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Livingston County launches historical aerial mapping app

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Livingston County has launched an innovative mapping application, “Livingston County Air Photos Through Time,” in a collaborative effort with the Livingston County Soil & Water Conservation District (LCSWCD) and SUNY Geneseo.

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The digital platform, which was announced on November 8, 2023, offers users an unprecedented look at the changing landscapes of the region by pairing historical aerial photographs with current satellite images.

The app presents a comparative visual journey starting from 1938 through various years up to 2015, using a slider tool to juxtapose past and present views of the same location. Heather Ferrero, Deputy Planning Director, stated, “This new tool really shows the extraordinary changes our County has undergone over the years.” The project aims to both preserve the historical vistas of Livingston County and showcase them through modern technology.

The mapping tool’s development was facilitated by the meticulous efforts of Dr. Stephen Tulowiecki and his SUNY Geneseo Geography department students, who processed the 1938 aerial photos provided by Bob Stryker of the LCSWCD. Subsequent images from the New York Statewide Digital Orthoimagery Program were incorporated by the County’s mapping consultant, Geocove, Inc., completing the app’s extensive visual timeline. Available for public use, this educational resource serves as a bridge connecting the community to its geographical history.