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This data layer is the Environmental Benefits (EB) Wildlife Habitat Quality map. It was developed by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Natural Resources Research Institute. EB Wildlife Habitat Quality represents both positive (resources) and negative (threats to resources) information. Positive components included features such as known occurrences of rare species, sites of biodiversity significance, or high levels of game species abundance. Negative components included such information as human development, land use, and road density. The scores are a relative ranking across most of the state. Depending on project goals, this allows users to identify areas of both high and low wildlife habitat quality. Although developed to help identify and rank areas for conservation efforts, the EB Wildlife Habitat Quality is useful for many purposes.