NHESP Priority Habitats of Rare Species

Metadata:


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
Publication_Date: October 1, 2006
Title:
NHESP Priority Habitats of Rare Species
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Online_Linkage: \\Bison\buffalo\nps\Databases\Submerged\CACO\PRIHAB_POLY.shp
Description:
Abstract:
The Priority Habitats of Rare Species datalayer contains polygons representing the geographic extent of Habitat of state-listed rare species in Massachusetts based on observations documented within the last 25 years in the database of the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP). Priority Habitats are the filing trigger for proponents, municipalities, and other stakeholders for determining whether or not a proposed project must be reviewed by the NHESP for compliance with the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA). The Priority Habitats presented here are those published in the 12th Edition of the Massachusetts Natural Heritage Atlas, and are effective beginning October 1, 2006. Priority Habitats and Estimated Habitats were amended in the towns of Lancaster and Truro on December 1, 2006.

In July, 2005 major revisions were made to the MESA regulations (321 CMR 10.00). These revised regulations clarify filing requirements and procedures, set timelines for agency response, establish filing fees, expand and add definitions, and formalize the appeal process for agency decisions. 

If your project or activity falls within Priority Habitat and does not meet a MESA filing exemption (321 CMR 10.14), then you must file directly with the NHESP pursuant to MESA. For more information, please see the Regulatory Review section of the NHESP website.

The Priority Habitats of Rare Species datalayer is stored in ArcSDE as PRIHAB_POLY.
Purpose:
Planning and analysis
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: October 1, 2006
Currentness_Reference:
publication date
Status:
Progress: In work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: Every two years
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -73.532929
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -69.830144
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 42.875353
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 41.196268
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: NHESP Priority Habitats of Rare Species
Access_Constraints: Please read the "NHESP Layers Disclaimer", found at http://www.mass.gov/mgis/nh-disc.htm, before using the data.
Use_Constraints:
Priority Habitats should be displayed as follows:
 - At 1:25,000 scale or smaller (e.g. 1:35,000), as this is the scale at which the polygons were delineated.
 - Against MassGIS's 2001 Color Orthophotos as a reference layer.
 - Using the "NHESP Priority Habitats for Rare Species" legend, which MUST accompany this datalayer on ALL maps.
 - NOTE: the following 12 towns contain Priority Habitats that are less than 1 acre in size. To effectively display these small areas, the line thickness of the polygon may need to be increased:
Barnstable, Middleborough, Chicopee, Royalston, Dartmouth, Sandwich, Duxbury, Scituate, Fairhaven, Sheffield, Great Barrington, Williamstown
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
Contact_Person: David Szczebak
Contact_Position: GIS Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address:
North Drive
Address:
Suite 500
City: Westborough
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 01581
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 508-792-7270 ext.161
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (508) 792-7821
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: David.Szczebak@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 9 AM - 5 PM
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 2; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.2.2.1350
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Data_Quality_Information:
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Contribution:
See the "Abstract" section of this document for details.
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Priority Habitats were digitized by NHESP scientists from documented observations of rare species and are based on such factors as species movements and habitat requirements. The polygons were heads-up digitized in ArcView 3x, at a scale of 1:25,000, and referenced to MassGIS's 2001 Color Orthophotos.
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Dataset copied.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
Server=Phoenix; Service=esri_sde; User=massgis; Version=SDE.DEFAULT
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Dataset copied.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
\\Milton\F\CACO\MASSGIS_0707\PRIHAB_POLY
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Dataset copied.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
\\Milton\F\CACO\CACO_BISON\PRIHAB_POLY
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Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: G-polygon
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 1244
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Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Planar:
Grid_Coordinate_System:
Grid_Coordinate_System_Name: State Plane Coordinate System 1983
State_Plane_Coordinate_System:
SPCS_Zone_Identifier: 2001
Lambert_Conformal_Conic:
Standard_Parallel: 41.716667
Standard_Parallel: 42.683333
Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -71.500000
Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 41.000000
False_Easting: 200000.000000
False_Northing: 750000.000000
Planar_Coordinate_Information:
Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: coordinate pair
Coordinate_Representation:
Abscissa_Resolution: 0.000000
Ordinate_Resolution: 0.000000
Planar_Distance_Units: meters
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222
Vertical_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Altitude_System_Definition:
Altitude_Resolution: 1.000000
Altitude_Encoding_Method: Explicit elevation coordinate included with horizontal coordinates
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Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: PRIHAB_POLY
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: VERSION
Attribute_Definition:
Indicates the effective date of the Priority Habitat polygons, as well as the edition of the Natural Heritage Atlas in which they were presented.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
NHESP
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: OBJECTID
Attribute_Definition:
Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SHAPE
Attribute_Definition:
Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: FID
Attribute_Definition:
Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape
Attribute_Definition:
Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: PRIHAB_ID
Attribute_Definition:
A unique identifier for each polygon. This number may be used to identify a Priority Habitat polygon when contacting the NHESP.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
NHESP
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SHAPE_AREA
Attribute_Definition:
Area of feature in internal units squared.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SHAPE_LEN
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Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: EOEA - MassGIS
Contact_Person: Michael Trust
Contact_Position: Sr. Database Administrator
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address:
251 Causeway Street
Address:
Suite 500
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (617) 626-1000
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (617) 626-1249
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: michael.trust@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 9 AM - 5 PM
Resource_Description: Downloadable Data
Distribution_Liability:
Please see the "PURCHASE AGREEMENT FOR DIGITAL DATA PROVIDED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS", online at http://www.state.ma.us/mgis/puragree.htm.
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Transfer_Size: 20.923
Ordering_Instructions:
To order go to http://www.state.ma.us/mgis/order.htm and click on "CD Product". To download go to http://www.state.ma.us/mgis/dwn-vect.htm and choose the appropriate link. Data also may be downloaded directly from the datalayer's description page on the MassGIS Web site (see the link in the Online_Linkage or "Who wrote the metadata?" section of this document or go to http://www.state.ma.us/mgis/laylist.htm).
Custom_Order_Process:
Please contact MassGIS with questions regarding alternative methods of receiving data.
Technical_Prerequisites:
MassGIS' data may be used in many standard GIS software products. See each software's vendor for technical prerequisites.
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20070829
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: EOEA - MassGIS
Contact_Person: Michael Trust
Contact_Position: Sr. Database Administrator
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address:
251 Causeway Street
Address:
Suite 500
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (617) 626-1000
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (617) 626-1249
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: michael.trust@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 9 AM - 5 PM
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
Metadata_Extensions:
Online_Linkage: http://www.mass.gov/mgis/prihab.htm
Profile_Name: MassGIS Web Documentation
Metadata_Extensions:
Online_Linkage: http://www.esri.com/metadata/esriprof80.html
Profile_Name: ESRI Metadata Profile
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