Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (Polygons)

Metadata:


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: EOEA - MassGIS
Publication_Date: December 2003
Title:
Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (Polygons)
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Boston, MA
Publisher: EOEA - MassGIS
Online_Linkage: \\Bison\buffalo\nps\Databases\Submerged\CACO\acecs_poly.shp
Description:
Abstract:
The Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) datalayers provide digital polygon and line boundaries for areas that have been designated ACECs by the Secretary of Environmental Affairs.  Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) are places in Massachusetts that receive special recognition because of the quality, uniqueness and significance of their natural and cultural resources.  These areas are identified and nominated at the community level and are reviewed and designated by the state’s Secretary of Environmental Affairs.  ACEC designation creates a framework for local and regional stewardship of these critical resource areas and ecosystems.  ACEC designation also requires greater environmental review of certain kinds of proposed development under state jurisdiction within the ACEC boundaries.

The ACEC Program is administered by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) on behalf of the Secretary of Environmental Affairs.  The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Office administered the original Coastal ACEC Program from 1978 to 1993, and continues to play a key role in managing coastal ACECs.  Procedures for ACEC designation and the general policies governing the effects of designation are contained in the ACEC regulations (301 CMR 12.00).  For more information about the ACEC datalayer or about the effects of ACEC designation, contact the ACEC Program at (617) 626-1394 or see http://www.state.ma.us/dem/programs/acec.

The ACEC datalayers have been compiled by CZM and DCR and include both coastal and inland areas.  For more information specifically about ACEC maps, visit http://www.state.ma.us/dem/programs/acec/aboutMaps.htm.  New ACEC polygons (and corresponding lines) are added periodically, as new ACEC nominations are reviewed and designated on an ongoing basis.

As of December, 2003 there are coded boundary arcs available for 8 of the 28 ACECs, part of an ongoing datalayer update program begun in 2003.  These coded boundaries indicate what features are used for various ACEC boundary line segments, such as roads, town lines, or wetlands resource areas.  The other 20 ACECs do not have individually coded arcs, but are shown in the line layer with arcs coded ‘NOT DEFINED.’

THIS DATALAYER IS INTENDED TO BE USED FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY AND WITH THE WRITTEN BOUNDARY DESCRIPTIONS CONTAINED IN EACH ACEC DESIGNATION DOCUMENT.  The mapped boundary is not to be used by itself for definitive ACEC boundary delineation or regulatory interpretation.  For review of site-specific projects within the ACEC boundary, determinations may need to be made in the field or in consultation with ACEC Program staff.

These datalayers are stored in ArcSDE and distributed as ACECS_POLY and ACECS_ARC. The STATE library stores both feature classes in the ACECS coverage.
Purpose:
Planning and analysis
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: December 2003
Currentness_Reference:
publication date
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -73.510369
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -69.896442
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 42.808886
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 41.533459
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: acec
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme_Keyword: acecs
Theme_Keyword: areas of critical environmental concern
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
None
Point_of_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
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:
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:
Server=sun420.env.state.ma.us; Service=esri_sde; User=massgis; Version=SDE.DEFAULT
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Dataset copied.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
\\Milton\F\CACO\MASSGIS_0707\acecs_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: 44
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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: acecs_poly
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SHAPE
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: OBJECTID
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: ACECID
Attribute_Definition:
Unique identifier in chronological order of designation Always reselect ACECID GT 0 to shade designated ACECs
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 0
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 1
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
WESTBORO CEDAR SWAMP
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 2
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
SANDY NECK/BARNSTABLE HARBOR
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 3
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
PARKER RIVER/ESSEX BAY
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 4
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
WAQUOIT BAY
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 5
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
ELLISVILLE HARBOR
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 6
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
POCASSET RIVER
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 7
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
WEYMOUTH/HINGHAM BACK RIVER
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 8
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
CRANBERRY BROOK
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 9
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
INNER CAPE COD BAY
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 10
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
WEIR RIVER
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 11
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
PLEASANT BAY
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 12
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
GOLDEN HILLS
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 13
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
RUMNEY MARSHES
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 14
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
BOURNE BACK RIVER
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 15
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
WELLFLEET HARBOR
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 16
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
HOCKOMOCK SWAMP
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 17
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
SCHENOB BROOK
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 18
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
CANOE RIVER AQUIFER
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 19
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
HERRING RIVER WATERSHED
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 20
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
HINSDALE FLATS WATERSHED
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 21
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
KARNER BROOK WATERSHED
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 22
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
FOWL MEADOW/PONKAPOAG BOG
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 23
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
NEPONSET RIVER ESTUARY
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 24
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
KAMPOOSA BOG
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 25
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
CENTRAL NASHUA RIVER VALLEY
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: NAME
Attribute_Definition:
Name of ACEC
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: DES_DATE
Attribute_Definition:
Date ACEC was designated by EOEA Secretary
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SECRETARY
Attribute_Definition:
Secretary of Environmental Affairs who designated the ACEC
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: ADMIN_BY
Attribute_Definition:
ACEC Program is adminstered by Dept. of Envir. Management for the Secretary of EOEA
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: REGION
Attribute_Definition:
Coastal or inland - DEP Wetlands Protection Regulations have different performance standards for coastal and inland ACECs
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: POLY_ACRES
Attribute_Definition:
Acreage of each polygon
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: ACEC_ACRES
Attribute_Definition:
Total acreage of each ACEC
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: 1.275
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/acecs.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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