GIS Metadata notes for AMJV Bird Habitat Conservation Areas (BHCA)Kirsten Luke GIS Specialist, Atlantic Coast Joint VentureCreated October 18, 2007Updated December 28, 2007Updated March 20, 2008Base data:a) Meeting Maps and excel spreadsheets from the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Technical Committee Meeting August 7- 9th 2007 b) National Land Cover Database (NLCD) 2001c) ESRI Street Map d) Federal Land : National Atlas Federal Lands Layer (2004) - these I believe are proclamation boundaries not actual fed land ownership boundariese) Protected Areas: Conservation Biology Institute Protected Areas Database (CBI -PAD) version 4. Land ownership boundaries - not proclamation boundaries.f) Audubon IBA's (2007)BHCA...
HU-8 basins attributed with various attributes related to identifying conservation opportunities within the Mississippi River Basin. See field map below. Field Name Description flag For internal use during data processing. 2 = Upper Missouri Basin (10U); 77 = Cedar River Basin Initiative; 88 = Fishers & Farmers Initiative; 7788 = (Priority for both Cedar River and Fishers & Farmers); 66 = Ohio River Basin FHP; 333 = Kansas WRAPS Priority MRBI "1" if identified as a priority by the NRCS' Mississippi river Basin Initiative, "0" if not. NWQI "1" if identified as a priority by the National Water Quality Initiative, "0" if not. HumDim "1" if intersecting a Human Dimension Study county, "0" if not. Dakotas...
Estimated number of breeding pairs of Horned lark based on the amount of grass, trees, and/or hay in the landscape. Landscape scale varied from 1/4- to 2-mile radius depending on the species. Pair estimates were calculated for grass patches >=1 ha, extrapolated to 40-ac cells, then smoothed by averaging over a 1-mile radius. Models were based on point count surveys conducted in 2003-2005 throughout the Tallgrass Prairie Pothole Region. Point count locations were stratified by cover type, the amount of grass in the landscape, and USFWS Wetland Management District boundaries. Landcover data were derived from 2000 Thematic Mapper imagery. Grid values = number of breeding pairs per 30-m pixel.
National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) emergent wetland (PEM) features, within the Mississippi River Basin, at least 1 acre in size extracted from NWI state datasets.
Areas with slopes at least 10% or higher (NED 30-m) within the MRB/GHI Water Quality Priority Zone.
Conservation Opportunity Areas are places in Wisconsin that contain ecological features, natural communities, or Species of Greatest Conservation Need habitat for which Wisconsin has a unique responsibility for protecting.
NRCS Landscape Conservation Initiatives (including RCPP Critical Conservation Areas) overlapping the Mississippi River Basin. Data Layers: Targeted Monarch Butterfly Effort Targeted Honeybee Effort Driftless Area Initiative Gulf of Mexico Initiative Illinois River Sub-Basin and Eucha-Spavinaw Lake Watershed Initiative Ogallala Aquifer Initiative Longleaf Pine Initiative Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative Northern Plains Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative Prairie Pothole Wetland and Grassland Retention Project Working Lands for Wildlife - Species Focal Areas RCPP Critical Conservation Area - Longleaf Pine RCPP Critical Conservation Area - Miss. River Basin RCPP Critical Conservation Area - Prairie Grasslands
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Comprehensive Fish and Wildlife Conservation Strategy - Tier One Aquatic Focus Areas. Focus Areas were developed using USGS 8-digit Hydrologic Units (HUC) as base layer. Each HUC was ranked using both quantitative and qualitative criteria and using the ranks revised based on peer review and expert opinion. For methodology relating to this ranking please visit the Montana Comprehensive Fish and Wildlife Management Strategy website at http://fwp.mt.gov/specieshabitat/strategy/default.html. In some cases adjacent HUCs were combined to form an aquatic focus area.
