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Wildlife Habitat Areas - Approved

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - Species at Risk Recovery
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

The dataset contains approved legal boundaries for wildlife habitat areas and specified areas for species at risk and regionally important wildlife.

Additional information including approved orders associated with WHAs is available here.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

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

Additional Information


The dataset provides the location of approved wildlife habitat areas and specified areas.

Contact Information

NameWildlife Species Inventory Team (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Sub-OrganizationKnowledge Management
NameJeff Shatford (businessExpert)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationSpecies at Risk Recovery

Access & Security

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

Metadata Information

Record Published 2011-03-09
Record Last Modified 2021-09-28
Resource Status completed

Object Description


Short Name: WCP_WHAPLY

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
HABITAT_AREA_ID HAB_AR_ID NUMBER 6 HABITAT AREA ID is the primary unique numeric identifier for a feature that is maintained by the system. e.g., 45
TAG WHA_TAG VARCHAR2 14 TAG is an alphanumeric tag identifying the Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA), e.g., 6-001, where '6' is the Ministry of Environment region number
APPROVAL_DATE APRV_DATE DATE 7 APPROVAL DATE is the date approved by the Statutory Decision Maker. e.g., 14/12/2001
NOTICE_DATE NOTICE_DAT DATE 7 NOTICE DATE is the date posted to the BC Gazette. e.g., 20/12/2001
FEATURE_NOTES FEAT_NOTES VARCHAR2 255 FEATURE NOTES is an optional description or information regarding the WHA polygon. e.g., Wildlife Habitat Core Area
FEATURE_CODE FCODE VARCHAR2 10 FEATURE CODE is the Ministry of Environment database code identifying the feature category. e.g., FF33515120
ORG_ORGANIZATION_ID ORG_ID NUMBER 16 System generated unique key for organization.
COMMON_SPECIES_NAME COMMON_NAM VARCHAR2 50 COMMON SPECIES NAME is a common name of species that is protected by wildlife legal boundary.
LEGISLATION_ACT_NAME LEGAL VARCHAR2 50 LEGISLATION ACT NAME is the name of applicable Provincial legislation for the Wildlife Habitat Area, e.g. "FRPA" (Forest and Range Practices Act)
TIMBER_HARVEST_CODE HARVEST VARCHAR2 50 TIMBER HARVEST CODE contains information on timber harvest in the WHA polygon under FRPA. e.g., "NO HARVEST ZONE" or "CONDITIONAL HARVEST ZONE" - consult Order for General Wildlife Measures.
HECTARES HECTARES NUMBER 12 HECTARES is an area of the polygon in hectares. e.g., 499.1
GEOMETRY GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 1 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 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 AREA_SQM NUMBER 19 FEATURE_AREA_SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters