- Software: QGIS 2.6-2.14
- Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac
This came up from the tutorial on the National Map. The USDA also published WMS Services that change every year as new imagery is published. The services are stored here: http://gis.apfo.usda.gov/arcgis/rest/services/NAIP
Clicking on a State Name will give you a link that you can add to QGIS to view the imagery:
Clicking on the above highlighted link will give you: http://gis.apfo.usda.gov/arcgis/services/NAIP/Alabama_2013_1m/ImageServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS Which can be added to QGIS.
If you want to do this a bit easier:
- Open QGIS.
- Click Here. Click the Download as zip button on the lower right hand side of the page.
3. Extract the Zip Files. Notice there is one for each state.
4. On your Manage Layers toolbar click the WMS/WMTS Button
5. When the Add Layers Menu opens click load. Select a state of your choice. Click OK. Click Import.
6. Select that State from the pulldown widget on the main Add Layers menu. Click Connect. Please select PNG, JPEG, or SVG Encoding. TIFF seems to present the WMS as a 4 band layer and it doesn’t display properly.
7. Hopefully you will see the following:
NOTE: These are static files pointing to a “dynamic” service. These layers change every year – not all but some. So what you need may be out of date. If so send me an email or leave a message on GitHub. Right now that is the easiest place for me to keep up with these XML files.