High Opportunity Areas for Cooperative Conservation Actions - Data layers representing a broad array of wildlife and biodiversity plans, programs and priority areas prepared by natural resource entities were combined to identify priority areas for conservation actions. The areas on the map indicate areas identified as a priority for action by one or more of the plans referenced above. Darker shading/higher values indicate(s) areas where progressively more of the plans have overlapping priorities and indicate where partnering to maximize the effect of resources should be possible.
This dataset displays polygon data for Global Important Bird Areas in the Mississippi River Basin.From its start in Europe in the 1980s, the Important Bird Areas concept has been a success, leading to the recognition and protection of some 3,500 sites worldwide. American Bird Conservancy's Important Bird Areas Program was launched in 1995 and has concentrated on identifying and documenting the very top sites throughout all 50 states - those of significance on a global level. Many kinds of sites are represented: National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks and Forests, state lands, conservation organization lands, and some private lands. Some of these sites are important because they are links along a migratory pathway....
Mississippi River Basin-wide restoration (wetland/prairie/forest) opportunities for the Grazing production system.
Extent and approximate location of historic wetland habitats in Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Partial state coverage in Minnesota and South Dakota. NWI data last updated as of 1 May 2016. Data accessed 11 July 2016.
Proxy herbaceous land (Grassland/Pasture & Other Hay/Non-Alfalfa classes) patches, minimum size - 10 acres, from the 2013 Cropland Data Layer within the Mississippi River Basin and used to evaluate landscape context of grazing land. May include pasture or hay lands in addition to native grasslands.
Bottomlands of large rivers within the Mississippi River Basin. Derived by combining the Mississippi alluvial plain with natural floodplains created by the Scientific Assessment and Strategy Team for the Upper Mississippi, and statewide floodplain coverages where available. While the Mississippi alluvial plain is not entirely bottomland (e.g. Crowley's Ridge), excluding these non-bottomland areas from analysis would exclude opportunities to expand existing forest patches and enhance connectivity. NOTE: Floodplain coverage in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri is incomplete due to incomplete data availability as of October 2016.
This represents historical reference conditions for old tallgrass and wet prairie areas. Thus, offers information toward ecological land management efforts.These data represent the areas that the US GLO land surveyors and French/Spanish surveyors considered to be prairie in Missouri.
National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) forested wetland (PFO) features, within the Mississippi River Basin, at least 1 acre in size extracted from NWI state datasets.
Conservation Opportunity Areas are places in Illinois: with significant existing or potential wildlife and habitat resources; where partners are willing to plan, implement, and evaluate conservation actions; where financial and human resources are available; and where conservation is motivated by an agreed-upon conservation purpose and set of objectives.To create a list of places in the state fitting this description, scientists with Illinois Natural History Survey identified priority areas for conservation, using a variety of tools, such as Audubon’s Important Bird Areas and The Nature Conservancy’s portfolio sites. The centerpiece of their analyses, however, was a dataset showing the state’s key blocks of habitat...
The Wildlife Action Network is composed of mapped terrestrial and aquatic habitats, buffers, and connectors that represent a diversity of quality habitats that support Species in Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). The Network is made up of mapped habitat representing viable or persistent populations and “richness hotspots” of Species in Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). Added to this information are other data on the relative condition of habitat including spatially prioritized and connected Sites of Biodiversity Significance, Lakes of Biological Significance, and Streams with “exceptional” Indices of Biological Integrity. Consideration should be given to projects or activities that could result in the loss, degradation...
River Conservation Opportunity Areas represent areas of the state where organizations and individuals working on the conservation of SGCN and their habitat would be most likely to successfully implement the conservation actions summarized in the Wildlife Action Plan for taxonomic and natural community groups. Providing information to help people make decisions about “where” to implement conservation actions is an important related aspect of conservation actions. Although most COAs have been given boundaries, they are indeed “fuzzy”, meaning their application can vary considerably according to context or conditions and they are not fixed or definitive—they will move, depending on the objectives.
The U.S. Forest Service and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service are working together to improve the health of forests where public and private lands meet. Through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership, the two USDA agencies are restoring landscapes, reducing wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protecting water quality and enhancing wildlife habitat. More information: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nj/home/?cid=stelprdb1244394