Nov. 18, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers now have access to a new, online source of New Brunswick geographic information with the release of the GeoNB Map Viewer.
"Working with our partners across government, Service New Brunswick has created this impressive new tool that allows New Brunswickers free access to an incredible array of geographic information," said Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for Service New Brunswick.
The GeoNB Map Viewer is a free, easy-to-use Internet-based application for viewing maps and aerial photos of the province.
Boudreau said that what makes GeoNB most useful to New Brunswickers is the layering of the data: high-quality aerial photos, topographic data, roads data, and land information that is collected and maintained by the Government of New Brunswick.
"We are using the GeoNB Map Viewer at the provincial forest fire centre," said Jeff Betts, fire centre operations officer with the Department of Natural Resources. "It has several features that make it useful, which other mapping programs don't have. One feature which we particularly like is the quick access to ortho [aerial] photos."
The GeoNB Map Viewer also features a colour scheme that distinguishes Crown land from private land, which can help those pursuing outdoor activities such as hunting or fishing avoid trespassing. As well, because the tool includes property maps, users may view how their property fits into the landscape.
The main features and benefits of the GeoNB Map Viewer include:
The release of the map viewer is the first step in a larger, collaborative project led by Service New Brunswick's Land Information Infrastructure Secretariat, with participation from several provincial and municipal government departments, aimed at promoting and increasing the use of geographic information and maps.
The GeoNB Map Viewer and more information about the GeoNB project may be found online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Brent Staeben, communications, Service New Brunswick, 506-453-6775