Nature Preserves, Land and Water Reserves, and Natural Heritage Landmarks in Illinois

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Originator:
Tara Kieninger (ed.), Illinois Natural Heritage Database Program
Publication_Date: 2006
Title:
Nature Preserves, Land and Water Reserves, and Natural Heritage Landmarks in Illinois
Edition: 1.0
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Map
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Springfield, IL USA
Publisher: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
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This data set depicts the location of lands in Illinois that are enrolled in the following Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC) land protection programs: Nature Preserves, Land and Water Reserves, and Natural Heritage Landmarks. As of 11/21/05, the Illinois Nature Preserves program provides permanent, legal protection to over 44,000 acres of high quality natural areas through dedication of over 330 sites with the INPC. The Illinois Land and Water Reserve program provides a more relaxed form of protection, either for a designated number of years or in perpetuity, for over 120 sites that support significant natural heritage or archaeological resources totaling more than 35,600 acres through registration with the INPC. The Natural Heritage Landmark Program is a voluntary recognition program that introduces a landowner to the concept of natural area protection and allows the state to assist with management of the natural area. There are 203 Natural Heritage Landmarks in Illinois comprising over 6,000 acres. Lands in INPC land protection programs are mapped as polygons using a custom ArcView 3.x mapping application called Biotics 4, which was designed by NatureServe. Boundaries are digitized based on hard copy maps provided by field staff, not from legal descriptions. Thus, the polygons represent the approximate boundaries of these lands.
Purpose:
These data are maintained and utilized by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in order to provide current biodiversity and conservation information to assist with environmental review, natural resource management, conservation planning, biological and ecological research, land acquisition, and general scientific reference. These data are appropriate for use on local and regional thematic analysis within Illinois.
Supplemental_Information: Data are in ArcView shapefile format.
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Ending_Date: Present
Currentness_Reference:
Data is current as of the date is it exported from the Natural Heritage Database
Status:
Progress: In work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: Continually
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -90.2527
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -89.7489
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 38.2271
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 38.1158
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Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: Nature Preserve
Theme_Keyword: Land and Water Reserve
Theme_Keyword: Natural Heritage Landmark
Theme_Keyword: Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
Theme_Keyword: preserve
Theme_Keyword: reserve
Theme_Keyword: landmark
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Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: Illinois
Place_Keyword: USA
Access_Constraints:
Heritage data is only for the intended use of the individual or organization who requested it. This database and accompanying files may not be distributed in any way without the consent of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Illinois Natural Heritage Database (INHD) Program. Use of the data is subject to the terms of a Data License Agreement (DLA) or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) developed between the Natural Heritage Database Program and the information requestor. Hence, the enclosed data are CONFIDENTIAL AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. Data provided will be limited to the minimal geographic scale needed, may only be used for the project specified in the DLA or MOU, and is time limited. The user must comply with any additional criteria specified in the DLA or MOU. If other individuals or agencies are interested in these data, contact INHD's Program Manager directly at (217)782-2685.
Use_Constraints:
These data are strictly "on loan" and should be considered "works in progress". Publication, reproduction, or redistribution of the data set or products derived therefrom to parties not covered in the DLA or MOU is expressly forbidden without the consent of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) Natural Heritage Database (INHD)Program. In any publication that is approved, licensee agrees to cite the source of the data as such: Illinois Natural Heritage Database Program. 2005. Element Occurrence Data for Endangered Species and Rare Resources in Illinois. Biodiversity Tracking and Conservation System (Biotics). Department of Natural Resources, State of Illinois. Data exported 05/05/2005. The element occurrence data is a product and property of the Illinois Natural Heritage Database Program, Illinois Department of Natural Resources. INHD data are supplemental and care should be taken in interpreting these data. INHD data include spatial, tabular, and narrative components. While element locations are defined by spatial components, the tabular and narrative components define quality and usability of the EO record. To ensure accurate application of the INHD data, tabular and narrative components must be evaluated in conjunction with spatial components. The user may also need to consult with the INHD program for clarification. Failure to do so constitutes misuse of the data. Data users must ensure that all data products present the data in a way that will not compromise any species populations; therefore the data users shall: (1) not display specific locational data for any endangered or threatened species, but shall at most indicate that there is a sensitive species at a specific area, or (2) randomize within a USGS Quadrangle the precise location of an endangered or threatened species, or (3) for an endangered or threatened species occurrence with a precise location, the data users should display the area at a scale at which the user cannot tell where the species is located on the ground. Users should obtain permission from the INHD Program before displaying endangered and threatened species data in such a way that individual species locations can be pinpointed. Upon expiration of the DLA or MOU, the user will deleted the dataset from their active computer system(s) and shall not generate new maps, risk assessments, data analyses, or other products after that date. If all parties agree, the user has the option to extend use of the dataset by extending the term of or renewing the DLA or MOU and receiving an updated version of the dataset from the INHD Program. Receipt of this data does not negate IDNR's Endangered Species Consulation process. These data should not be regarded as substitute for on-site surveys required or environmental assessments. Absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence. Absence of any data does not mean the other resources of special concern do not occur, but rather INHD has not received and/or entered this information in order to document its presence. The data contained herein are provided on an as-is, as-available basis without warranties of any kind, expressed or implied. INHD and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources expressly disclaim any warranty that the data are error-free or current as of the date supplied. Receipt of data does not negate IDNR's endangered species consultation process, where applicable. User should be aware that the electronic portion of the data is only a representation of the more extensive information available in manual files. IDNR cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the data set, rather than can only summarize the information known to the INHD Program at the time of the agreement or understanding.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:
Illinois Natural Heritage Database Program, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Contact_Person: Tara Kieninger
Contact_Position: Database Program Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: One Natural Resources Way
City: Springfield
State_or_Province: IL
Postal_Code: 62702
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (217)782-2685
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (217)785-2438
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: tkieninger@dnrmail.state.il.us
Hours_of_Service: Monday-Friday, 8am - 4:30pm, Central Time Zone
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
ArcView version 3.3 shapefile format c:\data\heritage data\ma_tara.shp


