Metadata: DNR NPC and Land Cover - EWR

DNR NPC and Land Cover - EWR

This page last updated: 12/04/2014
Metadata created using Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines

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

Section 1: Overview

Originator:Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Title: DNR NPC and Land Cover - EWR

Abstract: This dataset is partly a subset of the DNR Native Plant Communities dataset. It includes Native Plant Community polygons that intersect the MBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance polygons. Other polygons in this dataset represent disturbed lands that intersect MBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance. (Distrubed lands are not included in the DNR Native Plant Communities dataset.)

This dataset contains survey results of the Minnesota Biological Survey (MBS) and the State Park land cover data. In some locations, it may also contain survey results from the Forestry native plant community data and the Wildlife Management Areas land cover data. It includes polygons representing the highest quality native plant communities remaining in surveyed areas (typically counties). These native plant communities are important areas for conservation.

Native plant communities (sometimes also referred to as "natural communities") are groups of native plants that interact with each other and their surrounding environment in ways not greatly altered by modern human activity or by introduced plant or animal species. These groups of native species form recognizable units, such as an oak forest, a prairie, or a marsh, that tend to repeat across the landscape and over time.

Native plant communities are generally classified and described by considering vegetation, hydrology, land forms, soils, and natural disturbance regimes. The native plant community types and subtypes in this data layer are classified primarily by vegetation and major habitat features.

Areas that are not mapped as native plant community polygons primarily represent: 1) land where modern human activities such as farming, overgrazing, wetland drainage, recent logging and residential and commercial development have destroyed or greatly altered the natural vegetation; and 2) native plant community polygons that were below minimal size criteria.

Note: some areas that are not mapped are important for conservation. They may include habitat for native plants and animals, corridors for animal movement, buffers surrounding high quality natural areas and open space, and target areas for restoration.

Purpose: To address Native Plant Community and other land cover questions about lands that fall within MBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance.

Time Period of Content Date:

Currentness Reference: Time Period of Content Date in metadata.html indicates when dataset was last updated. 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: State of Minnesota

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
500 Lafayette Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-259-5150

Browse Graphic: None available

Associated Data Sets: MBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance, DNR Native Plant Communities

Section 2: Data Quality

Attribute Accuracy: Attributes go through a rigorous certification process

Logical Consistency: Data are topologically structured and verified.

Completeness: Data are complete for each county with MBS data and all State Parks. State Forests and WMA are partially complete.

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 this metadata) as well as descriptive fields, where the meanings of the codes have been added to this product for user convenience. We have simply documented the coded fields here and included their valid value domains and descriptive meanings.

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

Detailed Citation:

