These data represent: species diversity, critical habitats, rare and protected ecosystems, conservation and management designations, historic landmarks, substrate limitations, earthquake potential, karst potential, landslide potential, ponding frequency and wetland potential, chemical and environmental risks, fire frequency, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) flood hazards, water quality, and topographic and terrain indices. The derived data provided here encompass the contiguous United States (CONUS) to provide consistent information across regional, state and other socio-political planning boundaries. However, local data, such as species inventories or habitat maps, may provide important details for planning and implementation; differences in content and resolution of information precluded using local data in this project. When available, finer resolution data and local knowledge may be combined with the distributions and indices provided here to improve representation and understanding of potential interactions between land-use and important species and resources.
A general overview for each dataset can be found in the READ_ME PDF.
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Original FGDC Metadata