Data_Quality_Information:

Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
Attribute information is based on upon 1) information provided to the Natural Heritage Database Program, 2) values automatically assigned by, and 3) values selected by database program staff. Endangered and threatened species locations are mapped by one staff member and then quality controlled by another staff member. Some attributes are also compared periodically against a master set of attribute values. Attribute accuracy is obtained by comparing manual hard copy and electronic plots of information as submitted to the database to the resulting digital shape. Occasionally, digital data is based on the submission of GPS coordinates. In all cases, the digital shape is expanded, either while digitizing or through the use of a buffer, to account for poor incoming data, vague descriptions, or error associated with GPS to create a shape large enough to ensure that the reported element is contained. An assessment of the accuracy of attributes captured in the field by the observer has not been completed.
Logical_Consistency_Report:
All element occurrence records are mapped as accurately as reported. Element occurrence (EO) locations are all mapped in GIS using the Biotics Mapper tool (see process steps for information about mapping in this system). Spatial data is updated and reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Completeness_Report:
These data are dependent on the research and observations of many scientists and institutions and reflect our current state of knowledge. Data are acquired from various sources, with varying levels of accuracy, and are continually updated and revised. Many areas have never been surveyed and the absence of data in any particular geographic area does not necessarily mean that species, communities, or other resources of concern are not present. This data set includes information regarding threatened and endangered (T&E) species, significant natural communities, and other natural resources in Illinois both received and entered into Biotics 4 by the Illinois Natural Heritage Database Program at the time of publication. T&E bird data is only included in the database when there is reasonable evidence of breeding, except in the case of wintering bald eagles and a few other roosting occurrences. Natural communities are only included in the database if they meet a minimum set of criteria as defined by the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory (INAI). Criteria include size, quality, and relative rarity of the community in a particular natural division of the state. The database only tracks species listed as threatened or endangered by the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board. INHD also has a "backlog" of data, essentially hard copy and digital field forms that have not been processed and added to the digital data set. These data should not be regarded as a substitute for on-site surveys required for environmental assessments. If you notice significant data gaps for a certain species or geographic area, please submit data or send us a reference.
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Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report: Unknown
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Vertical_Positional_Accuracy_Report: Unknown
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A) Data are collected in the field by IDNR biologists and other experts. B) Data are digitized and transcribed in Biotics by INHD data managers using ArcView 3.3 and a custom mapping interface known as Biotics 4 (see Mapping with Biotics below). C) Prior to export, data integrity scripts are run to ensure spatial and narrative information are synchronized. D) Oracle attributes are joined to the element occurrence shapefile. E) Tabular and spatial data is exported using the Biotics Exchanger and Export - Project tools. Mapping with Biotics: The software essentially walks the user through the process of developing EO reps according to the revised EO Methodology. For a compehensive desciption of this methodology, see: htt://whiteoak.natureserve.org/eodraft/index.htm. In addition, Biotics automatically creates and maintains separate themes for different feature types, along with associated attributes. In order to map a new EO using Biotics, the following process is used: 1) Digitize and Evaluate Source Feature(s) a) Digitize the appropriate source feature (point, line, or polygon) based on the size of the observed area (compared with the minimum mapping unit for the scale map being used) and the amount and direction of uncertainty associated with that location. b) Assign attributes to source feature by entering fields in source feature window. c) If the source feature has areal estimatd locational uncertainty, buffer with a graphic using the specified uncertainty distance class as the radius. d) Repeat the preceding three steps for each additional observed area for the Element. e) Evaluate separation distances (obtained from the EO specifications) between source feature(s) and other EO reps and independent source features of the same Element. Indicate which feature(s) are to comprise an EO 2) Develop EO Reps a) Based on the grouping of source features and their associated attributes, Biotics will automatically create EO reps, adding any uncertainty or procedural buffers as appropriate. b) Biotics will automatically assign a unique identifier and calculate spatial attributes, storing them with the appropriate themes. Derivation of EO polygons directly from field observations: Under current methodology and technology, all EOs are represented as polygon features. These features are derived from field observations that are digitized directly into GIS and buffered by locational uncertainty. Locational uncertainty can be measured/ delimited directly from the field, estimated, or negligible (usually <6.25m in all directions as with corrected GPS coordinates). Observations that are below a minimum mapping unit (12.5m) distance in either two dimensions (points) or one dimension (lines) and that contain negligible locational uncertainty are buffered using a procedural buffer (6.25m) to create polygons. Derivation of EO polygons from EO point conversion: Under old methodology and technology, embodied by the Biological and Conservation Database (BCD), EOs were originally mapped as points on paper maps and then later digitized into GIS as point features. These features were assigned a precision value that indicated the accuracy of the locality of the EO. During conversion of these EOs from points to polygons, this precision value is used to determine the buffer distance used to create the EO polygon. Point EOs with a precision value of seconds (3-second radius) are buffered 100 m during polygon conversion. Point EOs with a precision value of minutes (1-minute radius) are buffered 2,000 m during polygon conversion. Derivation of compound EO polygons: Discrete or non-contiguous EO polygons of the same species/element can be aggregated into one compound EO depending upon the distance that separate non-contiguous EOs. This distance, separation distance, is the amount of intervening area that determines whether source features of an element should be grouped as part of the same (complex) element occurrence, or should be considered as discrete element occurrences. When available, separation distances are specific to species/elements. When unavailable, a default separation distance of 1 km is used.
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Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: GT-polygon composed of chains
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 9