Table Detail:
dnr_npc_land_cover_ewr - Primary Feature Class Attribute Table
Field NameValid ValuesDefinitionDefinition Source
Concatonation of NPC_code and NPC_description fields. Useful for creating map legends.
NPC_codeenumeratedNative Plant Community and Complex codes. NPC Complex codes end in end in _CX.Classifications come from 1) Field Guide to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota (see, 2) complex list (see Section 5 overview), and 3) non_npc_type values
APAcid Peatland System
APnAcid Peatland System Northern
APn80Northern Spruce Bog
APn80aBlack Spruce Bog
APn80a1Black Spruce Bog: Treed Subtype
APn80a2Black Spruce Bog: Semi-Treed Subtype
APn81Northern Poor Conifer Swamp
APn81aPoor Black Spruce Swamp
APn81bPoor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp
APn81b1Poor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp: Black Spruce Subtype
APn81b2Poor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp: Tamarack Subtype
APn90Northern Open Bog
APn90aLow Shrub Bog
APn90bGraminoid Bog
APn90b1Graminoid Bog: Typic Subtype
APn90b2Graminoid Bog: Schlenke Subtype
APn91Northern Poor Fen
APn91aLow Shrub Poor Fen
APn91bGraminoid Poor Fen (Basin)
APn91cGraminoid Poor Fen (Water Track)
APn91c1Graminoid Poor Fen (Water Track): Featureless Water Track Subtype
APn91c2Graminoid Poor Fen (Water Track): Flark Subtype
CTCliff/Talus System
CTnCliff/Talus System Northern
CTn11Northern Dry Cliff
CTn11aDry Mafic Cliff (Northern)
CTn11bDry Rove Cliff (Northern)
CTn11cDry Thomson Cliff (Northern)
CTn11dDry Felsic Cliff (Northern)
CTn11eDry Sandstone Cliff (Northern)
CTn12Northern Open Talus
CTn12aDry Open Talus (Northern)
CTn12bMesic Open Talus (Northern)
CTn24Northern Scrub Talus
CTn24aDry Scrub Talus (Northern)
CTn24bMesic Scrub Talus (Northern)
CTn32Northern Mesic Cliff
CTn32aMesic Mafic Cliff (Northern)
CTn32bMesic Rove Cliff (Northern)
CTn32cMesic Thomson Cliff (Northern)
CTn32dMesic Felsic Cliff (Northern)
CTn32eMesic Sandstone Cliff (Northern)
CTn42Northern Wet Cliff
CTn42aWet Mafic Cliff (Northern)
CTn42bWet Rove Cliff (Northern)
CTn42cWet Felsic Cliff (Northern)
CTn42dWet Sandstone Cliff (Northern)
CTsCliff/Talus System Southern
CTs12Southern Dry Cliff
CTs12aDry Sandstone Cliff (Southern)
CTs12bDry Limestone - Dolomite Cliff (Southern)
CTs12cDry Sioux Quartzite Cliff (Southern)
CTs23Southern Open Talus
CTs23aDry Limestone - Dolomite Talus (Southern)
CTs23bMesic Limestone - Dolomite Talus (Southern)
CTs33Southern Mesic Cliff
CTs33aMesic Sandstone Cliff (Southern)
CTs33bMesic Limestone - Dolomite Cliff (Southern)
CTs43Southern Maderate Cliff
CTs43aMaderate Cliff
CTs43a1Maderate Cliff: Limestone Subtype
CTs43a2Maderate Cliff: Dolomite Subtype
CTs46Southern Algific Talus
CTs46aAlgific Talus
CTs46a1Algific Talus: Limestone Subtype
CTs46a2Algific Talus: Dolomite Subtype
CTs53Southern Wet Cliff
CTs53aWet Sandstone Cliff (Southern)
CTs53bWet Limestone - Dolomite Cliff (Southern)
CTuCliff/Talus System Superior
CTu22Lake Superior Cliff
CTu22aExposed Mafic Cliff (Lake Superior)
CTu22bExposed Felsic Cliff (Lake Superior)
CTu22cSheltered Mafic Cliff (Lake Superior)
FDFire-Dependent Forest/Woodland System
FDcFire-Dependent Forest/Woodland System Central
FDc12Central Poor Dry Pine Woodland
FDc12aJack Pine - (Bearberry) Woodland
FDc23Central Dry Pine Woodland
FDc23aJack Pine - (Yarrow) Woodland
FDc23a1Jack Pine - (Yarrow) Woodland: Ericaceous Shrub Subtype
FDc23a2Jack Pine - (Yarrow) Woodland: Bur Oak - Aspen Subtype
FDc24Central Rich Dry Pine Woodland
FDc24aJack Pine - (Bush Honeysuckle) Woodland
FDc24a1Jack Pine - (Bush Honeysuckle) Woodland: Bracken Subtype
FDc24a2Jack Pine - (Bush Honeysuckle) Woodland: Bur Oak - Carrion-Flower Subtype
FDc25Central Dry Oak-Aspen (Pine) Woodland
FDc25aJack Pine - Oak Woodland
FDc25bOak - Aspen Woodland
FDc34Central Dry-Mesic Pine-Hardwood Forest
FDc34aRed Pine - White Pine Forest
FDc34bOak - Aspen Forest
FDnFire-Dependent Forest/Woodland System Northern
FDn12Northern Dry-Sand Pine Woodland
FDn12aJack Pine Woodland (Sand)
FDn12bRed Pine Woodland (Sand)
FDn22Northern Dry-Bedrock Pine (Oak) Woodland
FDn22aJack Pine Woodland (Bedrock)
FDn22bRed Pine - White Pine Woodland (Northeastern Bedrock)
FDn22cPin Oak Woodland (Bedrock)
FDn22dRed Pine - White Pine Woodland (Eastcentral Bedrock)
FDn32Northern Poor Dry-Mesic Mixed Woodland
FDn32aRed Pine - White Pine Woodland (Canadian Shield)
FDn32bRed Pine - White Pine Woodland (Minnesota Point)
FDn32cBlack Spruce - Jack Pine Woodland
FDn32c1Black Spruce - Jack Pine Woodland: Jack Pine - Balsam Fir Subtype
FDn32c2Black Spruce - Jack Pine Woodland: Black Spruce - Feathermoss Subtype
FDn32c3Black Spruce - Jack Pine Woodland: Jack Pine - Black Spruce - Aspen Subtype
