Google LatLong: Street View goes to the “top of the world”. “Here at Parks Canada, we have a lot to say about Quttinirpaaq National Park. We could tell you it’s the northernmost park in Canada, or that it lies roughly 500 miles (800 kilometers) from the North Pole. We could tell you it’s home to 4000-year-old archeologist sites or that it’s the second-largest national park in the country. But, we don’t need to tell you anymore. Now we can show you, with our new Street View collection.”
Google Blog: Whoa, that’s one big tree … check it out in a new Street View collection. “Today, Google Maps is bringing you more Golden State beauty—we’ve added six destinations to our California State Parks Street View collection.”
A new Web site lets you track bears in Yosemite. “Rangers at Yosemite National Park on Monday unveiled a unique tool aimed at reducing interactions between its population of black bears and people: a website where fans of the animals can follow their every step – from a distance. That’s possible because select bears are fitted with GPS collars showing where the animals are heading.”
A new Web site provides information about public parks in Delaware. “Play Outside is a single online information source that allows users to find public parks as well as exact locations of outdoor recreation facilities within parks and wildlife areas throughout the state. It includes all areas in the public trust managed by towns, cities, counties and state agencies in Delaware. The website is designed to serve those looking for outdoor recreation opportunities, places to be immersed in nature or to conduct active lifestyles. Users can locate parks close to home or in less-developed places such as wildlife areas.”
The North Carolina State Parks Collection has gotten a lot of new material. “In honor of the centennial anniversary of North Carolina’s State Parks in 2016, hundreds of folders of historical documents from the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation records collection at the State Archives have been digitized and added to the North Carolina State Parks digital collection at North Carolina Digital Collections.”
State Scoop has the skinny on an upcoming data repository for park data across the United States. “Next spring, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national open space conservation group, will release a wealth of park data through a new website called ParkServe. The data delivered by the new website is intended to guide cities on placement of new recreation areas, while helping citizens take advantage of local parks.”
Qatar has a new database of public parks. “The database in Arabic includes names of 49 public parks and gardens in different municipalities in the country, with detailed information about their location and facilities.” Google Translate handles it okay but it looks like you have to translate each page individually. Don’t hit the English link in the upper left or you’ll end up at the home page for the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.