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Oregon Crucial Habitat Assessment

Identification Information


Citation
Originator: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Publish Date: February 26, 2014
Online Link: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/compass/index.asp
Contact Information
Agency: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Name: Arthur Rodriguez
Job Position: GIS Analyst, Oregon Conservation Strategy
Telephone: 503-947-0126
E-Mail Address: Arthur.H.Rodriguez@state.or.us
Description
Abstract: This layer serves as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) component of the Western Governors' Association Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (WGA CHAT), which is a result of coordination among state fish and wildlife agencies throughout the Western United States. This dataset is intended to improve understanding of fish and wildlife habitat priorities throughout Oregon, and can be useful for state-specific queries. Note that this data was updated in February, 2014 to fix an issue found in the Terrestrial Species of Economic and Recreational Importance aggregation methods. As a result, this data may not match exactly with the data currently available on the WGA CHAT site (http://westgovchat.org/).
Purpose: Crucial habitat data can be used to facilitate landscape decision-making in the early stages of land use project planning, and to facilitate efforts to identify important areas for conservation using regionally consistent analyses and data definitions.
Time Period of Content: Last updated February, 2014
Geographic Extent: Oregon
Status: Final
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Use Constraints: Data is presented at a landscape-scale and is not intended to establish specific boundaries for site-specific planning, regulation, or acquisition. See metadata documentation for additional use limitations.
Format: GIS shapefile
Data Quality Information


Lineage-Source: Crucial habitat was analyzed using a variety of data input layer sources and aggregation methods. Documentation of all data sources and methodologies can be found online at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/compass/data.asp.
Entity and Attribute Information


Attributes Description: Please see the Oregon Crucial Habitat Metadata Spreadsheet for details on how each crucial habitat layer was compiled and analyzed. Basic definitions of the attributes contained in this dataset are provided here. All attributes are ranked on a scale of 1-6 indicating a component of crucial habitat, where 1 represents areas "most crucial," or those areas that most closely meet the definition of crucial habitat based on the WGWC definitions; and 6 represents "least crucial" areas, or those areas that least closely meet the definition of crucial habitat based on the WGWC definitions. Values of 9999 indicate that data is unavailable for this hexagon. Field definitions: ch_rank (Crucial Habitat): Places that are likely to provide the natural resources important to aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, including species of concern, as well as hunting and fishing species. This is the defaul layer shown in the WGA CHAT online map (http://westgovchat.org/map). ter_rank (Terrestrial Crucial Habitat): Places that are likely to provide the natural resources important to terrestrial wildlife species (most likely any non-fish species), including species of concern, as well as hunting and fishing species. aq_rank (Aquatic Crucial Habitat): Places that are likely to provide the natural resources important to aquatic (primarily fish) species, including species of concern, as well as hunting and fishing species. ter_soc (Terrestrial Species of Concern): Species of state and/or national conservation importance that occur on land. May include birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects, plants and invertebrates. aq_soc (Aquatic Species of Concern): Species of state and/or national conservation importance that occur in water. May include native freshwater and anadromous fishes; freshwater mussels and snails; crayfish; fairy, clam or tadpole shrimps; and aquatic insects. soc (Species of Concern): Was not utilized in the Oregon crucial habitat analysis, so all values are coded as null (9999). ls_cond (Landscape Condition): Was not utilized in the Oregon crucial habitat analysis, so all values are coded as null (9999). intact_ls (Intact Landscapes, or Large Natural Areas): Large Intact Blocks or other dataset that identifies large areas of native habitat that are relatively intact or have low levels of anthropogenic impact. nat_veg (Natural Vegetation Communities): Dataset mapping natural vegetation communities of conservation concern, which may include clusters or patches of a natural community. States may have their own datasets mapping natural communities, or may have used the WGA Landscape Integrity Workgroups’ Ecological Systems of Concern map. ls_corr (Landscape Corridors, or Connectivity): Landscape - scale permeability or connectivity. States may have used their own dataset mapping connectivity, or may have used the WGA Landscape Integrity Workgroup’s map of Important Connectivity Zones. ls_merge (Landscape Condition Summary): Was not utilized in the Oregon crucial habitat analysis, so all values are coded as null (9999). fh2o_int (Freshwater Integrity): Measure of freshwater habitat condition, typically including landscape variables and land use variables that are known to impact aquatic ecological systems. wet_rip (Wetland and/or Riparian Habitat Distribution): Areas that represent unique and/or sensitive environments and function to support animal and plant diversity with respect to wildlife objectives and connectivity. spp_corr (Species or Wildlife Corridors): Was not utilized in the Oregon crucial habitat analysis, so all values are coded as null (9999). ter_seri (Terrestrial Species of Economic and/or Recreational Importance): Terrestrial game species especially if habitat needs are not already covered by mapping "Species of concern". aq_seri (Aquatic Species of Economic and/or Recreational Importance): Was not utilized in the Oregon crucial habitat analysis, so all values are coded as null (9999). seri (Species of Economic and/or Recreational Importance): Was not utilized in the Oregon crucial habitat analysis, so all values are coded as null (9999). otherA: Additional attributes provided from state specific data sources, or analysis. In the case of Oregon, this field represents areas contained within Oregon Conservation Strategy Conservation Opportunity Areas.

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