FDn32dJack Pine - Black Spruce Woodland (Sand)
FDn32eSpruce - Fir Woodland (North Shore)
FDn33Northern Dry-Mesic Mixed Woodland
FDn33aRed Pine - White Pine Woodland
FDn33a1Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Balsam Fir Subtype
FDn33a2Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Mountain Maple Subtype
FDn33bAspen - Birch Woodland
FDn33cBlack Spruce Woodland
FDn43Northern Mesic Mixed Forest
FDn43aWhite Pine - Red Pine Forest
FDn43bAspen - Birch Forest
FDn43b1Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype
FDn43b2Aspen - Birch Forest: Hardwood Subtype
FDn43cUpland White Cedar Forest
FDsFire-Dependent Forest/Woodland System Southern
FDs27Southern Dry-Mesic Pine-Oak Woodland
FDs27aJack Pine - Oak Woodland (Sand)
FDs27bWhite Pine - Oak Woodland (Sand)
FDs27cBlack Oak - White Oak Woodland (Sand)
FDs36Southern Dry-Mesic Oak-Aspen Forest
FDs36aBur Oak - Aspen Forest
FDs37Southern Dry-Mesic Oak (Maple) Woodland
FDs37aOak - (Red Maple) Woodland
FDs37bPin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland
FDs38Southern Dry-Mesic Oak-Hickory Woodland
FDs38aOak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland
FDwFire-Dependent Forest/Woodland System Northwestern
FDw24Northwestern Dry-Mesic Oak Woodland
FDw24aBur Oak - (Prairie Herb) Woodland
FDw24bBur Oak - (Forest Herb) Woodland
FDw34Northwestern Mesic Aspen-Oak Woodland
FDw34aAspen - (Prairie Herb) Woodland
FDw34bAspen - (Beaked Hazel) Woodland
FDw44Northwestern Wet-Mesic Aspen Woodland
FDw44aAspen - (Cordgrass) Woodland
FDw44bAspen - (Chokecherry) Woodland
FFFloodplain Forest System
FFnFloodplain Forest System Northern
FFn57Northern Terrace Forest
FFn57aBlack Ash - Silver Maple Terrace Forest
FFn67Northern Floodplain Forest
FFn67aSilver Maple - (Sensitive Fern) Floodplain Forest
FFsFloodplain Forest System Southern
FFs59Southern Terrace Forest
FFs59aSilver Maple - Green Ash - Cottonwood Terrace Forest
FFs59bSwamp White Oak Terrace Forest
FFs59cElm - Ash - Basswood Terrace Forest
FFs68Southern Floodplain Forest
FFs68aSilver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest
FPForested Rich Peatland System
FPnForested Rich Peatland System Northern
FPn62Northern Rich Spruce Swamp (Basin)
FPn62aRich Black Spruce Swamp (Basin)
FPn63Northern Cedar Swamp
FPn63aWhite Cedar Swamp (Northeastern)
FPn63bWhite Cedar Swamp (Northcentral)
FPn63cWhite Cedar Swamp (Northwestern)
FPn71Northern Rich Spruce Swamp (Water Track)
FPn71aRich Black Spruce Swamp (Water Track)
FPn72Northern Rich Tamarack Swamp (Eastern Basin)
FPn72aRich Tamarack Swamp (Eastcentral)
FPn73Northern Rich Alder Swamp
FPn73aAlder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp
FPn81Northern Rich Tamarack Swamp (Water Track)
FPn81aRich Tamarack (Sundew - Pitcher Plant) Swamp
FPn82Northern Rich Tamarack Swamp (Western Basin)
FPn82aRich Tamarack - (Alder) Swamp
FPn82bExtremely Rich Tamarack Swamp
FPsForested Rich Peatland System Southern
FPs63Southern Rich Conifer Swamp
FPs63aTamarack Swamp (Southern)
FPwForested Rich Peatland System Northwestern
FPw63Northwestern Rich Conifer Swamp
FPw63aTamarack - Black Spruce Swamp (Aspen Parkland)
FPw63bTamarack Seepage Swamp (Aspen Parkland)
LKLakeshore System
LKiLake Shore System Interior
LKi32Inland Lake Sand/Gravel/Cobble Shore
LKi32aSand Beach (Inland Lake)
LKi32bGravel/Cobble Beach (Inland Lake)
LKi43Inland Lake Rocky Shore
LKi43aBoulder Shore (Inland Lake)
LKi43bBedrock Shore (Inland Lake)
LKi54Inland Lake Clay/Mud Shore
LKi54aClay/Mud Shore (Inland Lake)
LKi54bMud Flat (Inland Lake)
LKi54b1Mud Flat (Inland Lake): Saline Subtype
LKi54b2Mud Flat (Inland Lake): Non-Saline Subtype
LKuLake Shore System Superior
LKu32Lake Superior Sand/Gravel/Cobble Shore
LKu32aBeachgrass Dune (Lake Superior)
LKu32bJuniper Dune Shrubland (Lake Superior)
LKu32cSand Beach (Lake Superior)
LKu32dBeach Ridge Shrubland (Lake Superior)
LKu32eGravel/Cobble Beach (Lake Superior)
LKu43Lake Superior Rocky Shore
LKu43aDry Bedrock Shore (Lake Superior)
LKu43bWet Rocky Shore (Lake Superior)
LKu43b1Wet Rocky Shore (Lake Superior): Cobble Subtype
LKu43b2Wet Rocky Shore (Lake Superior): Bedrock Subtype
MHMesic Hardwood Forest System
MHcMesic Hardwood Forest System Central
MHc26Central Dry-Mesic Oak-Aspen Forest
MHc26aOak - Aspen - Red Maple Forest
MHc26bRed Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Large-Flowered Trillium) Forest
MHc36Central Mesic Hardwood Forest (Eastern)
MHc36aRed Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous Till)
MHc36bRed Oak - Basswood Forest (Calcareous Till)
MHc37Central Mesic Hardwood Forest (Western)
MHc37aAspen - (Sugar Maple - Basswood) Forest
MHc37bSugar Maple - Basswood - (Aspen) Forest
