Metadata: Native Vegetation at the Time of the Public Land Survey 1847-1907

Native Vegetation at the Time of the Public Land Survey 1847-1907

This page last updated: 01/26/2022
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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) - Division of Forestry

Title: Native Vegetation at the Time of the Public Land Survey 1847-1907

Abstract: Native vegetation of Minnesota based on Marschner's original analysis of Public Land Survey notes and landscape patterns. Marschner compiled his results in map format, which was subsequently captured in digital format.

Purpose: To analyze native vegetation patterns for the purpose of determining natural community potential, productivity indexes, and patterns of natural disturbance

Time Period of Content Date: 1895

Currentness Reference: Data were captured from the recompiled version of the Marschner Map, date unknown

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and Update Frequency: None Planned

Spatial Extent of Data: Statewide

Bounding Coordinates: -96.824542
-89.390449
49.346614
43.437348

Place Keywords: Minnesota

Theme Keywords: Native Vegetation, Original Vegetation, Land Cover, biota, Presettlement Vegetation

Theme Keyword Thesaurus:

Access Constraints: Data are unrestricted with regards to access

Use Constraints: Use of the data are contrained only by the DNR GIS Data License Agreement

Contact Person Information: Zeb Thomas, GIS Data Systems Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-259-5637
Email: zeb.thomas@state.mn.us

Browse Graphic: Click to view a data sample.
Native Vegetation near Virginia, MN shown with County Highway Map overlay.

Associated Data Sets:

Section 2: Data Quality

Attribute Accuracy: Source table PVEG_MRSCHPY1.DBF: Existing polygons reflect Marschner's original interpretations, which were based on incomplete information. This data cannot be considered accurate or definitive.

Logical Consistency: Data are topolocially correct using ARC/INFO 8.0.1. All polygons are closed and lines intersect where intended.

Completeness: These data have significant omissions when compared to Marschner's original map. Several thousand small polygons are thought to have been omitted, principally in the prairie and transitional forest areas of the state.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy: Source layer prvegpy1: Qualitative positional accuracy comparisons between water bodies in this data and the same features in larger scale sources suggests a range of positional offsets in the range of 500-700 feet as common, with the direction of the offset being variable. This is an expected deviation considering the 1:1M digitizing scale.

Vertical Positional Accuracy: Not applicable

Lineage: Unknown

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:

Detailed Citation:

Table Detail:
marschner_presettlement_vegetation - Feature Class Attribute Table (Esri, Inc.)
Field NameValid ValuesDefinitionDefinition Source
CLASSenumeratedVegetation Class
0Undefined
1Prairie
10White Pine
11Mixed White Pine and Red Pine
12Jack Pine Barrens and Openings
13Pine Flats (Hemlock, Spruce, Fir, White Pine, Aspen)
14Aspen-Birch (trending to Conifers)
15Conifer Bogs and Swamps
16Open Muskeg
17Lakes (open water)
2Wet Prairie
3Brush Prairie
4Aspen-Oak Land
5Oak openings and barrens
6Big Woods - Hardwoods (oak, maple, basswood, hickory)
7River Bottom Forest
8Aspen-Birch (trending to hardwoods)
9Mixed Hardwood and Pine (Maple, White Pine, Basswood, etc)

Section 6: Distribution

Publisher: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Publication Date: 1994-06-01 00:00:00.0

Contact Person Information: Zeb Thomas, GIS Data Systems Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-259-5637
Email: zeb.thomas@state.mn.us

Distributor's Data Set Identifier: biota_marschner_presettle_veg

Distribution Liability: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources General Geographic Data License Agreement is online: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/sitetools/data_software_license.html

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: 01/26/2022

Contact Person Information: Zeb Thomas, GIS Data Systems Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-259-5637
Email: zeb.thomas@state.mn.us

Metadata Standard Name: Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines

Metadata Standard Version: 1.2



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