Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI)

The Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure is made up of fifteen “framework” geographic databases vital for making maps of Montana and understanding its geography. Seven of the databases are federally defined framework datasets and the other eight were selected as additional framework layers by the Montana Land Information Advisory Council (MLIAC).

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Data Access Steward Lead
Administrative Boundaries * Montana State Library Meghan Burns
Cadastral * Montana State Library Michael Fashoway
Climate University of Montana Dr. Kelsey Jencso
Elevation * Montana State Library Troy Blandford
Geographic Names Montana State Library Erin Fashoway
Geology Bureau of Mines & Geology Paul Thale
Hydrography * Montana State Library Troy Blandford
Hydrologic Units Natural Resources Conservation Service Catherine Maynard
Land Cover Montana Natural Heritage Program Jessica Mitchell
Mapping Control * Montana State Library Bob Holliday
Imagery * Montana State Library Erin Fashoway
Soils Natural Resources Conservation Service Catherine Maynard
Structures & Addresses* Montana State Library Michael Fashoway
Transportation * Montana State Library Michael Fashoway 
Wetlands & Riparian Montana Natural Heritage Program and Dept. of Environmental Quality Sara Owen and Steve Carpenedo

 * Layers marked with asterisks are defined as Framework themes in the National Spatial Data Infrastructure by the Federal Geographic Data Committee.