MHc38Central Mesic Cold-Slope Hardwood-Conifer Forest
MHc38aWhite Pine - Sugar Maple - Basswood Forest (Cold Slope)
MHc47Central Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest
MHc47aBasswood - Black Ash Forest
MHnMesic Hardwood Forest System Northern
MHn35Northern Mesic Hardwood Forest
MHn35aAspen - Birch - Basswood Forest
MHn35bRed Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest
MHn44Northern Wet-Mesic Boreal Hardwood-Conifer Forest
MHn44aAspen - Birch - Red Maple Forest
MHn44bWhite Pine - White Spruce - Paper Birch Forest
MHn44cAspen - Fir Forest
MHn44dAspen - Birch - Fir Forest
MHn45Northern Mesic Hardwood (Cedar) Forest
MHn45aPaper Birch - Sugar Maple Forest (North Shore)
MHn45bWhite Cedar - Yellow Birch Forest
MHn45cSugar Maple Forest (North Shore)
MHn46Northern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest
MHn46aAspen - Ash Forest
MHn46bBlack Ash - Basswood Forest
MHn47Northern Rich Mesic Hardwood Forest
MHn47aSugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest
MHn47bSugar Maple - Basswood - (Horsetail) Forest
MHsMesic Hardwood Forest System Southern
MHs37Southern Dry-Mesic Oak Forest
MHs37aRed Oak - White Oak Forest
MHs37bRed Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest
MHs38Southern Mesic Oak-Basswood Forest
MHs38aWhite Pine - Oak - Sugar Maple Forest
MHs38bBasswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest
MHs38cRed Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest
MHs39Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest
MHs39aSugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest
MHs39bSugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest
MHs39cSugar Maple Forest (Big Woods)
MHs49Southern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest
MHs49aElm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Hackberry) Forest
MHs49bElm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Blue Beech) Forest
MHwMesic Hardwood Forest System Northwestern
MHw36Northwestern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest
MHw36aGreen Ash - Bur Oak - Elm Forest
MRMarsh System
MRnMarsh System Northern
MRn83Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh
MRn83aCattail - Sedge Marsh (Northern)
MRn83bCattail Marsh (Northern)
MRn93Northern Bulrush-Spikerush Marsh
MRn93aBulrush Marsh (Northern)
MRn93bSpikerush - Bur Reed Marsh (Northern)
MRpMarsh System Prairie
MRp83Prairie Mixed Cattail Marsh
MRp83aCattail - Sedge Marsh (Prairie)
MRp83bCattail Marsh (Prairie)
MRp93Prairie Bulrush-Arrowhead Marsh
MRp93aBulrush Marsh (Prairie)
MRp93bSpikerush - Bur Reed Marsh (Prairie)
MRp93cArrowhead Marsh (Prairie)
MRuMarsh System Superior
MRu94Lake Superior Coastal Marsh
MRu94aEstuary Marsh (Lake Superior)
OPOpen Rich Peatland System
OPnOpen Rich Peatland System Northern
OPn81Northern Shrub Shore Fen
OPn81aBog Birch - Alder Shore Fen
OPn81bLeatherleaf - Sweet Gale Shore Fen
OPn91Northern Rich Fen (Water Track)
OPn91aShrub Rich Fen (Water Track)
OPn91bGraminoid Rich Fen (Water Track)
OPn91b1Graminoid Rich Fen (Water Track): Featureless Water Track Subtype
OPn91b2Graminoid Rich Fen (Water Track): Flark Subtype
OPn92Northern Rich Fen (Basin)
OPn92aGraminoid Rich Fen (Basin)
OPn92bGraminoid - Sphagnum Rich Fen (Basin)
OPn93Northern Extremely Rich Fen
OPn93aSpring Fen
OPpOpen Rich Peatland System Prairie
OPp91Prairie Rich Fen
OPp91aRich Fen (Mineral Soil)
OPp91bRich Fen (Peatland)
OPp91cRich Fen (Prairie Seepage)
OPp93Prairie Extremely Rich Fen
OPp93aCalcareous Fen (Northwestern)
OPp93bCalcareous Fen (Southwestern)
OPp93cCalcareous Fen (Southeastern)
RORock Outcrop System
ROnRock Outcrop System Northern
ROn12Northern Bedrock Outcrop
ROn12aSandstone Outcrop (Northern)
ROn12bCrystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Northern)
ROn23Northern Bedrock Shrubland
ROn23aBedrock Shrubland (Inland)
ROn23bBedrock Shrubland (Lake Superior)
ROsRock Outcrop System Southern
ROs12Southern Bedrock Outcrop
ROs12aCrystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Prairie)
ROs12a1Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Prairie): Minnesota River Subtype
ROs12a2Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Prairie): Sioux Quartzite Subtype
ROs12bCrystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Transition)
ROs12cSedimentary Bedrock Outcrop (Southeast)
ROs12c1Sedimentary Bedrock Outcrop (Southeast): Sandstone Subtype
ROs12c2Sedimentary Bedrock Outcrop (Southeast): Limestone-Dolomite Subtype
RVRiver Shore System
RVxRiver Shore System
RVx32Sand/Gravel/Cobble River Shore
RVx32aWillow Sandbar Shrubland (River)
RVx32bSand Beach/Sandbar (River)
RVx32b1Sand Beach/Sandbar (River): Intermittent Streambed Subtype
RVx32b2Sand Beach/Sandbar (River): Permanent Stream Subtype
