Metadata: MN St. Louis River Area of Concern Habitat Projects - Non Management Action

MN St. Louis River Area of Concern Habitat Projects - Non Management Action

This page last updated: 02/03/2021
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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:Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Title: MN St. Louis River Area of Concern Habitat Projects - Non Management Action

Abstract: The dataset includes locations of habitat restoration and protection projects completed in the St. Louis River Area of Concern and described in a report titled: Habitat Restoration and Protection: St. Louis River Area of Concern, October 2020 ( ). These projects are not included as management actions in the 2013 Remedial Action Plan but warrant consideration when evaluating removal of Beneficial Use Impairments related to loss of fish and wildlife habitat and degraded fish and wildlife populations.

Purpose: These data provide information useful for evaluation of progress restoring and protecting habitat in the Minnesota portion of the St. Louis River Area of Concern.

Time Period of Content Date: 10/30/2020

Currentness Reference: The dataset includes shape files assembled in 2019 and 2020 from multiple sources. Some were were digitized over the most current aerial photos available in 2019, others were imported from MN DNR or City of Duluth geodatabases that were up to date as of 2019.

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and Update Frequency: None Planned

Spatial Extent of Data: St. Louis River Watershed

Bounding Coordinates: -93.208055

Place Keywords: St. Louis River, SLRRI, Northeast Minnesota, Duluth

Theme Keywords: biota, planningCadastre, Habitat Restoration, Habitat Protection, Area of Concern, AOC, St. Louis River, SLR, SLRAOC, Beneficial Use Impairment, BUI

Theme Keyword Thesaurus:

Access Constraints: None

Use Constraints: See Distribution Liability

Contact Person Information: Melissa Sjolund, Habitat Coordinator
Minnesota DNR - Ecological and Water Resources
525 Lake Ave. S., Ste. #415
Duluth, MN  55802
Phone: 218-302-3245

Browse Graphic: Click to view a data sample.

Associated Data Sets: St Louis River Area of Concern:

Section 2: Data Quality

Attribute Accuracy:

Logical Consistency:

Completeness: Generalized locations of project sites are represented. Precise project boundary information should not be inferred.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy: Boundaries were digitally created using the most current aerial photography available as GIS basemaps in ArcMap. For most project sites, polygons were created after project completioin and do not represent field-collected location data.

Vertical Positional Accuracy: Not Applicable

Lineage: Polygons for the sites with the following Site_Code values were digitized over the most current aerial photo available by Patrick T. Collins, Minnesota DNR, Division of Ecological and Water Resources in 2019-2020: P2, P3, P4, P10, R1 though R10, R12 through R15.

For the remaing project locations, polygon data was imported from the sources indicated below:
P1 - MN DNR Scientific and Natural Areas program
P5 - MN DNR: Archives of Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program
P6, P7, P8 - City of Duluth Natural Areas Program
P10 - MN DNR: Clippied from the Aquatic Management Area geodatabase
R11 - South St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District stream restoration project files

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:

Depth Datum: not applicable

Depth Units:

Section 5: Attributes

Overview: Project site names, project type, and map label code.

Detailed Citation:

Table Detail:
St Louis River Habitat Sites - Non Management Action - Habitat protection and restoration project sites in the Minnesota portion of the St Louis River MN Area of Concern not identified as Management Actions in the Remedial Action Plan
Field NameValid ValuesDefinitionDefinition Source
Project site name
TypeenumeratedPrimary project focus: Habitat restoration or habitat protection
ProtectionProject primarily focused on land acquisition or provision of administrative or land use controls to preserve habitat functions and values.
RestorationProject primarily focused on restoring or enhancing degraded ecologcal functions and values.
Alphanumeric code used for map labels. Codes starting with "P" are for protection projects. Codes starting with "R" are for restoration projects.

Section 6: Distribution

Publisher: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Publication Date: 02/10/2021

Contact Person Information: Zeb Thomas, GIS Data Systems Coordinator
Minnesota DNR - GIS
500 Lafayette Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-259-5637

Distributor's Data Set Identifier: env_st_louis_river_aoc_projects

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).

The referenced report: Habitat Restoration and Protection: St. Louis River Area of Concern, Minnesota, October 2020 can be obtained from the MN DNR St. Louis River Restoration Initiative program at

Alternatively, the report may be retrieved from

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: 02/03/2021

Contact Person Information: Renee Samuelson, Office & Administrative Specialist Intermediate
Minnesota DNR - Fish and Wildlife
525 Lake Ave. S., Ste. #415
Duluth, MN  55802
Phone: 218-302-3252

Metadata Standard Name: Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines

Metadata Standard Version: 1.2

This page last updated: 02/03/2021
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