Renewable Energy Wildlife Habitat Sensitivity Risk

Abstract: The goal of this dataset is to help guide the site selection process to areas with lower risk to Alberta’s wildlife and wildlife habitat. The dataset was developed in concert with the Wildlife Directive for Alberta Wind Energy Projects and Wildlife Directive for Alberta Solar Energy Projects and reflects potential risks to wildlife and wildlife habitat. Risk value zones and habitat features identified within the Directives have been ranked as follows: Critical Wildlife Zones and Non-Accessible Areas: Areas included in this category are either designated as protected areas or identified as critical importance for one or more wildlife species of conservation concern. These areas also included non-accessible areas such as National and Provincial Parks and Protected areas, military bases, and named waterbodies. These areas must be avoided by renewable energy projects. High Risk: Several Wildlife Sensitivity Layers are ranked as High Risk since these areas are likely used by one or more species at risk or priority management species. The Directives recommend avoiding areas ranked as high risk. Moderate Risk: These wildlife habitat areas are considered to be at a moderate risk since species at risk or priority management species can likely inhabit these areas. Due to the close proximity to native grasslands and the potential of habitat values existing for multiple species in these areas, there will likely be risks that could require mitigation considerations and potentially added costs to siting renewable energy projects in these areas. Lower Risk: The remaining areas of wildlife habitat of the province are considered to be at lower risk since the chance of a species at risk or priority management species occurring in these areas is less likely than the other ranked areas. The lower risk areas are typically between 500 - 1000 meters from native grassland. However, there is still the potential of these areas possessing quality wildlife habitat. If a species at risk feature is identified, mitigation is required as per the Directives which may impact the overall project costs, siting and operations. For more information on risk categories and methods used to create this dataset, please visit the following link: http://aep.alberta.ca/fish-wildlife/wildlife-land-use-guidelines/documents/InterpretingWildlifeHabitatSensitivityMap-Aug-2017.pdf
Download Information:

https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/LAT/FWDSensitivity/RenewableEnergyWildlifeHabitatSensitivityRisk.zip

Use Constraint: This dataset is subject to change and should not be interpreted as a regulatory data, but as a pre-planning tool. Proponents are encouraged to contact their local Alberta Environment and Parks Wildlife Biologist for more information on areas of interest. Your use of the information will be governed by the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, in force as of the date you accessed the information.