RVx32cGravel/Cobble Beach (River)
RVx32c1Gravel/Cobble Beach (River): Intermittent Streambed Subtype
RVx32c2Gravel/Cobble Beach (River): Permanent Stream Subtype
RVx43Rocky River Shore
RVx43aBedrock/Boulder Shore (River)
RVx43a1Bedrock/Boulder Shore (River): Intermittent Streambed Subtype
RVx43a2Bedrock/Boulder Shore (River): Permanent Stream Subtype
RVx54Clay/Mud River Shore
RVx54aSlumping Clay/Mud Slope (River)
RVx54bClay/Mud Shore (River)
RVx54b1Clay/Mud Shore (River): Intermittent Streambed Subtype
RVx54b2Clay/Mud Shore (River): Permanent Stream Subtype
UPUpland Prairie System
UPnUpland Prairie System Northern
UPn12Northern Dry Prairie
UPn12aDry Barrens Prairie (Northern)
UPn12bDry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Northern)
UPn12cDry Sand - Gravel Brush-Prairie (Northern)
UPn12dDry Hill Prairie (Northern)
UPn13Northern Dry Savanna
UPn13aDry Barrens Jack Pine Savanna (Northern)
UPn13bDry Barrens Oak Savanna (Northern)
UPn13cDry Sand - Gravel Oak Savanna (Northern)
UPn13dDry Hill Oak Savanna (Northern)
UPn23Northern Mesic Prairie
UPn23aMesic Brush-Prairie (Northern)
UPn23bMesic Prairie (Northern)
UPn24Northern Mesic Savanna
UPn24aMesic Oak Savanna (Northern)
UPn24bAspen Openings (Northern)
UPsUpland Prairie System Southern
UPs13Southern Dry Prairie
UPs13aDry Barrens Prairie (Southern)
UPs13bDry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)
UPs13cDry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern)
UPs13dDry Hill Prairie (Southern)
UPs14Southern Dry Savanna
UPs14aDry Barrens Oak Savanna (Southern)
UPs14a1Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Southern): Jack Pine Subtype
UPs14a2Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Southern): Oak Subtype
UPs14bDry Sand - Gravel Oak Savanna (Southern)
UPs14cDry Hill Oak Savanna (Southern)
UPs23Southern Mesic Prairie
UPs23aMesic Prairie (Southern)
UPs24Southern Mesic Savanna
UPs24aMesic Oak Savanna (Southern)
WFWet Forest System
WFnWet Forest System Northern
WFn53Northern Wet Cedar Forest
WFn53aLowland White Cedar Forest (North Shore)
WFn53bLowland White Cedar Forest (Northern)
WFn55Northern Wet Ash Swamp
WFn55aBlack Ash - Aspen - Balsam Poplar Swamp (Northeastern)
WFn55bBlack Ash - Yellow Birch - Red Maple - Basswood Swamp (Eastcentral)
WFn55cBlack Ash - Mountain Maple Swamp (Northern)
WFn64Northern Very Wet Ash Swamp
WFn64aBlack Ash - Conifer Swamp (Northeastern)
WFn64bBlack Ash - Yellow Birch - Red Maple - Alder Swamp (Eastcentral)
WFn64cBlack Ash - Alder Swamp (Northern)
WFn74Northern Wet Alder Swamp
WFn74aAlder - (Red Currant - Meadow-Rue) Swamp
WFsWet Forest System Southern
WFs55Southern Wet Aspen Forest
WFs55aLowland Aspen Forest
WFs57Southern Wet Ash Swamp
WFs57aBlack Ash - (Red Maple) Seepage Swamp
WFs57bBlack Ash - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Blue Beech) Seepage Swamp
WFwWet Forest System Northwestern
WFw54Northwestern Wet Aspen Forest
WFw54aLowland Black Ash - Aspen - Balsam Poplar Forest
WMWet Meadow/Carr System
WMnWet Meadow/Carr System Northern
WMn82Northern Wet Meadow/Carr
WMn82aWillow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp
WMn82bSedge Meadow
WMn82b1Sedge Meadow: Bluejoint Subtype
WMn82b2Sedge Meadow: Tussock Sedge Subtype
WMn82b3Sedge Meadow: Beaked Sedge Subtype
WMn82b4Sedge Meadow: Lake Sedge Subtype
WMpWet Meadow/Carr System Prairie
WMp73Prairie Wet Meadow/Carr
WMp73aPrairie Meadow/Carr
WMsWet Meadow/Carr System Southern
WMs83Southern Seepage Meadow/Carr
WMs83aSeepage Meadow/Carr
WMs83a1Seepage Meadow/Carr Tussock: Sedge Subtype
WMs83a2Seepage Meadow/Carr: Aquatic Sedge Subtype
WMs83a3Seepage Meadow/Carr: Impatiens Subtype
WMs92Southern Basin Wet Meadow/Carr
WMs92aBasin Meadow/Carr
WPWetland Prairie System
WPnWetland Prairie System Northern
WPn53Northern Wet Prairie
WPn53aWet Seepage Prairie (Northern)
WPn53bWet Brush-Prairie (Northern)
WPn53cWet Prairie (Northern)
WPn53dWet Saline Prairie (Northern)
WPsWetland Prairie System Southern
WPs54Southern Wet Prairie
WPs54aWet Seepage Prairie (Southern)
WPs54bWet Prairie (Southern)
WPs54cWet Saline Prairie (Southern)
AFP_CXAlder Swamp / Forested Peatland Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
AOX_CXAspen - Oak Woodland Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
ASBH_CXAlder Swamp / Wet Alder Swamp / Wet-Mesic Boreal Hardwood-Conifer Forestcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
ASM_CXAlder Swamp / Northern Sedge Meadow Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
ASP_CXAspen Parkland Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
ASR_CXAgassiz Shoreline Ridge and Swale Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
