FWS Critical Habitat for Threatened and Endangered Species Dataset

Metadata Updated: March 1, 2017

When a species is proposed for listing as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must consider whether there are areas of habitat believed to be essential the species’ conservation. Those areas may be proposed for designation as “critical habitat”. Critical habitat is a term defined and used in the Act. It is a specific geographic area(s) that contains features essential for the conservation of a threatened or endangered species and that may require special management and protection. Critical habitat may include an area that is not currently occupied by the species but that will be needed for its recovery. An area is designated as “critical habitat” after the Service publishes a proposed Federal regulation in the Federal Register and receives and considers public comments on the proposal. The final boundaries of the critical habitat are also published in the Federal Register.

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Metadata Date December 27, 2016
Metadata Created Date August 26, 2016
Metadata Updated Date March 1, 2017
Reference Date(s) January 1, 9999 (publication)

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Harvested from ServCat

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date December 27, 2016
Metadata Created Date August 26, 2016
Metadata Updated Date March 1, 2017
Reference Date(s) January 1, 9999 (publication)
Responsible Party U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Use Constraints: None. The GIS files and their associated coordinates are not the legal source for determining the critical habitat boundaries of species described within this dataset. Inherent in any data set used to develop graphical representations, are limitations of accuracy as determined by, among others, the source, scale and resolution of the data. While the Service makes every effort to represent the critical habitat shown with this data as completely and accurately as possible (given existing time and resource constraints), the USFWS gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of these data. In addition, the USFWS shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and/or contained herein. Graphical representations provided by the use of this data do not represent a legal description of the critical habitat boundary. The user is referred to the critical habitat textual description in the appropriate final rule for this species as published in the Federal Register. These data are to be used only in the context of the definition and purpose of critical habitat. This primarily relates to Section 7 consultation under the Endangered Species Act. These data may be used for planning and land management purposes. They are not to be used for legal survey use., Access Constraints: None
Bbox East Long 180
Bbox North Lat 70.3300018310547
Bbox South Lat 13.6400003433228
Bbox West Long -180
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Harvest Object Id dbe01290-08c6-40fd-8db2-5369f7389493
Harvest Source Id 8208fdb6-1be4-4d2b-957c-fa31cdf5ad9a
Harvest Source Title ServCat
Licence Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, no warranty expressed or implied is made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the utility of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. No responsibility is assumed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the use of these data. No Restriction
Metadata Language
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress underDevelopment
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True

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