Identification Information:
Citation:
Citation Information:
Title: Renewable Energy Wildlife Habitat Sensitivity Risk
Geospatial Data Presentation Form: vector digital data
Originator: Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta
Publication Date: 2017
Online Linkage: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/LAT/FWDSensitivity/RenewableEnergyWildlifeHabitatSensitivityRisk.zip
Description:
Abstract: The goal of this dataset is to help guide the site selection process to areas with lower risk to Alberta’s wildlife and wildlife habitat. The dataset was developed in concert with the Wildlife Directive for Alberta Wind Energy Projects and Wildlife Directive for Alberta Solar Energy Projects and reflects potential risks to wildlife and wildlife habitat. Risk value zones and habitat features identified within the Directives have been ranked as follows: Critical Wildlife Zones and Non-Accessible Areas: Areas included in this category are either designated as protected areas or identified as critical importance for one or more wildlife species of conservation concern. These areas also included non-accessible areas such as National and Provincial Parks and Protected areas, military bases, and named waterbodies. These areas must be avoided by renewable energy projects. High Risk: Several Wildlife Sensitivity Layers are ranked as High Risk since these areas are likely used by one or more species at risk or priority management species. The Directives recommend avoiding areas ranked as high risk. Moderate Risk: These wildlife habitat areas are considered to be at a moderate risk since species at risk or priority management species can likely inhabit these areas. Due to the close proximity to native grasslands and the potential of habitat values existing for multiple species in these areas, there will likely be risks that could require mitigation considerations and potentially added costs to siting renewable energy projects in these areas. Lower Risk: The remaining areas of wildlife habitat of the province are considered to be at lower risk since the chance of a species at risk or priority management species occurring in these areas is less likely than the other ranked areas. The lower risk areas are typically between 500 - 1000 meters from native grassland. However, there is still the potential of these areas possessing quality wildlife habitat. If a species at risk feature is identified, mitigation is required as per the Directives which may impact the overall project costs, siting and operations. For more information on risk categories and methods used to create this dataset, please visit the following link: http://aep.alberta.ca/fish-wildlife/wildlife-land-use-guidelines/documents/InterpretingWildlifeHabitatSensitivityMap-Aug-2017.pdf
Purpose: In order to assist in project planning, Alberta Environment and Parks is providing a Wildlife Habitat Sensitivity Risk Dataset. The AEP Wildlife Directive for Alberta Wind Energy Projects and Wildlife Directive for Alberta Solar Energy Projects identify areas or zones that should be avoided or minimized to limit the negative impact of a renewable energy development on wildlife and wildlife habitat.
Spatial Domain:
Bounding Coordinates:
West Bounding Coordinate: -120.902183
East Bounding Coordinate: -108.457372
North Bounding Coordinate: 60.094900
South Bounding Coordinate: 48.895332
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme Keyword Thesaurus: None
Theme Keyword: Risk Values
Theme Keyword: Critical Wildlife Zones
Theme Keyword: Renewable Energy
Theme Keyword: Non-Accessible Areas
Theme Keyword: Wildlife Habitat
Access Constraints: To access the data you must agree to the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta.
Use Constraints: This dataset is subject to change and should not be interpreted as a regulatory data, but as a pre-planning tool. Proponents are encouraged to contact their local Alberta Environment and Parks Wildlife Biologist for more information on areas of interest. Your use of the information will be governed by the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, in force as of the date you accessed the information.
Data Set Credit: Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta
Native Data Set Environment: Version 6.2 (Build 9200) ; Esri ArcGIS 10.3.1.4959
Time Period of Content:
Time Period Information:
Single Date/Time:
Calendar Date: 2017
Currentness Reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance and Update Frequency: Unknown
Security Information:
Security Classification System: Government of Alberta Data and Information Security Classification
Security Classification: Public
Point of Contact:
Contact Information:
Contact Address:
Address: 2nd floor, Great West Life Building
Address Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 9920 - 108 Street NW
City: Edmonton
State or Province: Alberta
Postal Code: T5K 2M4
Country: Canada
Contact Organization Primary:
Contact Organization: Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta
Contact Position: Provincial Wildlife Habitat Specialist
Contact Voice Telephone: 7804223344
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 7804229559
Contact Electronic Mail Address: Glenn.Mack@gov.ab.ca
Contact Instructions: This is the point of contact regarding the creation of, and characteristics of, the data set. Queries about the creation and/or characteristics of the data set submitted through facsimile or electronic mail must include the salutation "Attention: Provincial Wildlife Habitat Specialist; Dataset: Renewable Energy Wildlife Habitat Sensitivity Risk". For Distribution Information contact instructions, refer to the Distribution Information section of this metadata record. For Metadata Information contact instructions, refer to the Metadata Reference Information section of this metadata record.
