Minnesota Wetland Banking Program Easements

This page last updated: 05/10/2018
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 Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)
Title Minnesota Wetland Banking Program Easements
Abstract The State of Minnesota wetland banking program is authorized by State statutes and associated State rules (Chapter 8420). The program requires that all land being utilized for wetland banking purposes be protected by a State conservation easement, although other land protection mechanisms were used prior to 2000. These protected lands are primarily privately-owned and not accessible to the public without landowner permission. This spatial data layer shows the approximate boundaries of lands protected by State of Minnesota conservation easements and/or other land protection mechanisms associated with the State’s wetland banking program. Information on wetland banking and associated credits can be found at http://bwsr.state.mn.us/wetlands/wetlandbanking/credits.html.
Purpose The purpose of this spatial data layer is to depict the approximate boundaries of lands protected by State of Minnesota conservation easements and/or other land protection mechanisms associated with the State’s wetland banking program. Boundaries should be considered approximate and do not necessarily represent survey grade data. The data should be used for general planning purposes only. Those wishing to know the exact boundaries of any particular parcel of land that is protected due to its inclusion in the wetland banking program should contact the State’s Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) to obtain the exact legal description of the easement (if available). Note that many, but not all easements include a legal description of the easement boundaries. Any calculations related to the size of protected land parcels based on this data should be considered approximate as there are varying degrees of mapping accuracy contained within.
Time Period of Content Date 05/10/2018
Currentness Reference May 2018
Progress In work
Maintenance and Update Frequency Bi-Monthly
Spatial Extent of Data Statewide
Bounding Coordinates -97.23
-89.53
49.37
43.5
Place Keywords Minnesota
Theme Keywords Minnesota, Wetland, Wetlands, Banking, Conservation, Easements
Theme Keyword Thesaurus
Access Constraints
Use Constraints Boundaries should be considered approximate and do not necessarily represent survey grade data. The data should be used for general planning purposes only. Those wishing to know the exact boundaries of any particular parcel of land that is protected due to its inclusion in the wetland banking program should contact the State’s Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) to obtain the exact legal description of the easement (if available). Note that many, but not all easements include a legal description of the easement boundaries. Any calculations related to the size of protected land parcels based on this data should be considered approximate as there are varying degrees of mapping accuracy contained within.
Contact Person Information Tim Smith, Wetland Banking Coordinator
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-600-7554
Email: tim.j.smith@state.mn.us
Browse Graphic None available
Associated Data Sets

Section 2 Data Quality
Attribute Accuracy
Logical Consistency
Completeness
Horizontal Positional Accuracy The horizontal accuracy of this data set is unknown. See lineage for more information.
Lineage From the inception of the wetland banking program until May of 2015, wetland banking easements were digitized by BWSR staff using AutoCAD software and utlizing legal descriptions and reference GIS layers such as aerial imagery and PLS layers. CAD files were converted to shapefiles and appended to a master geodatabase layer for all wetland banking easements. Due to the CAD to GIS conversion process, in some instances there may have been slight postional error introduced. Going forward from May 2015, CAD software is no longer being used for this process, and shapefiles for wetlang banking easements are being created from certified surveyors and sent directly to BWSR. Those shapefiles are then being added directly to the master geodatabase layer.

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

Section 5 Attributes
Overview SITEID: Unique identifier to link spatial easement data to database storing information about wetland banking accounts. Contact BWSR for more detailed information about wetland banking credits.
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Section 6 Distribution
Publisher Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)
Publication Date 11/01/2017
Contact Person Information Aaron Spence, GIS Specialist
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
520 Lafayette Rd. N
St. Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-296-0660
Fax: 651-297-5615
Email: aaron.spence@bwsr.state.mn.us
Distributor's Data Set Identifier
Distribution Liability
Ordering Instructions Check the BWSR website wetland page, or contact Aaron Spence at BWSR to obtain tabular information regarding wetland banking credits.
Online Linkage None available

Section 7 Metadata Reference
Metadata Date 05/10/2018
Contact Person Information Aaron Spence, GIS Specialist
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
520 Lafayette Rd. N
St. Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-296-0660
Fax: 651-297-5615
Email: aaron.spence@bwsr.state.mn.us
Metadata Standard Name Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Metadata Standard Version 1.2
Metadata Standard Online Linkage http://www.gis.state.mn.us/stds/metadata.htm


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