Geospatial Data Gateway


The Geospatial Data Gateway or Geo-Data Gateway provides easy and consistent access to natural resource data. You can search for available data by geographic area such as county or state, use the point and click map tool to find your area of interest; using a gazetteer, or by entering latitude and longitude coordinates. You can also search for data by theme, such as digital ortho imagery, digital elevation models (DEMs), or soils. You can then view a thumbnail, or sample of the data you've chosen to know if you want a copy of the data. If you do, you can either download the data directly onto your machine, pick it up via our ftp site, or order it on media such as CD.


U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Resources Conservation Center.

Format and Retrieval

FTP download is free. CD's are free for USDA personnel and $50 US for all others. DVD's are free for USDA personnel and $100 US for all others. DLT is $500 US as a special order.

You can have it downloaded or shipped on CD or DVD.

A Java-enabled browser must be used to navigate through the geospatial data of the Gateway. Recommended browsers are Netscape 4.76 (or higher) and Internet Explorer 5.5 (or higher).


Searching the metadata for theme, keywords, and area of geographic coverage allows the Gateway to find appropriate data for you far more quickly than searching the actual databases themselves. 

The creation of the metadata is the responsibility of the data stewards. The Gateway team is investigating available technology for generating the metadata files directly from the existing databases in an automated method.

The metadata standards developed by the FGDC (Federal Geographic Database Committee) will be used unless the international standard ISO 15046-15 is finalized prior to the creation of the metadata. By using the FGDC metadata standards, the Geospatial Data Gateway can serve data to Federal Clearinghouse nodes and become a node itself for those layers for which the USDA is the steward.

Update Frequency

Data availabilities change as frequently as every week, as more data is added to the Resource Data Gateway.

Related Partners

The Forest Service was established in 1905 and is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands, which encompass 193 million acres.