Hours: 08:15 to 16:30 Monday to Friday
Spatial Data Organization Information:
Direct Spatial Reference Method: Vector
Point and Vector Object Information:
SDTS Terms Description:
SDTS Point and Vector Object Type: GT-polygon composed of chains
Point and Vector Object Count: 1174755
Spatial Reference Information:
Horizontal Coordinate System Definition:
Planar:
Map Projection:
Transverse Mercator:
Scale Factor at Central Meridian: 0.9992
Longitude of Central Meridian: -115.0
Latitude of Projection Origin: 0.0
False Easting: 500000.0
False Northing: 0.0
Planar Coordinate Information:
Planar Coordinate Encoding Method: coordinate pair
Coordinate Representation:
Abscissa Resolution: 0.000000002219135986081256
Ordinate Resolution: 0.000000002219135986081256
Planar Distance Units: meter
Geodetic Model:
Horizontal Datum Name: D North American 1983
Ellipsoid Name: GRS 1980
Semi-major Axis: 6378137.0
Denominator of Flattening Ratio: 298.257222101
Entity and Attribute Information:
Detailed Description:
Entity Type:
Entity Type Label: Renewable_Energy_Wildlife_Habitat_Sensitivity_Risk
Attribute:
Attribute Label: FID
Attribute Definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute Definition Source: Esri
Attribute Domain Values:
Unrepresentable Domain: Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute Label: Shape
Attribute Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute Definition Source: Esri
Attribute Domain Values:
Unrepresentable Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute Label: MER
Attribute:
Attribute Label: RGE
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Attribute Label: TWP
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Attribute Label: SEC
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Attribute Label: QS
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Attribute Label: MTRSQ
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Attribute Label: SHAPE_Leng
Attribute:
Attribute Label: SHAPE_Area
Attribute Definition: Area of feature in internal units squared.
Attribute Definition Source: Esri
Attribute Domain Values:
Unrepresentable Domain: Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute Label: Risk_Value
Distribution Information:
Distributor:
Contact Information:
Contact Address:
Address: 2nd floor, Great West Life Building
Address Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 9920 - 108 Street NW
City: Edmonton
State or Province: Alberta
Postal Code: T5K 2M4
Country: Canada
Contact Organization Primary:
Contact Organization: Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta
Contact Position: Provincial Wildlife Habitat Specialist
Contact Voice Telephone: 7804223344
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 7804229559
Contact Electronic Mail Address: Glenn.Mack@gov.ab.ca
Hours: 08:15 to 16:30 Monday to Friday
Resource Description: Downloadable Data
Distribution Liability: These materials are provided "as is" without warranties or conditions of any kind either expressed or implied. To the fullest extent possible under applicable law, the Government of Alberta disclaims all warranties and conditions, expressed or implied, including but not limited to, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement or other violation of rights. The Crown in right of Alberta, the Minister and her employees and agents, shall not be liable for any claims, costs, losses, or damages, including any special, indirect, incidental or consequential loss or damage, which the user may incur or experience as a result of the use or possession of the information or associated storage media.
Standard Order Process:
Digital Form:
Digital Transfer Information:
Format Name: ESRI Layer Package
File Decompression Technique: WinZip
Digital Transfer Option:
Online Option:
Computer Contact Information:
Network Address:
Network Resource Name: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/LAT/FWDSensitivity/RenewableEnergyWildlifeHabitatSensitivityRisk.zip
Fees: This product is fee free under the Open Government Licence - Alberta.
Turnaround: Direct download
Available Time Period:
Time Period Information:
Single Date/Time:
Calendar Date: Monday to Sunday
Time of Day: 24 hours
Metadata Reference Information:
Metadata Date: 20180712
Metadata Standard Name: FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata Standard Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata Time Convention: local time
Metadata Contact:
Contact Information:
Contact Address:
Address: 2nd floor, Great West Life Building
Address Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 9920 - 108 Street NW
City: Edmonton
State or Province: Alberta
Postal Code: T5K 2M4
Country: Canada
Contact Organization Primary:
Contact Organization: Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta
Contact Position: Provincial Wildlife Habitat Specialist
Contact Voice Telephone: 7804223344
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 7804229559
Contact Electronic Mail Address: Glenn.Mack@gov.ab.ca
Contact Instructions: This is the point of contact regarding the creation of, and characteristics of, metadata for the data set. Queries about the creation and/or characteristics of the metadata submitted through facsimile or electronic mail must include the salutation "Attention: Provincial Wildlife Habitat Specialist; Dataset: Renewable Energy Wildlife Habitat Sensitivity Risk". For Distribution Information contact instructions, refer to the Distribution Information section of this metadata record.
Hours: 08:15 to 16:30 Monday to Friday

ESRI Metadata

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