Range Tenure

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - Range (Range, Invasive Plants and Ecosystem Restoration)
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

This spatial layer displays Range Tenures (grazing and hay cutting licence and permits) administered by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. A Range Tenure is an area of Crown rangeland where a Range Act tenure applies. Tenure holders access a defined amount of forage through grazing (measured in Animal Unit Months) or hay (tonnage). Range Tenures apply only to Crown Land. In some cases, digital boundaries may overlap Private Land but these lands are not part of the Grazing area (as described in the legal description). Grazing may overlap waterbodies during drawdown (also described legally in the Tenure documents and where applicable, Range Use Plan). Livestock may graze islands and large bodies of water may act as Natural Range Barriers.

To guide your use:

  1. Layer contains RETIRED, PENDING, and ACTIVE Tenures (=Licenses and Permits); Select ACTIVE under attribute LIFE_CYCLE_STATUS_CODE to isolate all active tenures

  2. Unique ID for Polygon is by RAN# in attribute FOREST_FILE_ID. Each tenure has own RAN#. Multiple areas belonging to the same tenure may have same RAN# with unique block ids

  3. FILE_TYPE_CODE contains information on the type of Permit: • E01 - Grazing License • E02 - Grazing Permit • E03 - Non-Replaceable Grazing Permit • H01 - Haycutting License • H02 - Haycutting Permit

  4. IF YOU ARE DOING SPATIAL ANALYSIS based on AREA --- Please note that tenures overlap either partially or wholly amongst tenure holders. One area may be shared by more than one Tenure holder and therefore there will be multiple congruent or partially overlapping polygons (multipart). If you want to do SPATIAL ANALYSIS based strictly on area, you must collapse or flatten the data using DISSOLVE so that the polygons are 1:1 with the land base (suggested approach).

Complete Attribute List:

FOREST_FILE_ID: The unique identifier for a Range Tenure (eg. RAN077777). May be autogenerated through the application process in ezlink, or may be pre-determined by resource clerk and entered through ezlink. If a tenure expires, a new RAN number is issued. (Note that practice of issuing new RAN number has been discontinued on a 'go forward' basis);

MAP_BLOCK_ID: Unique identifier for multi-part polygons belonging to same polygon (tenure) (eg road separates tenure, each part has identical map_block_id). Each tenure may have one or more map blocks. Ezlink populated;

CLIENT_NUMBER: Together with Client_Location_Code, this is a unique identifier for the tenure holder(s);

CLIENT_LOCATION_CODE: See above;

CLIENT_NAME: Name of Client (one client name only ("A" licensees only, if "B" exists will not show up); first name/last name) *If change is made only to client name, eg. In instance where Tenure is transferred, may need to push change through to spatial as system is broken (see below under Data Quality);

FILE_TYPE_CODE: Populated from FTA, this is the type of tenure that the RAN number refers to (E01=grazing licence, E02/E03=grazing permit, H01=haycutting licence etc);

HAY_CUTTING_AREA_NO: Unique number that identifies an area that is or was used for haycutting. Some Districts use, others don't;

AUTHORIZED_HARVEST_TONNES: Not populated if Grazing. Provided in Tonnes of Hay Populated through ezlink. Previously may have populated if Tenure was grazing (and provided in AUMs);

RETIREMENT_DATE: Date of retirement. This field is populated when the tenure is archived and the “Retire” button in FTA is used. The “Retire” button cannot be used if the tenure status is anything but “AR”. Once the button is pushed, the date is put into this field. This has not been populated consistently for all records;

MAP_LABEL: Combination of RAN # (Forest_File_ID) and Block ID (Map_Block_ID);

CALENDAR_YEAR: The calendar year information entered. May not be populated;

TOTAL_AUTHORIZED_GRAZBL_FORAGE: Total number of Animal Unit Months (AUMs) grazed in the year (not including non-use (Non_Use_Forage) but does include private land deduction (Total_Private_Land_Graz_Forage)). It does not populate from the Hay Cutting tenures;

