Best tools for making layered permaculture design maps?

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Brainstormed List:
  • isometric paper and transparent overlays
  • autocad (expensive software for architects)
  • Google Maps and Google Earth 
  • google sketchup (free to use)
  • GIMP, Inkscape, LibreOffice Draw  (best opensource software)
  • quantum GIS - best opensource Geographical Information System
  • Yardmap project -
  • Mindmapping and

Layers to incorporate:

  • aerial photos,
  • lot boundaries,
  • elevation data,
  • soil maps,
  • sun exposure
  • wind flow
  • water flow
  • walkability
  • own unpublished information 


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edited by offers workshops and complete GIS service for Permaculture Designers has excellent examples of permaculture designs using layered maps

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