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Biodiversity/Wildlife Habitat Assessment (BWHA) - April 2017
This dataset shows the state?s conservation priorities for aquatic and terrestrial species and habitats, and landscape functions and connectivity. The relative conservation values displayed by this dataset focus on (1) the biodiversity of aquatic and terrestrial species and communities, (2) large-scale landscapes, including core wildlife habitats and habitat connectors, and (3) lands important to ecosystem processes, such as riparian buffers and wetlands.
This dataset illustrates the locations and conservation priorities of significant natural resources in North Carolina, and is utilized by local governments, state agencies, regional councils of governments, funding programs, and conservation organizations to support land use, conservation, mitigation and transportation planning and decision-making.
This dataset was created by the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program to identify, evaluate, and prioritize areas that are important for maintaining healthy and sustainable ecosystems statewide. The relative conservation values displayed by this dataset focus on (1) the biodiversity of aquatic and terrestrial species and communities, (2) large-scale landscapes, including core wildlife habitats and habitat connectors, and (3) lands important to ecosystem processes, such as riparian buffers and wetlands. These data illustrate the locations and conservation values of significant natural resources throughout North Carolina, and have been applied by local governments, state agencies, regional councils of governments, funding programs, conservation organizations, and the private sector to support planning and decision-making for land use, conservation, mitigation, and transportation projects. Priorities for conservation of important biodiversity and wildlife habitats are depicted using a scale of 1 (moderate conservation value) to 10 (maximum conservation value). Datasets used in this assessment are contributed by various state agencies and conservation organizations, and each individual data input is assigned a relative conservation value based on resource rarity and distinctiveness, resource function, and data precision, accuracy, and completeness. These data inputs are processed and combined to show conservation priorities statewide. Data inputs include significant natural heritage areas, rare species occurrences, core wildlife habitats and their connections, important aquatic resources (e.g., trout streams, fish habitat, fish nursery areas, outstanding resources waters), wetlands, and watershed priorities based on Federally-listed species and other factors. (For more information on the data inputs, see the Conservation Planning Tool detailed report at http://ncnhp.org/conservation/conservation-planning-tool/resources/report. This assessment is intended to be used for planning purposes and should not substitute for field work at the project level. The download zip file includes a raster representation (TIF) of the Biodiversity/Wildlife Habitat Assessment data. Projected to NC Stateplane meters, NAD83. BWHA is distributed as a TIF file only. Previously, the data was distributed as an Arc/Info GRID and shapefile. The shapefile existed so it could be used by those without Esri's Spatial Analyst extension. The shapefile is not needed as the TIF can be used without the extension.
Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Land and Water Stewardship, North Carolina Natural Heritage Program
NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, North Carolina Natural Heritage Program
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