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Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
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Map_Projection:
Map_Projection_Name: Lambert Conformal Conic
Lambert_Conformal_Conic:
Standard_Parallel: 33.000000
Standard_Parallel: 45.000000
Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -89.500000
Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 33.000000
False_Easting: 3000000.003620
False_Northing: 0.000000
Standard_Parallel: 33.000000
Standard_Parallel: 45.000000
Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -89.500000
Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 33.000000
False_Easting: 3000000.003620
False_Northing: 0.000000
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Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: Coordinate pair
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Planar_Distance_Units: Feet
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: North American Datum of 1927
Ellipsoid_Name: Clarke 1866
Semi-major_Axis: 20925832.1618739
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 294.98


Entity_and_Attribute_Information:

Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: ma_tara.dbf
Entity_Type_Definition: Shapefile Attribute Table
Entity_Type_Definition_Source: None
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Total_area
Attribute_Definition: Area of polygon
Attribute_Definition_Source: Software generated
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Software computed
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Managed_ar
Attribute_Definition:
Name of the Nature Preserve, Land and Water Reserve, or Natural Heritage Landmark
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Unrepresentable_Domain: Character Field
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Attribute_Label: Inpc_numbe
Attribute_Definition: Illinois Nature Preserves Commission tracking number
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Distribution_Information:

Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:
Illinois Natural Heritage Database Program, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Contact_Person: Tara Kieninger
Contact_Position: Database Program Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: One Natural Resources Way
City: Springfield
State_or_Province: Illinois
Postal_Code: 62702
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (217)782-2685
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (217)785-2438
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: tkieninger@dnrmail.state.il.us
Hours_of_Service: Monday-Friday, 8am - 4:30pm, Central Time Zone
Resource_Description:
Nature Preserves, Land and Water Reserves, and Natural Heritage Landmarks
Distribution_Liability:
Users must assume responsibility to determine the appropriate use of the data. This data set is not meant to be a definitive statement of presence or absence of a species or element in a particular area. This data is not a substitute for field surveys or investigations. The data is dynamic and continually changing. It is the responsibility of the user to request regular updates to the information on a regular basis, determined by the type of project in which it is being used. Use of this data does not negate IDNR's endangered species consultation process.


Metadata_Reference_Information:

Metadata_Date: 11/21/05
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Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:
Illinois Natural Heritage Database Program, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Contact_Person: Tara Kieninger
Contact_Position: Database Program Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and physical address
Address: One Natural Resources Way
City: Springfield
State_or_Province: Illinois
Postal_Code: 62702
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (217)782-2685
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (217)785-2438
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: tkieninger@dnrmail.state.il.us
Hours_of_Service: Monday-Friday, 8am - 4:30pm, Central Time Zone
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC CSDGM
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998

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