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FWC terminates imagery program

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced the imagery service named “FWC_Imagery,” which provides access to the statewide aerial photography collected by Florida’s Departments of Revenue and Transportation on a rotating 3 year schedule will be terminated as of May 31, 2018. In the past, FWC has hosted the imagery service because neither FDOT or FDOR had the resources to serve out the imagery.

Recently, FDOT has provided all the most recent imagery to Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), through their Community Maps Program to be served out as part of the ArcGIS Online World Imagery basemap. ESRI is an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications. The company is headquartered in Redlands, California.

When adding the World Imagery basemap into ArcMap, the imagery in the FWC_Imagery service begin to display at the 1:216,671 scale and are clearly visible down past the 1:500 scale.

Because the imagery is now available through other free means, FWC will no longer provide the FWC_Imagery service as of May 31, 2018.

To access these data in the future, an ArcGis Online Account must be established. For this, one may either use a pre-existing ArcGIS Online Organizational account, or create a new account and sign up for the free ArcGIS Online Public Account by visiting

1. In ArcMap, click on the drop down arrow next to the “Add Data Button” and choose “Add Basemap.”
2. In the “Add Basemap: pop-up window, choose either the “Imagery” or “Imagery with Labels” option and click “Add.”

3. Zoom to your area of interest between 1:500 – 1:216,671 scale and the FDOT and FDOR 1 foot plus imagery should display.
If a few select imagery tiles / scenes or county wide imagery is needed for work in a disconnection environment (to view off-line) download the 1ft. imagery from the Florida Department of Transportation APlus system or download the 1m resolution countywide data from the National Agricultural Imagery Program. Choose your county of interest by using the NAIP File NAME ID list. For more information email