Metadata: Publicly Accessible State Wildlife Management Areas

Publicly Accessible State Wildlife Management Areas

This page last updated: 01/14/2016
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:Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR)

Title: Publicly Accessible State Wildlife Management Areas

Abstract: This polygon theme contains boundaries for approximately 1392 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state of Minnesota covering nearly 1,288,000 acres. WMAs are part of the Minnesota state recreation system created to protect wildlife habitat and provide wildlife-based recreation.

Purpose: There are two primary purposes for the WMA boundary layer. Area staff will use it for managing WMAs; local mapping, contracting for maintenance and development projects, visitor use maps, management use maps, project planning and acquisition planning. The layer will also be used for public information about access to and activities on WMAs. WMA boundaries are included on the DNR web site, with visitor use information. These boundaries are for general reference. While they can be used in a GPS, they are not accurate enough to legally locate boundary lines. Avoid trespass onto private lands by observing posted boundary signs, or contacting the local Area Wildlife office for detailed information. http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/fish_wildlife/wildlife/wildlife_managers.pdf

Time Period of Content Date: 04/30/2019

Currentness Reference: Time Period of Content date indicates the date which the user can be confident of accuracy and completeness of the dataset. New acquisitions will be continually added to the database. Descriptive attribute updates will be constantly ongoing.

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and Update Frequency: Continually

Spatial Extent of Data:

Bounding Coordinates: -96.774088
-89.847596
49.238689
43.437530

Place Keywords: Minnesota, MN

Theme Keywords: boundaries, Boundaries of Wildlife Management Areas, WMA

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Category

Access Constraints: None

Use Constraints: These boundaries are for general reference. While they can be used in a GPS, they are not accurate enough to legally locate boundary lines. Avoid tresspass onto private lands by observing posted boundary signs, or contacting the local Area Wildlife office for detailed information. Use of the data are constrained only by the DNR GIS Data License Agreement. See the Distribution Liability section below for a link.

Contact Person Information: Steve Benson, GIS Coordinator
DNR - Fish and Wildlife
1201 East Hwy 2
Grand Rapids, MN  55744
Phone: (218) 327-4149
Fax: (218) 327-4263
Email: steve.benson@state.mn.us

Browse Graphic: Click to view a data sample.


Associated Data Sets:

Section 2: Data Quality

Attribute Accuracy: The names of WMAs have been identified accurately. Other attributes have varying levels of accuracy.

Logical Consistency: Data are topologically correct using ArcGIS 10.x. All polygons are closed and lines intersect where intended.

Completeness: This dataset only includes publicly accessible Wildlife Management Areas. Except for unmapped new acquisitions, boundaries are complete statewide.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy: These boundaries are for general reference. While they can be used in a GPS, they are not accurate enough to legally locate boundary lines. Avoid tresspass onto private lands by observing posted boundary signs, or contacting the local Area Wildlife office for detailed information.

Vertical Positional Accuracy: Not applicable

Lineage: See the Wildlife Management Area/Geographic Information System Project Standards Version 1.3 document (WMAstandards_1.3.pdf) included alongside this metadata.

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: Attributes are pulled from DNR Wildlife's central WMA data management system. See detailed attribute section for specifics on how to interpret field and values.

Detailed Citation:

