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Strategic Habitat Area Nominations (Region 2)


Download Link: http://data.nconemap.gov/downloads/vector/sha.zip
Abstract: Strategic Habitat Areas (SHAs) represent priority habitat areas for protection due to their exceptional condition or imminent threat to their ecological functions supporting estuarine and coastal fish and shellfish species. Identification and designation of SHAs is a goal of the North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan. This dataset represents areas that were nominated in region 2: the Pamlico Sound System in North Carolina. The identification of SHAs was conducted in a two step process: 1) using GIS-based habitat and alteration data in a computerized site-selection analysis, and 2) verifying and modifying information based on input from a scientific advisory committee. Staff and a scientific advisory committee specified representation levels for 31 unique habitat types, or natrual resource targets. There were also 24 alteration factors that were represented geospatially (i.e., hydrologic alterations, water quality degradation, etc.). The site selection program MARXAN was used to select areas that met representation levels while limiting the selction of highly altered sites. The scientific advisory committee then modified the computer results based on their unique knowledge and experience. The resulting SHA nominations for 67 discrete areas encompassed 11% of region 2 and 26% of the focus area (open waters and riparian targets within 500 m of the shoreline. Approximately 11% of the selected SHAs are state or federally owned lands, managed for conservation, or are protected through Primary Nursery Area designations. The SHAs were corroborated with biological data, ecological designations, and specific knowledge of the area. The SHA nominations will be incorporated into conservation and restoration planning efforts.
Purpose: This dataset represent areas that were nominated as Strategic Habitat Areas in region 2: the Pamlico Sound System in North Carolina. Details of the process for developing these boundaries can be found in the Strategic Habitat Area report for region 2 available from the NC Division of Marine Fisheries. These boundaries represent Strategic Habitat Area NOMINATIONS. They have not been DESIGNATED in rule as of March 2012. Strategic Habitat Area boundaries may be designated in rule at a future date.
Publication Date: 20120314
Originator: NC Dept. of Environmental Quality, Div. of Marine Fisheries
Publisher: NC Division of Marine Fisheries
Online Linkage: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/home
Time Period of Content:
Time Period Information:
Single Date/Time:
Calendar Date: 2011
Currentness Reference: publication date
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance and Update Frequency: None planned
Spatial Domain:
Bounding Coordinates:
West Bounding Coordinate: -78.395885
East Bounding Coordinate: -75.368784
North Bounding Coordinate: 36.123033
South Bounding Coordinate: 34.806896
Contact Electronic Mail Address: christine.jensen@ncdenr.gov
Contact Voice Telephone: 252-808-8068
Grid Coordinate System Name: State Plane Coordinate System 1983
Horizontal Datum Name: North American Datum of 1983
Planar Distance Units: meters
Ellipsoid Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
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: SHA_ID
Attribute Definition: ID number for each Strategic Habitat Area. These numbers represent those listed in the region 2 report.
Attribute Definition Source: NCDMF
Attribute Domain Values:
Unrepresentable Domain: Values are nominal and not necessarily sequential
Attribute:
Attribute Label: SHA_NAME
Attribute Definition: Description of each Strategic Habitat Area location. These descriptions represent those listed in the region 2 report.
Attribute Definition Source: NCDMF
Attribute Domain Values:
Unrepresentable Domain: Site descriptions
Attribute:
Attribute Label: ACRES
Attribute Definition: Acreage of each Strategic Habitat Area.
Attribute Definition Source: NCDMF
Attribute Domain Values:
Unrepresentable Domain: Acrage of SHA
Attribute:
Attribute Label: HECTARES
Attribute Definition: Hectares of each Strategic Habitat Area
Attribute Definition Source: NCDMF
Attribute Domain Values:
Unrepresentable Domain: Hectares of SHA
Distribution Liability: NCCGIA is charged with the development and maintenance of NC OneMap and, in cooperation with other mapping organizations, is committed to offering its users accurate, useful, and current information. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information, errors and conditions originating from physical sources used to develop this dataset may be reflected in the data supplied. The user must be aware of possible conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of the information with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to certain data. NCCGIA does not support secondary distribution of this dataset without its current, compliant metadata record. The use of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by NCCGIA or North Carolina State Government.
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