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MBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance

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Metadata created using Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines


Metadata Summary

Originator The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Abstract This data layer represents areas with varying levels of native biodiversity that may contain high quality native plant communities, rare plants, rare animals, and/or animal aggregations. Initially, boundaries of sites are determined by review of aerial photography in order to identify potential areas of native biodiversity based on native vegetation. In subsequent field investigations, MBS assesses the ecological characteristics of the site and the presence of rare species. A biodiversity significance rank is assigned on the basis of the number of rare species, the quality of the native plant communities, size of the site, and context within the landscape. Following field investigations, site boundaries sometimes are revised, or sites added, to incorporate critical habitat for rare plants and rare animals. In these instances, the quality of native plant communities is not the primary criteria for ranking the site. MBS Sites that are found to be disturbed are retained in the layer as negative data and are given the Biodiversity Significance rank of "Below." Those disturbed areas within MBS Sites and all areas outside MBS Sites are lands where native plant communities have been seriously altered or destroyed by human activities such as farming, recent logging, draining, and development.
Use Tips Data is available for counties where the MCBS work has been completed and published. Data is added as field work is verified, biodiversity significance ranks are established, and data are published. Data for previously completed counties are not regularly updated, except to correct for errors.
Browse Graphic View a sample of the data.
Time Period of Content Date 1980 - Present
Currentness Reference The data are current, by county, to the publication date of the County Biological Survey data for that county.
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints Users must include in any product derived from this GIS data set an acknowledgment of the Minnesota County Biological Survey as the source of information. In addition, in order to protect DNR's copyright interest in these data, the user must also include an appropriate copyright notice in the name of the DNR or the user.
Distributor Organization Minnesota DNR - Division of Ecological Resources - Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Program
Ordering Instructions See Online Linkage or Distribution Contact
Online Linkage http://deli.dnr.state.mn.us/


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MBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance

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1. Identification Information
2. Data Quality Information
3. Spatial Data Organization Information
4. Spatial Reference Information
5. Entity and Attribute Information
6. Distribution Information
7. Metadata Reference Information

 
Section 1 Identification Information   Top of page
Originator The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Title MBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance
Abstract This data layer represents areas with varying levels of native biodiversity that may contain high quality native plant communities, rare plants, rare animals, and/or animal aggregations. Initially, boundaries of sites are determined by review of aerial photography in order to identify potential areas of native biodiversity based on native vegetation. In subsequent field investigations, MBS assesses the ecological characteristics of the site and the presence of rare species. A biodiversity significance rank is assigned on the basis of the number of rare species, the quality of the native plant communities, size of the site, and context within the landscape. Following field investigations, site boundaries sometimes are revised, or sites added, to incorporate critical habitat for rare plants and rare animals. In these instances, the quality of native plant communities is not the primary criteria for ranking the site. MBS Sites that are found to be disturbed are retained in the layer as negative data and are given the Biodiversity Significance rank of "Below." Those disturbed areas within MBS Sites and all areas outside MBS Sites are lands where native plant communities have been seriously altered or destroyed by human activities such as farming, recent logging, draining, and development.
Use Tips Data is available for counties where the MCBS work has been completed and published. Data is added as field work is verified, biodiversity significance ranks are established, and data are published. Data for previously completed counties are not regularly updated, except to correct for errors.
Purpose To track information on sites that have been surveyed by the Minnesota County Biological Survey so that areas of statewide biodiversity significance can be given priority for preservation.
Time Period of Content Date 1980 - Present
Currentness Reference The data are current, by county, to the publication date of the County Biological Survey data for that county.
Progress In Work
Maintenance and Update Frequency As Needed
Spatial Extent of Data Data is available for counties where them MCBS work has been completed and published. This data set is considered the "state-wide" version. Additional county data are added as field work is verified, biodiversity significance ranks are established, and data are published.
Bounding Coordinates -97.5
-89
49.5
43
Place Keywords Minnesota
Theme Keywords MCBS Sites, Native Plant Communities, Rare Species, Rare Plants, Natural Heritage, Biological Survey, biota
Theme Keyword Thesaurus None
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints Users must include in any product derived from this GIS data set an acknowledgment of the Minnesota County Biological Survey as the source of information. In addition, in order to protect DNR's copyright interest in these data, the user must also include an appropriate copyright notice in the name of the DNR or the user.
Contact Person Information Carmen Converse, MCBS Supervisor
Minnesota DNR - Division of Ecological Resources
Box 25 500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025
Phone: 651-259-5083
FAX: 651-296-1811
E-mail:
Browse Graphic View a sample of the data.
Browse Graphic File Description MCBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance in the Glacial Lakes State Park area. Shown with County Highway Map overlay.
Associated Data Sets

