Keyhole Markup Language (KML) is an XML language focused on geographic visualization, including annotation of maps and images. KML files can be viewed with several software programs including ArcGIS Explorer and Google Earth*.
If using Google Earth, it is recommended that you always load the file and open Google Earth by selecting the link below to ensure that you use the latest version. Please note that Google Earth version 6.0, or higher, is required to run this file.
(last modified on July 13, 2017)
If Google Earth fails to launch automatically, the file can also be used by first launching the Google Earth application. Save the .kml file to your computer, then select the menu option File, Open, locate the previously downloaded file (WetlandsData.kml), then click the Open button.
It is extremely important that U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) employees appropriately use Google mapping software and understand its limitations and uses. There are many situations where Google mapping software can be a useful and productive tool to aid our work. FWS staff should understand the appropriate application and use of Google software. Please view this document for more information; (PDF) or visit this FWS Sharepoint site for more Google use information.