TOTAL_PRIVATE_LAND_GRAZ_FORAGE: Where unfenced private land runs adjacent to Crown land, a deduction in animal unit months is determined by considering the forage production capability of the private land;

NON_USE_FORAGE: The number of AUMs that have been scheduled for non-use as authorized by the District Manager. Populated when tenure in total or partial non-use;

NET_AUTHORIZED: A combination of the Total Authorized (Grazable Forage in AUMs (Total_Authorized_Grazble_Forage)) less the Private Land Deduction (PLD)(Total_Private_Land_Graz_Forage) plus the Non-use (Non_Use_Forage). Populated from FTA calculation. Not populated for Hay Cutting;

MAX_NO_OF_CATTLE "The number of cows, bulls, yearlings, or cow/calf pairs that will graze on Crown land during the year for a specific tenure. Populated by each District into FTA but value not required.";

MAX_NO_OF_SHEEP "The number of sheep that will graze on Crown land during the year for a specific tenure. Populated by each District into FTA but value not required.";

MAX_NO_OF_HORSES "The number of horses that will graze on Crown land during the year for a specific tenure. Populated by each District into FTA but value not required.";

MAX_NO_OF_OTHER_LIVESTOCK "The number of other livestock (eg. goats) that will graze on Crown land during the year for a specific tenure. Populated by each District into FTA but value not required.";

FILE_STATUS_CODE: The current status of the tenure (eg. A - Active, AR - Archived, P - Pending, AT - Archived, I - Inactive, SU - Suspended). Populated directly from FTA. DO NOT USE Used inconsistently by Districts so therefore use Life_Cycle_Status_Code;

ADMIN_DISTRICT_CODE: District code, eg. DCS, of Forest District responsible for tenure administration. May be different than geographic location of tenure;

ADMIN_DISTRICT_NAME: District name, eg. 100 Mile House Forest District, of Forest District responsible for tenure administration. May be different than geographic location of tenure;

LIFE_CYCLE_STATUS_CODE: The life cycle state of the Tenure. One of Pending, Active or Retired. Populated based on SQL from File_Status_Code. USE THIS FIELD to determine status of Tenure

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

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

Additional Information

Purpose

To delineate areas of resource allocation (forage as Animal Unit Months) under the Range Act. Range Use Plans, held by each managing District and Tenure holder, are the documents that detail use in particular areas (both spatial and temporal).

Data Quality

Data replication from the FTA data entry is not consistently working properly - the fix is through a human-processed script. Every effort is taken to ensure that data replication from FTA to spatial representation occurs (November 2015). At any time I am 100% confident of that the boundaries represent what is mapped by District staff and 95% certain that attributes (eg. client name) is correct. There is no timeline on when this will be fixed permanently by Information Management Branch. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Nancy Elliot, Nancy.Elliot@gov.bc.ca

Lineage Statement

Base information originates from 1:20,000 and TRIM and 1:20,000 Cadastral.

More Information

Contact Information

NameNancy Elliot, Rangeland Analyst (businessExpert)
EmailNancy.Elliot@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationStrategic Land Policy and Legislation
NameTiia Meere (pointOfContact)
Emailtiia.meere@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationForest Tenures
NamePerry Grilz, Director, Range Branch (custodian)
EmailPerry.Grilz@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationStrategic Land Policy and Legislation

Access & Security

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

Metadata Information

Record Published 2011-03-09
Record Last Modified 2019-05-04
Resource Status onGoing

Object Description

Object Name: WHSE_FOREST_TENURE.FTEN_RANGE_POLY_SVW

Short Name: FTN_RNG_PY
Comments: The spatial representation for a range tenure, which is an area of Crown range over which a Range Act tenure applies. A tenure holder may apply for a nonuse harvestable forage deduction against a tenure's total authorized harvestable forag

