Presettlement Vegetation

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2. Data Quality
3. Data Organization
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5. Attributes
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Section 1 Overview
Originator Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Title Presettlement Vegetation
Abstract Presettlement 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 presettlement 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 Presettlement Vegetation, Original Vegetation, Land Cover, biota
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
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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 Source layer prvegpy1: Not applicable
Lineage Attribute Lineage for source table PVEG_MRSCHPY1.DBF: 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

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 DNR - Division of Forestry
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: 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 or link to download information. See "Ordering Instructions" above for details.

Section 7 Metadata Reference
Metadata Date 10/08/2014
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
Metadata Standard Online Linkage http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/committee/standards/mgmg/metadata.htm


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