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  • "We get data straight from the Montana cadastre websites and plug it into our own GIS," says POWER Engineers consultant Scott Chapman. "It's as easy as going to the website and selecting the county we're working in, then downloading the data."

    "We get data straight from the Montana cadastre websites and plug it into our own GIS," says POWER Engineers consultant Scott Chapman. "It's as easy as going to the website and selecting the county we're working in, then downloading the data."

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    Citizens, private organizations, and various state and county agencies use the cadastral information in a wide variety of ways. BMSC distributes the information to the public through the Montana Cadastral Mapping Application website, while the Montana State Library's GIS portal web page is the distribution point for metadata describing the state's cadastral database.


    To find the location of someone's land:

    1. Click Find Land Ownership.

    • If the browser window is small, expand the window to full screen to view the entire application interface.
    • To center the map in the window, click the Montana Cadastral text (upper left corner).

    2. Click Search. The Choose Parcel Search Criteria pane opens.

    3. Select the county using the pull down menu.

    4. Enter the last name of the land owner and click the Search bar. Owner name links to parcels owned by someone with that last name in the specified county display below the Search bar. With multiple links returned, either explore the parcel information by clicking links and viewing the map or you can mouse over the links to see the land legal description including township, range, and section.

    5. Click on the owner name link for the property of interest. A Property Record Card pane displays over a map showing the parcel highlighted in blue.

    6. Explore the content of the Property Record Card to learn about the land parcel. You can close and open this pane using the blue arrow tab.

    7. In the map that displays, you can also:

    • Explore the parcel in its context:
      • Use zoom tools (the minus and plus signs) to change the map scale. Note: The parcels, the topographic background, and some map data will only display when the map is zoomed in far enough.
      • Click, hold, and drag the map to change the area shown in the window.
      • Show an aerial photo background by clicking the Aerial button.
      • Show a topographic background by clicking the Topo button.
    • Explore a nearby parcel by clicking on it. The parcel is highlighted in blue and the Property Record Card changes to display information about this parcel.
    • Navigate backward or forward to compare different parcels viewed during the same Montana Cadastral map viewing session using the Prev and Next buttons.
    • Print the map using the print icon button.
    • Print the Property Record Card using the Print link.

    Note: For more complete information on how to use this application, click the Help link.

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  • Cavers have always had the same problem – how to find the landowner when either a cave, or access to it, is on private land. Fortunately, technology has solutions. The Montana Cadastral mapping website now makes it extremely easy to find landowner information quickly, in a “Google Maps” fashion. Here’s a short introduction to this valuable service. The website is located here:

Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI)

The Montana Cadastral Database is comprised of taxable parcels (fee land) and public land (exempt property). It is not broken down into individual lots, for instance lots 4 & 5, Forest Grove Subdivision may comprise one taxable parcel and the Lot line between lots 4 & 5 is not contained in this database. The database encompasses all the area within Montana. At this time, the Data is in an ArcSde/Oracle geodatabase. Each county is available for download as a single ArcGIS personal geodatabase or shapefile. The data is maintained by the MT Department of Revenue (DOR) or in cases of Silver Bow, Cascade, Missoula, Lake, Flathead and Yellowstone counties that are maintained by the individual counties. The data is integrated by Montana State Library Geographic Information Services staff. Each parcel contains an attribute called ParcelID (geocode) that is the parcel identifier. It relates to the geocode in the DOR's Orion database (Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal data - CAMA). Most of the ancillary attribute information is held in this database. Information such as owner name, legal description, and appraised value as well as structural and agricultural data are available within CAMA. SQL Server Express 2000 R2 database files of individual county CAMA data are available for download at the project website listed above. In addition, a SQL Server Express database of selected attributes is available for the entire state. Parcel data is built upon the USDI Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Geographic Coordinate Database (GCDB). The GCDB is a complex measurement management system that uses a least squares adjustment of existing survey data to come up with a digital representation of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS). For more information on GCDB you should proceed to the Montana/North Dakota BLM website at . Accuracy varies between townships and it is important to note that the accuracy of the parcel data can't be any more accurate than the GCDB.