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MCBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance

Metadata Updated: April 9, 2015

This data layer represents areas with varying levels of native biodiversity that may contain high quality native plant communities, rare plants, rare animals, and/or animal aggregations. Initially, boundaries of sites are determined by review of aerial photography in order to identify potential areas of native biodiversity based on native vegetation. In subsequent field investigations, MCBS assesses the ecological characteristics of the site and the presence of rare species. A biodiversity significance rank is assigned on the basis of the number of rare species, the quality of the native plant communities, size of the site, and context within the landscape. Following field investigations, site boundaries sometimes are revised, or sites added, to incorporate critical habitat for rare plants and rare animals. In these instances, the quality of native plant communities is not the primary criteria for ranking the site. MCBS Sites that are found to be disturbed are retained in the layer as negative data and are given the Biodiversity Significance rank of "Below." Those disturbed areas within MCBS Sites and all areas outside MCBS Sites are lands where native plant communities have been seriously altered or destroyed by human activities such as farming, recent logging, draining, and development.

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Metadata Date January 1, 9999
Metadata Created Date March 28, 2013
Metadata Updated Date April 9, 2015
Reference Date(s) January 1, 9999 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

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Harvested from Minnesota DNR

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date January 1, 9999
Metadata Created Date March 28, 2013
Metadata Updated Date April 9, 2015
Reference Date(s) January 1, 9999 (publication)
Responsible Party Minnesota DNR - Division of Ecological Resources (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Use Constraints: Users must include in any product derived from this GIS data set an acknowledgment of the Minnesota County Biological Survey as the source of information. In addition, in order to protect DNR's copyright interest in these data, the user must also include an appropriate copyright notice in the name of the DNR or the user., Access Constraints: None
Bbox East Long -89
Bbox North Lat 49.5
Bbox South Lat 43
Bbox West Long -97.5
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Frequency Of Update asNeeded
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Harvest Object Id a9515baf-5556-4345-acf0-7b042fc78639
Harvest Source Id 5546934e-bbe0-4cff-8926-e70aebfc97cb
Harvest Source Title Minnesota DNR
Licence The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources makes no representation or warranties, express or implied, with respect to the reuse of data provided herewith, regardless of its format or the means of its transmission. There is no guarantee or representation to the user as to the accuracy, currency, suitability, or reliability of this data for any purpose. The user accepts the data ''as is'', and assumes all risks associated with its use. By accepting this data, the user agrees not to transmit this data or provide access to it or any part of it to another party unless the user shall include with the data a copy of this disclaimer. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources assumes no responsibility for actual or consequential damage incurred as a result of any user''s reliance on this data.
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Metadata Type geospatial
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System

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