 
Section 2 Data Quality Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Attribute Accuracy Source table MCBS_SBSPY3.DBF: Attribute values are subjected to a quality control process.
Logical Consistency
Completeness Data are complete for each county represented in the data set.
Horizontal Positional Accuracy Source layer mnsbspy3: No quantitative studies of horizontal positional accuracy exist for the data. Positional accuracy can be reasonably estimated based on the characteristics of source materials and processing techniques to be 45 - 60 feet (14 - 18 meters) from correct position.
Vertical Positional Accuracy Source layer mnsbspy3: Not Applicable
Lineage Attribute Lineage for source table MCBS_SBSPY3.DBF: The data have been automated using either ArcView or ArcGIS.
Source Scale Denominator Source layer mnsbspy3: 24000
 
Section 3 Spatial Data Organization Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Native Data Set Environment ArcView Shapefile
Geographic Reference for Tabular Data Not Applicable
Spatial Object Type vector
Vendor Specific Object Types polygon
Tiling Scheme state
 
Section 4 Spatial Reference Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Horizontal Coordinate Scheme UTM
Ellipsoid GRS1980
Horizontal Datum NAD83
Horizontal Units meters
Distance Resolution Source layer mnsbspy3: No quantitative studies of horizontal positional accuracy exist for the data. Positional accuracy can be reasonably estimated based on the characteristics of source materials and processing techniques to be 45 - 60 feet (14 - 18 meters) from correct position.
Altitude Datum Not Applicable
Altitude Units Not Applicable
Depth Datum Not Applicable
Depth Units Not Applicable
Cell Width
Cell Height
Latitude Resolution
Longitude Resolution
UTM Zone Number 15
SPCS Zone Identifier
County Coordinate Zone Identifier
Coordinate Offsets or Adjustments Not Applicable
Map Projection Name Transverse Mercator
Map Projection Parameters Not Applicable
Other Coordinate System's Definition Not Applicable
 
Section 5 Entity and Attribute Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Entity and Attribute Overview Data Elements for Attribute Table MCBS_SBSPY3.DBF:

OBJECTID: the unique value

SITE: MCBS site number

SITE_NAME: MCBS name for the site

SUBSITE: MCBS subsite number (subsites may be created when portions of a site are substantially different in biodiversity significance)

CTYSITE: concatenation of COUNTY and SITE values

BIODIV_SIG: biodiversity significance rank

DESCR: biodiversity significance in descriptive format

COUNTY: two digit county code

AREA: area in square meters

PERIMETER: perimeter in meters

ACRES: U.S. acres

Entity and Attribute Detailed Citation
Value Domain for Data Element BIODIV_SIG:
Outstanding = Sites containing the best occurrences of the rarest species, the most outstanding examples of the rarest native plant communities, and/or the largest, most intact functional landscapes.
High = Sites containing very good quality occurrences of the rarest species, high-quality examples of rare native plant communities, and/or important functional landscapes.
Moderate = Sites containing occurrences of rare species and/or moderately disturbed native plant communities, and/or landscapes that have a strong potential for recovery.
Below = Sites below minimum biodiversity threshold for statewide significance. These sites lack occurrences of rare species or natural features or do not meet MCBS standards for Outstanding, High, or Moderate rank. These sites may include areas of conservation value at the local level, such as habitat for native plants and animals, corridors for animal movements, buffers surrounding high quality natural areas, or areas with high potential for restoration of native habitat.

