for GPS, contains no style data or asset details except name/type (250 KB): http://andyarthur.org/data/lands/waypoints.zip
Do you think Northing-Easting / UTM will eventually replace latitude and longitude for coordinates on all printed topographic maps?
One could argue that Northing-Easting is harder to write down, hard to remember, and you have to make sure you set the proper the proper zone in your GPS before using.
On the other hand, latitude and longitude usually aren’t square on maps, because of projection issues. You can’t project latitude and longitude for maps (WGS 84) without significant distortions.
Google Maps uses Northing-Easting internally, but uses latitude and longitude for their user interfaces, including scripting. It works, but is a lot of internal conversions to make it work.
One should never confuse the Town of Highlands in Orange County (containing West Point, Bear Mountain, and Bear Mountain Bridge on the Hudson River) with the Town of Highland in Sullivan County (containing Barryville, Eldred, Highland Lake, Minisink Ford and Yulan on Delaware River), with the Hamlet of Highland in the Town of Lloyd in Ulster County (which also borders the Hudson River, and contains the Mid-Hudson Bridge to Poughkeespie).
The hamlet of Highland is pronounced as two seperate words — “high land”, stressing the syllables. In contrast, the Town of Highland in Sullivan County and Highlands in Orange County rhymes with “island”.
You can also drive from Ulster County to Orange County to Sullivan County, without ever crossing any other counties.