Metadata: MNDNR Native Plant Communities

MNDNR Native Plant Communities

This page last updated: 07/15/2015
Metadata created using Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines

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  1. Overview
  2. Data Quality
  3. Data Organization
  4. Coordinate System
  5. Attributes
  6. Distribution - Get Data
  7. Metadata Reference

Section 1: Overview

Originator:MNDNR (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) - Division of Ecological and Water Resources - Biological Survey

Title: MNDNR Native Plant Communities

Abstract: This dataset contains 3 main feature classes. See the detailed description of each feature class in the individual metadata files below:
MNDNR Native Plant Communities
DNR NPC and Land Cover - EWR
DNR NPC and Land Cover - Parks and Trails

Purpose: To foster better understanding and protection of Minnesota's native plant communities

Time Period of Content Date: 05/21/2024

Currentness Reference: Time Period of Content date indicates the date which the user can be confident of accuracy and completeness of the dataset. See the attribute field OBSERVATION_YEAR which indicates when specific features were observed.

Progress: In work

Maintenance and Update Frequency: Continually

Spatial Extent of Data:

Bounding Coordinates: -96.810633

Place Keywords: Minnesota, MN

Theme Keywords: biota, Native Plant Communities, Natural Communities, Rare Plants, Natural Heritage, Biological Survey, g-ranks, s-ranks, global ranks, state ranks, diversity, trees, conservation ranks, condition ranks, biodiversity, ecology, plants, vegetation

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Category

Access Constraints: None

Use Constraints: Use of the data are constrained only by the DNR GIS Data License Agreement. See the Distribution Liability section below for a link. Users must also include an acknowledgment of the Minnesota Biological Survey as the source of information to any derived products.

Contact Person Information: Jason Johnson, Ecologist
Minnesota DNR - Ecological and Water Resources
Box 25
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-259-5150

Browse Graphic: Click to view a data sample.

Associated Data Sets:

Section 2: Data Quality

Attribute Accuracy: Attributes go through a rigorous certification process

Logical Consistency: Data are topologically structured and verified.

Completeness: NPC data are complete for each county with MBS data and all State Parks. State Forests and WMA are partially complete. Parks and Trails data are complete for each PAT unit (excluding trails) and are under constant refinement as new surveys are completed.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy: No quantitative studies of horizontal positional accuracy exist for the data. Positional accuracy can be reasonably estimated based on the characteristics of source materials and processing techniques to be 45-60 feet (14-18 meters) from correct position.

Vertical Positional Accuracy: Not Applicable

Lineage: This data is extracted from the Minnesota DNR's Native Plant Community database sytem. Candidate features and attributes go through extensive verification and quality control before being certified for publishing through the MNDNR's Geospatial Data Resource site and the Minnesota Geospatial Commons.

Section 3: Spatial Data Organization (not used in this metadata)

Section 4: Coordinate System

Horizontal Coordinate Scheme: Universal Transverse Mercator

UTM Zone Number: 15

Horizontal Datum: NAD83

Horizontal Units: meters

Vertical Datum: not applicable

Vertical Units: Not Applicable

Depth Datum: not applicable

Depth Units: Not Applicable

Section 5: Attributes

Overview: This derived product includes coded fields (described in the detailed section of the individual layer metadata files) as well as descriptive fields, where the meanings of the codes have been added to this product for user convenience.

***Definitions for NPC complex codes which occur in the NPC_code field are found at NPC Complex list.

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Section 6: Distribution

Publisher: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Publication Date: 07/11/2014

Contact Person Information: Zeb Thomas, GIS Data Systems Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN  55155-4011
Phone: 651-259-5637

Distributor's Data Set Identifier: biota_dnr_native_plant_comm

Distribution Liability: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources General Geographic Data License Agreement is online:

Ordering Instructions: Please visit the download page for this dataset on the Minnesota Geospatial Commons website using the web link below (Online Linkage).

Online Linkage: I AGREE to the notice in "Distribution Liability" above. Clicking to agree will either begin the download process, link to a service, or provide more instructions. See "Ordering Instructions" above for details.

Section 7: Metadata Reference

Metadata Date: 07/15/2015

Contact Person Information: Zeb Thomas, GIS Data Systems Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN  55155-4011
Phone: 651-259-5637

Metadata Standard Name: Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines

Metadata Standard Version: 1.2

This page last updated: 07/15/2015
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