AWAF_CXAspen Woodland/Forest Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
CSW_CXConifer Swamp Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
DCT_CXDry Mafic Cliff (Northern) / Northern Talus Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
FCT_CXFelsic Cliff (Northern) / Northern Talus Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
FPT_CXForested Peatland / Upland Transition Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
FW_CXForest Wetland Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
FWMM_CXFen/Wet Meadow/Marsh Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
JPSW_CXBlack Spruce Jack Pine Woodland Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
MCT_CXMesic Mafic Cliff (Northern) / Northern Talus Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
MF_PDMW_CXMesic Forest_Poor Dry-Mesic Woodland Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
MFS_CXMeadow - Marsh - Fen - Swamp Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
MHF_CXMesic Hardwood Forest Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
MHS_CXSouthwestern Rich Mesic Hardwood Forest Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
MMS_CXMeadow - Marsh - Fen-Swamp Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
MMWF_CXMesic Mix / Wet Forest Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
MOW_CXMarsh-Open Water Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
MSA_CXMeadow - Marsh - Shrub Swamp - Wet Aspen Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
MSM_CXMeadow - Shrub Swamp - Marsh - Wet-Mesic Hardwood Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
NPF_CXNorthern Poor Fen Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
NT_CXNorthern Talus Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
NWF_CXNorthwestern Upland Hardwood Forest Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
OSW_CXCrystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Northern) / Bedrock Shrubland (Inland) / Woodland Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
PBW_CXParkland Brush Prairie - Wetland Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
PMA_CXWet-Mesic Prairie / Lowland Aspen Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
PWL_CXPrairie Wetland Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
RIP_CXParkland Riparian Forest Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
ROCW_CXThomson Outcrop / Cliff / Woodland Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
ROP_CXRock Outcrop - Dry Prairie Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
RRS_CXRiver / Rocky Shore Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
RRV_CXSand / Gravel / Cobble / Bedrock / Boulder Shore (River) Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
RSO_CXLake Superior Rocky Shore / Bedrock Shrubland / Bedrock Outcrop Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
SFS_CXShrub Shore Fen / Low Gradient Stream Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
SS_CXShrub Swamp Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
SWP_CXSaline Wet Prairie Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
WFWM_CXNorthern Wet Meadow Wet Forest Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
AIP_CXAgassiz Interbeach Prairie Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
CMH_CXCentral Dry-Mesic Wet-Mesic Hardwood Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
DPW_CXDry Prairie - Woodland Complex - Centralcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
SEW_CXSeepage Wetland Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
ABR_CXAgassiz Beach Ridge Complexcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
A_CPNconifer plantationnon_npc_type
A_DPNdeciduous plantationnon_npc_type
A_FIREanthropogenic firenon_npc_type
A_HDFhuman disturbed forestnon_npc_type
A_HDWhuman disturbed wetlandnon_npc_type
A_MPNmixed plantationnon_npc_type
A_OFDold fieldnon_npc_type
A_RSPrestored prairienon_npc_type
A_YFyoung forestnon_npc_type
N_BDbeaver disturbednon_npc_type
N_BYFblowdown young forestnon_npc_type
N_FIREnatural wildfirenon_npc_type
N_IDDinsect or disease disturbednon_npc_type
DLdisturbed land (unspecified)non_npc_type
condition_rankenumeratedStandard ranking of condition of native plant community.Guidelines for Assigning Statewide Biodiversity Significance Ranks to Minnesota County Biological Survey Sites (
NRNot Ranked
system_codeenumeratedTwo character substring of NPC_code indicating system level of the classification.Field Guide to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota (see
APAcid Peatland System
CMXComplex community
CTCliff/Talus System
FCFacilities System
FDFire-Dependent Forest/Woodland System
FFFloodplain Forest System
FPForested Rich Peatland System
