Critical Habitat for federally-listed species at risk (posted)

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This dataset displays the geographic areas within which critical habitat for species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) occurs in British Columbia. However, not all of the area within these boundaries is necessarily critical habitat. To precisely define what constitutes critical habitat for a particular species it is essential that this geo-spatial information be considered in conjunction with complementary information in a species’ recovery document. Recovery documents are available from the Species at Risk (SAR) Public Registry (http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca). The recovery documents contain important information about the interpretation of the geo-spatial information, especially regarding the biological and environmental features (“biophysical attributes”) that complete the definition of a species’ critical habitat.

This dataset includes both “final” critical habitat, and “proposed” critical habitat within British Columbia, as it is depicted in the recovery documents. “Proposed” critical habitat depicted in proposed recovery documents has not been formally identified and is subject to change before it is posted as final. Despite the use of the term “final”, it is important to note that recovery documents (and therefore critical habitat) may be amended from time to time. Species are added as the data becomes ready, which may occur after the recovery document has been posted on the SAR Public Registry. You should always consider the SAR Public Registry as the main source for critical habitat information. In cases where the data is sensitive the geographic area within which critical habitat occurs may be represented as “grid squares”. These are coarse (1, 10, 50 or 100 km2) squares based on a UTM grid that serve as a flag to review the associated species’ recovery document. To reiterate, not all of the area within these boundaries is necessarily critical habitat. For example, data-sensitive species include those noted in the Province of British Columbia’s List of Species and Ecosystems Susceptible to Persecution or Harm: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=24C3179F7D764A8F906DB352B98253D2.

This file includes data from the Pacific regional branch of the Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment and Climate Change Canada) and Parks Canada. It does not include critical habitat identified by other regions within Environment and Climate Change Canada.

This file does not include "candidate" critical habitat as depicted in draft recovery documents or species. This secure dataset is available only to specified users via this record http://catalogue.data.gov.bc.ca/Geographic/critical-habitat-for-federally-listed-species-at-risk-secure-

Critical habitat is defined in the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) as "the habitat that is necessary for the survival or recovery of a listed wildlife species and that is identified as the species’ critical habitat in the recovery strategy or action plan for the species". Critical habitat identification alone is not an automatic “protection” designation. Federal or non-federal laws or bylaws may be in place to provide protection. Note that the Province of B.C. considers recovery planning documents, including the identification of critical habitat by the federal government, as science advice only.

This data is publicly available from the Government of Canada at: http://donnees.ec.gc.ca/data/species/developplans/critical-habitat-for-species-at-risk-british-columbia/?lang=en

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information

Purpose

To facilitate the protection of critical habitat in British Columbia by ensuring that land managers, decision-makers, and those with a ‘need to know’ the location and description of critical habitat identified under the Species at Risk Act are able to consistently and conveniently access the information, and appropriately manage its use.

Contact Information

NameDanielle Yu (pointOfContact)
Emailec.ep.rpy-sar.pyr.ec@canada.ca
OrganizationGovernment of Canada
Sub-OrganizationEnvironment Canada
NameLucy Reiss (businessExpert)
Emaillucy.reiss@canada.ca
OrganizationGovernment of Canada
Sub-OrganizationEnvironment Canada

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2015-08-24
Record Last Modified 2019-05-03
Resource Status onGoing

Object Description

Object Name: WHSE_WILDLIFE_MANAGEMENT.WCP_CRITICAL_HABITAT_SP

Short Name: CRTL_HAB
Comments: This dataset displays the area within which critical habitat for federally-listed species at risk occurs or is being considered. The entire area will not necessarily be defined as critical habitat. To determine specific critical habitat locations, it is essential that this information is reviewed in conjunction with relevant draft recovery strategies or action plans (“recovery documents”). The recovery documents contain important information about the interpretation of the spatial information for each species, especially regarding the environmental features (“biophysical attributes”) that determine what is defined as critical habitat. This dataset includes "candidate" critical habitat clipped to British Columbia, as depicted in draft recovery documents which are available only to specified users. This information is provided for reference and review, and is subject to change before it is posted as final. If such data exist, this dataset will also contain the location of biophysical attributes of "final" critical habitat at a more detailed scale than is available in the posted recovery document, and critical habitat locations for sensitive species. This file includes data from the Pacific and Yukon regional branch of the Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment Canada) and Parks Canada. It does not include critical habitat identified by other regions within Environment Canada. Critical habitat is defined in the federal Species at Risk Act as "the habitat that is necessary for the survival or recovery of a listed wildlife species and that is identified as the species’ critical habitat in the recovery strategy or action plan for the species". Once identified, critical habitat is not a “protection” designation. Federal or non-federal laws or bylaws may be in place to provide protection. This data is shared with the Province of B.C. through the Canada-BC Agreement on Species at Risk. It is not to be distributed beyond the named users. If external partie