Table Detail:
dnr_wildlife_management_area_boundaries_publicly_accessible - Feature Class Attribute Table
Field NameValid ValuesDefinitionDefinition Source
county_idenumeratedTwo digit county code
1Aitkin
2Anoka
3Becker
4Beltrami
5Benton
6Big Stone
7Blue Earth
8Brown
9Carlton
10Carver
11Cass
12Chippewa
13Chisago
14Clay
15Clearwater
16Cook
17Cottonwood
18Crow Wing
19Dakota
20Dodge
21Douglas
22Faribault
23Fillmore
24Freeborn
25Goodhue
26Grant
27Hennepin
28Houston
29Hubbard
30Isanti
31Itasca
32Jackson
33Kanabec
34Kandiyohi
35Kittson
36Koochiching
37Lac Qui Parle
38Lake
39Lake of the Woods
40Le Sueur
41Lincoln
42Lyon
43McLeod
44Mahnomen
45Marshall
46Martin
47Meeker
48Mille Lacs
49Morrison
50Mower
51Murray
52Nicollet
53Nobles
54Norman
55Olmsted
56Otter Tail
57Pennington
58Pine
59Pipestone
60Polk
61Pope
62Ramsey
63Red Lake
64Redwood
65Renville
66Rice
67Rock
68Roseau
69St. Louis
70Scott
71Sherburne
72Sibley
73Stearns
74Steele
75Stevens
76Swift
77Todd
78Traverse
79Wabasha
80Wadena
81Waseca
82Washington
83Watonwan
84Wilkin
85Winona
86Wright
87Yellow Medicine
0 or null"doughnut hole" polygon (not in a native plant community)
lam_program_project_code
-
Management Unit ID number
name
-
unit name + subunit name
unit_name
-
WMA name
subunit_name
-
WMA sub-unit name
gis_area_acres
-
Area of polygon in acres
digitizing_source_id
-
Primary digitizing source
date_inventoried
-
Date inventoried
directions_from_nearest_town
-
Directions to "main" access
nearest_town
-
City nearest to WMA
special_restrictions
-
Any special restrictions
deerenumeratedHunting opportunities for deer.
0No
1Yes
bearenumeratedHunting opportunities for bear.
0No
1Yes
mooseenumeratedHunting opportunities for moose.
0No
1Yes
small_gameenumeratedHunting opportunities for small game.
0No
1Yes
forest_upland_birdsenumeratedHunting opportunities for forest upland birds.
0No
1Yes
sharptail_grouseenumeratedHunting opportunities for Sharptail grouse.
0No
1Yes
pheasantsenumeratedHunting opportunities for pheasants/partridge.
0No
1Yes
waterfowlenumeratedHunting opportunities for waterfowl.
0No
1Yes
turkeyenumeratedHunting opportunities for turkey.
0No
1Yes
wetland_non_gameenumeratedViewing opportunities for wetland non game.
0No
1Yes
forest_non_gameenumeratedViewing opportunities for forest non game.
0No
1Yes
prairie_non_gameenumeratedViewing opportunities for prairie non game.
0No
1Yes
dovesenumerated
0No
1Yes
wolvesenumeratedHunting opportunities for wolves.
0No
1Yes
special_rec_opportunities
-
Special recreational opportunities
ada_accessibility_notes
-
Handicap opportunities
header
-
Description of WMA
comments
-
Special comments from manager
web_readyenumeratedReady for detailed web application.
0No
1Yes
subunit_nbr
-
Subunit number
uniqueid
-
Prm_prj + SubUnitNum.AsString
wheelchair_accessibleenumeratedIndicates if a WMA has an accessible facility on it. For example, if a wheelchair accessible hunting blind exists on a WMA it would have a 'Yes' in this field.
1Yes
0No
has_writeupenumerated
0No
1Yes
writeup_location
-
writeup_pdf_name
-
data_mgmt_notes
-
general_access_notes
-
ada_accessibility_pdf_name
-
date_last_edited
-
managing_admin_office
-
is_wildlife_sanctuaryenumerated
0No
1Yes
federal_aid_acquisitionenumerated
0No
1Yes
federal_aid_acquisition_program
-

Section 6: Distribution

Publisher: MNDNR - Division of Fish and Wildlife

Publication Date: 09/15/2013

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
Email: zeb.thomas@state.mn.us

Distributor's Data Set Identifier: bdry_dnr_wildlife_mgmt_areas_pub

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: 01/14/2016

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
Email: zeb.thomas@state.mn.us

Metadata Standard Name: Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines

Metadata Standard Version: 1.2



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