LKLakeshore System
MHMesic Hardwood Forest System
MRMarsh System
NNSNon-Natural System
ONSOther Natural System
OPOpen Rich Peatland System
RORock Outcrop System
RVRiver Shore System
UPUpland Prairie System
WFWet Forest System
WMWet Meadow/Carr System
WPWetland Prairie System
floristic_region_codeenumeratedThree character NPC_code substring indicating MBS Floristic Region CodeField Guide to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota (see
APnAcid Peatland System, Northern Floristic Region
CMXComplex community
CTnCliff/Talus System, Northern Floristic Region
CTsCliff/Talus System, Southern Floristic Region
CTuCliff/Talus System, Lake Superior Floristic Region
FDcFire-Dependent Forest/Woodland System, Central Floristic Region
FDnFire-Dependent Forest/Woodland System, Northern Floristic Region
FDsFire-Dependent Forest/Woodland System, Southern Floristic Region
FDwFire-Dependent Forest/Woodland System, Northwestern Floristic Region
FFnFloodplain Forest System, Northern Floristic Region
FFsFloodplain Forest System, Southern Floristic Region
FPnForested Rich Peatland System, Northern Floristic Region
FPsForested Rich Peatland System, Southern Floristic Region
FPwForested Rich Peatland System
LKiLakeshore System, Inland Floristic Region
LKuLakeshore System, Lake Superior Floristic Region
MHcMesic Hardwood Forest System, Central Floristic Region
MHnMesic Hardwood Forest System, Northern Floristic Region
MHsMesic Hardwood Forest System, Southern Floristic Region
MHwMesic Hardwood Forest System, Northwestern Floristic Region
MRnMarsh System, Northern Floristic Region
MRpMarsh System, Prairie Floristic Region
MRuMarsh System, Lake Superior Floristic Region
OPnOpen Rich Peatland System, Northern Floristic Region
OPpOpen Rich Peatland System, Prairie Floristic Region
ROnRock Outcrop System, Northern Floristic Region
ROsRock Outcrop System, Southern Floristic Region
RVxRiver System
UPnUpland Prairie System, Northern Floristic Region
UPsUpland Prairie System, Southern Floristic Region
WFnWet Forest System , Northern Floristic Region
WFsWet Forest System , Southern Floristic Region
WFwWet Forest System , Northwestern Floristic Region
WMnWet Meadow/Carr System, Northern Floristic Region
WMpWet Meadow/Carr System , Prairie Floristic Region
WMsWet Meadow/Carr System, Southern Floristic Region
WPnWetland Prairie System, Northern Floristic Region
WPsWetland Prairie System, Southern Floristic Region
Five character substring of NPC_code, indicating NPC Class within which this community falls.Field Guide to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota (see
s_rank_codeenumeratedSub National Conservation Rank CodeNatureServe Conservation Status Rank: Interpreting G-ranks and S-ranks for Native Plant Communities (Version 1.3, April 1, 2009)
S1critically imperiled
S3vulnerable to extirpation or extinction
S4apparently secure
S5demonstrably widespread, abundant, and secure
biodiversity_signif_rankenumeratedEcological and Water Resources Division rank of overall siteGuidelines for Assigning Statewide Biodiversity Significance Ranks to Minnesota County Biological Survey Sites (
OutstandingSites containing the best occurrences of the rarest species, the most outstanding examples of the rarest native plant communities, and/or the largest, most intact functional landscapes present.
HighSites containing very good quality occurrences of the rarest species, high-quality examples of rare NPCs, and/or important functional landscapes.
ModerateSites containing occurrences of rare species and/or moderately disturbed NPCs, and/or landscapes that have a strong potential for recovery.
BelowSites below minimum biodiversity threshold for statewide significance. These sites lack occurrences of rare species or natural features or do not meet MCBS standards for Outstanding, High, or Moderate rank. These sites may include areas of conservation value at the local level, such as habitat for native plants and animals, corridors for animal movements, buffers surrounding higher quality natural areas, or areas with high potential for restoration of native habitat.
Name of Primary Observer
Name of Secondary Observer
Name of Tertiary Observer
Primary Observer Affiliation
Secondary Observer Affiliation
Tertiary Observer Affiliation
Primary Observer Details
Secondary Observer Details
Tertiary Observer Details
observation_year1986 to PresentYear Observation was Made
Name of person who submitted this record. May be different from observer.
admin_dnr_unitenumeratedMNDNR Division responsible for this record
FAWFish and Wildlife
PATParks and Trails
collection_methodenumeratedMethod used to acquire data
