Vermillion and the Whitefish Point-Two Hearted country, Michigan
This is a website for my land and the surrounding country near Vermillion (Also spelled 'Vermilion', one L, but that's not how they spelled it originally, nor how I spell it!) and Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, Michigan.
So far it's got several parts, as follows:
1. Maps (mostly satellite & aerial imagery) for my land, Vermillion, and the WP-2H country:
Use the controls above the maps to view manually or
automatically in sequence. If the maps are too big and
you can't see both the controls and views on the screen,
hit F11 for fullscreen to make more space.
There are about 50 in the first set, last added to in October 2012; about 35 or so in the new 2015 set, and a dozen or two in the 2006 set. They're at four different scales - from zoomed in on my land (1:3k) to the area encompassing the entire 'Whitefish Point & Two-Hearted country' (1:130k); which is Whitefish Point and west to Muskallonge Lake and south to the Tahquamenon. They're all the same size (the scale bar changes appropriately). They might jump a little between maps due to precision of the georeferencing of the imagery and/or software oddities in the programs I created them with. Lots of detail in those big versions to look over though!
It's fun to see how the land changes from year to year - note esp. the large increase in forest cutting 1992-2005, but also the forest growth rates 1992-2011. I've got aerial photos back to the 1950s to add later for a much longer view - but have to georeference them first to go on the maps. Will even add the original 1850's land survey maps here - they're beautiful! (see one here for my section; 50mb)
2. 2012 Duck Lake Fire maps:
3. For more information on Vermillion:
Here is T. L. Hankinson's 'Results of the Shiras expeditions to Whitefish Point, Michigan', with many old photos of the landscapes at Vermillion ca. 191x!
See the vikipedia article, to which I've added a bit.
And here is forestry information from the MI DNR for this area: lots of info in the reports if you know how to interpret it. The MI website addressing is awful, so when this link breaks (it will; I update it from time to time, last 2015.03) go DNR > Forests, Land & Water > Newberry Management Unit
4. For more information on the Duck Lake Fire (DLF)
and Sleeper Lake Fire (SLF), see:
5. For information on the NBR and NDVI analysis
used for the fire maps, here are good overviews with
6. About the map web page display:
The DLF and SLF fire perimeter shapefiles were supplied by the Michigan DNR, Newberry Forest Unit.
7. What's this all about?
So far there's just these general maps & the Duck Lake Fire maps, but I'm busy (off and on) working on the design and data for the WP-2H atlas. Expect some thematic maps sooner or later.