Updated: 01/10/2014 5:20 PM
Created: 01/10/2014 11:58 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
The Department of Natural Resources created a new mobile website aimed at helping Minnesotans enjoy the state's many different lands, parks and forests.
The DNR announced it is now available on mobile devices, such as phones and tablets, at a roundtable meeting on Friday.
The "Recreation Compass" uses mapping technologies to compile information on the many different public lands in Minnesota. The goal is to make the information about the recreational areas more accessible to the public.
The Recreation Compass has been available on desktop and laptop computers since 1998, but the mobile version was developed in 2013 and has been tested extensively since last August.
The site features more than 5.5 million acres of public lands administered as state forest, wildlife management areas, state parks and recreation areas, waterfowl production areas, aquatic management areas, and scientific and natural areas, state trails, including water trails, Walk-In access areas, hunter walking trails and nearly 3,000 public water access sites.
The agency opted to create the service as a mobile website instead of an app because a mobile website is device independent and can be easily updated and maintained. The mobile website runs on most programs a modern web browser.