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
FOREST_FILE_ID FFID VARCHAR2 10 File identification assigned to Provincial Forest Use files. Assigned file number. Usually the Licence, Tenure or Private Mark number.
MAP_BLOCK_ID MAP_BLK_ID VARCHAR2 10 Map block id. Must be unique with relation to the forest file.
CLIENT_NUMBER CLNTNMBR VARCHAR2 8 Sequentially assigned number to identify a ministry client.
CLIENT_LOCATION_CODE CLIENT_LOC VARCHAR2 2 A code to uniquely identify, within each client, the addresses of different divisions or locations at which the client operates.
CLIENT_NAME CLNTNM VARCHAR2 91 The name of the Ministry Client - Company or Individual. Entered as: the full corporate name if a Corporation; the full registered name if a Partnership; the legal name if an Individual.
FILE_TYPE_CODE FILE_TP_CD VARCHAR2 3 The FTAS code to indicate the type of file, and often synonymous with a tenure or a project.
HAY_CUTTING_AREA_NO HAY_CUT_NO VARCHAR2 4 The range hay cutting area number.
AUTHORIZED_HARVEST_TONNES AUTH_TON NUMBER 5 The range authorized harvest tonnage.
RETIREMENT_DATE RETIRE_DT DATE 7 The date and time the range feature was retired.
MAP_LABEL MAP_LABEL VARCHAR2 21 The default label to be used when displaying the feature on a map. Consists of the FOREST_FILE_ID and MAP_BLOCK_ID.
CALENDAR_YEAR CAL_YEAR NUMBER 5 The calender year beginning January 1 and ending December 31.
TOTAL_AUTHORIZED_GRAZBL_FORAGE TOTAL_AUTH NUMBER 10 The number of Animal Unit Months the Tenure Holder is authorized to use annually for the life of the tenure.
TOTAL_PRIVATE_LAND_GRAZ_FORAGE TOTAL_PRIV NUMBER 10 Where unfenced private land runs adjacent to Crown land, a deduction in animal unit months is determined by considering the forage production capability of the private land.
NON_USE_FORAGE NNSFRG NUMBER 5 The number of animal unit months that have been scheduled for nonuse as authorized by the district manager.
NET_AUTHORIZED_GRAZABLE_FORAGE NTTHRZDGRZ NUMBER 38 Net_Authorized_Grazable_Forage is the total amount of Crown range forage that could be grazed (includes non-use but does not include private land). Measured in Animal Unit Months (AUM).
MAX_NO_OF_CATTLE NO_CATTLE NUMBER 5 The number of cows, bulls, yearlings, or cow/calf pairsthat will graze on Crown land during the year for a specific tenure.
MAX_NO_OF_SHEEP NO_SHEEP NUMBER 5 The number of sheep that will graze on Crown land duringthe year for a specific tenure.
MAX_NO_OF_HORSES NO_HORSES NUMBER 5 The number of horses that will graze on Crown land during the year for a specific tenure.
MAX_NO_OF_OTHER_LIVESTOCK OTH_LVSTCK NUMBER 5 The number of other livestock that will graze on Crown land during the year for a specific tenure.
FEATURE_AREA FEAT_AREA NUMBER 15 Spatial feature area in square metres. This value is calculated
FEATURE_PERIMETER FEAT_PERIM NUMBER 12 Spatial perimeter length in metres. This value is calculated.
FEATURE_CLASS_SKEY FEAT_CLASS NUMBER 10 Unique identifier for a spatial feature class.
FILE_STATUS_CODE FILE_ST_CD VARCHAR2 3 The current status of the forest land use, eg., Pending - Planned, Harvesting - Suspended, Active. This is a subset of Timber_Status_Code.
ADMIN_DISTRICT_CODE ADM_DST_CD VARCHAR2 6 The code of the administrative district associated with this range tenure.
ADMIN_DISTRICT_NAME ADM_DST_NM VARCHAR2 100 The name of the administrative district associated with this range tenure.
LIFE_CYCLE_STATUS_CODE LIFE_ST_CD VARCHAR2 10 The life cycle state of the item. One of Pending, Active or Retired.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM NUMBER 19
FEATURE_LENGTH_M NUMBER 19
GEOMETRY GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 64 GEOMETRY is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a required attribute of feature classes and object classes in a geodatabase.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000

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