GGround Survey: Surveyor gained information about the community through ground survey; done for the purpose of NPC evaluation. This includes but is not limited to: comprehensive walk-through supported by waypoints & field notes, releves, or forestry transect worksheets. This is performed by you personally or performed by others and given to you to use.
EPeripheral Edge: Survey Surveyor gained information about the community by viewing from edge (drive-by, canoe, etc.) or cursory walk through. Again, this action is performed by you personally or performed by others and the data is given to you to use.
AAerial Survey: Surveyor gained information about the community by aircraft, helicopter, etc.
OOther: Surveyor used some type of physical document usually in the form of a report or publication that lends some supporting information about a map polygon. These are a contrast to the standard derived spatial layers typically consulted in a GIS. Examples would be a forest service report that included some reference text to help describe the NPC delineation/classification process, but the report was carried out for a purpose other than NPC evaluation.
PPhoto Interpretation: Using Derived Data layers the surveyor gained information about the community from data sources that do not represent a physical visit to the polygon for the purpose of NPC evaluation. This data is typically remotely sensed data (Air Photos, GAP, LiDAR, DEMs), extrapolated data (soil surveys, NWI) or other natural resource inventories (FIM, CSA).
NNon-DNR Data Source
photo_year1980 to PresentIf collection method includes photo, year of collection method photo.
photo_typeenumeratedIf collection method includes photo, type of photo used.
FSA ColorFarm Service Agency Full Color
Forestry CIRDNR Division of Forestry Color Infrared
NHAP CIRNational High Altitude Program Color Infrared
NAPP B&WNational Aerial Photography Program Black and White
DNR Forestry Color Infrared - Hard CopyDNR Forestry Color Infrared - Hard Copy
DNR Forestry Color Infrared - DOQsDNR Forestry Color Infrared - DOQs
2009 DNR Northeast MN 50cm Resolution Color Infrared Imagery2009 DNR Northeast MN 50cm Resolution Color Infrared Imagery
2008 FSA Color Infrared (CIR) Imagery2008 FSA Color Infrared (CIR) Imagery
2010 FSA Color Aerial Photography2010 FSA Color Aerial Photography
2009 DNR Northeast MN 50cm Resolution True Color Imagery2009 DNR Northeast MN 50cm Resolution True Color Imagery
General comments supporting NPC classification or other information pertaining to this NPC. Content should be related to classification, survey effort and/or condition.
Area of polygon in acres, calculated by GIS by automated method.
The name of the county that contains the polygon
The site number assigned in the MBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance dataset
The subsite number assigned in the MBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance dataset
The site name assigned in the MBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance dataset
Any comments about the site found in the MBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance dataset
non_npc_typeenumeratedThe non-NPC (disturbance) classification also found in the NPC_code field
A_CPNconifer plantation
A_DPNdeciduous plantation
A_FIREanthropogenic fire
A_HDWhuman disturbed wetland
A_MPNmixed plantation
A_OFDold field
A_RSPrestored prairie
A_YFyoung forest
N_BDbeaver disturbed
N_BYFblowdown young forest
DLdisturbed land (unspecified)
N_FIREnatural wildfire
N_IDDinsect or disease disturbed
A_HDFhuman disturbed forest
The NPC classification also found in the NPC_code fieldField Guide to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota (see
The NPC complex classification also found in the NPC_code fieldcomplex list (see Section 5 overview)
Older NPC classification if applicableMinnesota's Native Vegetation: A Key to Natural Communities Version 1.5 (see
Older NPC complex classification if applicablecomplex list (See Section 5 overview)
Old ID of the polygon from the retired MBS database if applicable

Section 6: Distribution

Publisher: MNDNR - Division of Ecological and Water Resources - Biological Survey

Publication Date: 09/02/2014

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: dnr_npc_land_cover_ewr

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: 12/04/2014

Contact Person Information: Jared Cruz, GIS Data Contact
Minnesota DNR - Ecological and Water Resources
500 Lafayette Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-259-5093

Metadata Standard Name: Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines

Metadata Standard Version: 1.2

This page last updated: 12/04/2014
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