Value Domain for Data Element COUNTY:
1 = Aitkin
2 = Anoka
3 = Becker
4 = Beltrami
5 = Benton
6 = Big Stone
7 = Blue Earth
8 = Brown
9 = Carlton
10 = Carver
11 = Cass
12 = Chippewa
13 = Chisago
14 = Clay
15 = Clearwater
16 = Cook
17 = Cottonwood
18 = Crow Wing
19 = Dakota
20 = Dodge
21 = Douglas
22 = Faribault
23 = Fillmore
24 = Freeborn
25 = Goodhue
26 = Grant
27 = Hennepin
28 = Houston
29 = Hubbard
30 = Isanti
31 = Itasca
32 = Jackson
33 = Kanabec
34 = Kandiyohi
35 = Kittson
36 = Koochiching
37 = Lac Qui Parle
38 = Lake
39 = Lake of the Woods
40 = Le Sueur
41 = Lincoln
42 = Lyon
43 = McLeod
44 = Mahnomen
45 = Marshall
46 = Martin
47 = Meeker
48 = Mille Lacs
49 = Morrison
50 = Mower
51 = Murray
52 = Nicollet
53 = Nobles
54 = Norman
55 = Olmsted
56 = Otter Tail
57 = Pennington
58 = Pine
59 = Pipestone
60 = Polk
61 = Pope
62 = Ramsey
63 = Red Lake
64 = Redwood
65 = Renville
66 = Rice
67 = Rock
68 = Roseau
69 = St. Louis
70 = Scott
71 = Sherburne
72 = Sibley
73 = Stearns
74 = Steele
75 = Stevens
76 = Swift
77 = Todd
78 = Traverse
79 = Wabasha
80 = Wadena
81 = Waseca
82 = Washington
83 = Watonwan
84 = Wilkin
85 = Winona
86 = Wright
87 = Yellow Medicine
 
Section 6 Distribution Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Publisher The Minnesota County Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources
Publication Date 2000-01-01 00:00:00.0
Contact Person Information Lisa Joyal
NHIS Data Distribution Coordinator
Minnesota DNR - Division of Ecological Resources - Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Program
500 Lafayette Road, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 651-259-5109
FAX: 651-296-1811
E-mail:
Distributor's Data Set Identifier mcbs_sbspy3
Distribution Liability The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources makes no representation or warranties, express or implied, with respect to the reuse of data provided herewith, regardless of its format or the means of its transmission. There is no guarantee or representation to the user as to the accuracy, currency, suitability, or reliability of this data for any purpose. The user accepts the data ''as is'', and assumes all risks associated with its use. By accepting this data, the user agrees not to transmit this data or provide access to it or any part of it to another party unless the user shall include with the data a copy of this disclaimer. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources assumes no responsibility for actual or consequential damage incurred as a result of any user''s reliance on this data.
Transfer Format Name Shapefile
Transfer Format Version Number Not Applicable
Transfer Size 30000
Ordering Instructions See Online Linkage or Distribution Contact
Online Linkage http://deli.dnr.state.mn.us/
 
Section 7 Metadata Reference Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Metadata Date 2013-04-04 10:33:18.0
Contact Person Information Carmen Converse, MCBS Supervisor
Minnesota DNR - Division of Ecological Resources
Box 25 500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025
Phone: 651-259-5083
FAX: 651-296-1811
E-mail:
Metadata Standard Name Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Metadata Standard Version 1.2
Metadata Standard Online Linkage http://www.gis.state.mn.us/stds/metadata.htm



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