Klemow, K.M. 1993. CREATION OF WETLAND PROBABILITY MAPS FOR LUZERNE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. Contributed paper: Pennsylvania Academy of Science meeting. Abstract: Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 66:190.

Maps are needed to show the presence and extent of wetlands for all of Pennsylvania. Preparing maps to unequivocally show wetland-upland boundaries would require thousands of man-hours of intensive field-based analyses. Maps utilizing aerial surveys are available, but these show wetland boundaries that are often inaccurate. During the past two years, I developed a new approach to broad-scale wetland-mapping. The resulting maps show the likelihood of finding wetlands on a site, based on the soil characteristics given in the Soil Conservation Service County Soil Maps. Using a flatbed scanner, I imported into a Macintosh II the images from photomaps contained in the SCS Soil Survey of Luzerne County. Using DeskpaintTM (Zedcor, Inc.), I then coded the mapping units into four colors based on the drainage class of the soil. The image from the USGS topographic map was also scanned, electronically superimposed on the color-enhanced soil map, and saved as a PICT file. The composite image can then be printed using a color printer. A prototype map was created for the region surrounding Harvey's Lake and is now successfully used by borough officials for planning.

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