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
CRITICAL_HABITAT_ID CH_SYSID NUMBER 10 CRITICAL_HABITAT_ID: is a system generated unique identification number. This is the primary key of this table. e.g., 1
COSEWIC_SPECIES_ID COSEWIC_ID VARCHAR2 10 COSEWIC_SPECIES_ID is a unique identification number assigned to the species or taxa (including, if applicable, sub species and population) assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and currently listed on SARA Schedule 1; e.g., '1086'.
SCIENTIFIC_NAME SCNTFC_NM VARCHAR2 50 SCIENTIFIC_NAME is the standard scientific name for the SARA-listed species or taxa, and can include subspecies; e.g., 'Oreoscoptes montanus'.
COMMON_NAME_ENGLISH CNM_ENG VARCHAR2 80 COMMON_NAME_ENGLISH is the English name of the species or taxa listed on SARA Schedule 1; e.g., 'Sage Thrasher'.
COMMON_NAME_FRENCH CNM_FREN VARCHAR2 80 COMMON_NAME_FRENCH is the French name of the species or taxa listed on SARA Schedule 1; e.g., 'Moqueur des armoises'.
COSEWIC_POPULATION CSWC_POP VARCHAR2 100 COSEWIC_POPULATION is the population name of the species or taxa assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and currently listed on SARA Schedule 1; e.g., 'Southern Mountain population'.
CRITICAL_HABITAT_STATUS CH_STAT VARCHAR2 50 CRITICAL_HABITAT_STATUS is the stage of development of the critical habitat polygon; e.g., 'Final' or 'Candidate'
CRITICAL_HABITAT_REGION CH_REG VARCHAR2 80 CRITICAL_HABITAT_REGION is a regional identifier optionally used to group critical habitat polygons; e.g. "Southeastern BC".
CRITICAL_HABITAT_SITE_ID CH_SITE_ID VARCHAR2 150 CRITICAL_HABITAT_SITE_ID is the alphanumeric code of a critical habitat site as defined in the federal recovery document; e.g., '937_5'.
CRITICAL_HABITAT_SITE_NAME CB_SITE_NM VARCHAR2 150 CRITICAL_HABITAT_SITE_NAME is the name of a critical habitat site as defined in the federal recovery document; e.g., 'Kilpoola'.
CRITICAL_HABITAT_DETAIL CH_DETAIL VARCHAR2 50 CRITICAL_HABITAT_DETAIL is the level of detail of critical habitat polygon; e.g., 'Detailed polygon' or 'Grid square'. Grid squares are used when detailed polygons contain sensitive information that cannot be released.
CRITICAL_HABITAT_VARIANT CH_VARIANT VARCHAR2 50 CRITICAL_HABITAT_VARIANT is the sub-type of critical habitat, if applicable; e.g. 'Regeneration'.
CRITICAL_HABITAT_APPROACH CH_APPRCH VARCHAR2 50 CRITICAL_HABITAT_APPROACH is the scale at which the polygons were defined and refers to processes within the Critical Habitat Toolbox policy; e.g., 'Landscape', 'Area' or 'Site'.
CRITICAL_HABITAT_METHOD CH_METHOD VARCHAR2 80 CRITICAL_HABITAT_METHOD is a broad description of how the critical habitat was identified and refers to processes within the Critical Habitat Toolbox policy; e.g., 'Critical Function Zone'.
AREA_HECTARES HECTARES NUMBER 20 AREA_HECTARES is the area calculated in hectares at source data which is in Lambert Conic Conformal. E.g., 14430833.7926
LAND_TENURE LAND_TEN VARCHAR2 80 LAND_TENURE is the status of federal crown ownership of the land; e.g., 'Federal' or 'Non-federal'.
CRITICAL_HABITAT_COMMENTS CH_COMMENT VARCHAR2 250 CRITICAL_HABITAT_COMMENTS are notes about the critical habitat or specific polygon; e.g., 'Polygons were identified as part of a multispecies recovery plan'.
CRITICAL_HABITAT_DATE_EDITED CH_DT_EDIT DATE 7 CRITICAL_HABITAT_DATE_EDITED is the date that the polygon was last edited; e.g., '8/21/2014'.
PROVINCE_TERRITORY PROV_TERR VARCHAR2 80 PROVINCE_TERRITORY is the province or territory in which the critical habitat occurs; e.g., 'British Columbia'.
FEDERAL_DEPARTMENT_NAME FED_D_NAME VARCHAR2 100 FEDERAL_DEPARTMENT_NAME is the Federal department or agency that published the recovery strategy or action plan in which the critical habitat is identified, and maintains the data; e.g., 'Canadian Wildlife Service', ‘Parks Canada Agency’.
UTM_ZONE UTM_ZONE NUMBER 2 UTM_ZONE is a segment of the Earth's surface 6 degrees of longitude in width. The zones are numbered eastward starting at the meridian 180 degrees from the prime meridian at Greenwich. There are five zones numbered 7 through 11 that cover British Columbia, e.g., Zone 10 with a central meridian at -123 degrees.
UTM_EASTING UTM_EAST NUMBER 9 UTM EASTING is the distance in meters of the polygon centroid eastward to or from the central meridian of a UTM zone with a false easting of 500000 meters. E.g., 532538
UTM_NORTHING UTM_NORTH NUMBER 7 UTM NORTHING is the distance in meters of the polygon centroidnorthward from the equator. e.g., 5747966
LATITUDE LATITUDE NUMBER 8 LATITUDE is the geographic coordinate, in decimal degrees (dd.dddddd), of the location of the feature as measured from the equator, e.g., 55.323653
LONGITUDE LONGITUDE NUMBER 9 LONGITUDE is the geographic coordinate, in decimal degrees (ddd.dddddd), of the location of the feature as measured from the prime meridian, e.g., -123.093544
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 1 SHAPE is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA ANNO_CAD BLOB 4000 SE ANNO CAD DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM FEAT_AREA NUMBER 19
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19