Abstract: This dataset provides the point locations of horse bands as they were observed during annual aerial surveys. Equine Management Zones are surveyed using a helicopter and horses observed on the landscape during minimum count surveys are reported. Data is stored in file geodatabase, feature class format with associated attributes, meaning each point has a number of horses observed and age class. This dataset simply reports the horses counted on the landscape at one snapshot in time. This data also depicts the flight track flown during the annual aerial minimum counts. Surveys are flown by helicopter once per year when suitable conditions permit. Areas are typically flown by grid pattern within high density areas and over known horse locations. In low density areas, preferred habitats are flown. For additional methodology information and results from prior years please visit https://www.alberta.ca/feral-horse-management.aspx
Metadata: 
  File identifier: 
      9582C7AD-027D-4719-9E90-94E77A7224F2
  Language: 
    Language Code: 
      eng
  Character set: 
    Character set code: 
      utf8
  Hierarchy level: 
    Scope code: 
      dataset
  Metadata author: 
    Responsible party: 
      Organisation name: 
          Alberta Forestry and Parks, Government of Alberta
      Position name: 
          Rangeland Stewardship and Land Use Policy
      Contact info: 
        Contact: 
          Address: 
            Address: 
              Delivery point: 
                  9915 108 St NW
              City: 
                  Edmonton
              Administrative area: 
                  Alberta
              Postal code: 
                  T5K 2G6
              Country: 
                Country: 
                  CA
              Electronic mail address: 
                  feralhorses@gov.ab.ca
          Hours of service: 
              Monday to Friday, 8:15am to 4:30pm
      Role: 
        Role code: 
          publisher
  Date stamp: 

      2024-02-09
  Metadata standard name: 
      NAP - Metadata
  Metadata standard version: 
      1.2
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Spatial representation info:

Vector spatial representation: missing
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Reference system info:

Reference system: Reference system identifier: RS Identifier: Code: 3400 Code Space: EPSG
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Identification info:

Data identification: Citation: Citation: Title: Feral Horse Minimum Count Date: Date: Date: 2021-03-31 Date type: Date type code: creation Date: Date: Date: 2024-02-13 Date type: Date type code: publication Date: Date: Date: 2023-12-07 Date type: Date type code: revision Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Forestry and Parks, Government of Alberta Position name: Rangeland Stewardship and Land Use Policy Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: Delivery point: 9915 108 St NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T5K 2G6 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: feralhorses@gov.ab.ca Hours of service: Monday to Friday, 8:15am to 4:30pm Role: Role code: originator Abstract: This dataset provides the point locations of horse bands as they were observed during annual aerial surveys. Equine Management Zones are surveyed using a helicopter and horses observed on the landscape during minimum count surveys are reported. Data is stored in file geodatabase, feature class format with associated attributes, meaning each point has a number of horses observed and age class. This dataset simply reports the horses counted on the landscape at one snapshot in time. This data also depicts the flight track flown during the annual aerial minimum counts. Surveys are flown by helicopter once per year when suitable conditions permit. Areas are typically flown by grid pattern within high density areas and over known horse locations. In low density areas, preferred habitats are flown. For additional methodology information and results from prior years please visit https://www.alberta.ca/feral-horse-management.aspx Purpose: This data depicts the physical observation of horses on the landscape during the annual aerial counts as well as the flight track flown. The data collected during annual minimum count surveys provides important information to monitor the minimum number of horses currently present on the landscape. Status: Progress code: completed Point of contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Forestry and Parks, Government of Alberta Position name: Rangeland Stewardship and Land Use Policy Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: Delivery point: 9915 108 St NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T5K 2G6 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: feralhorses@gov.ab.ca Hours of service: Monday to Friday, 8:15am to 4:30pm Role: Role code: pointOfContact Resource maintenance: Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: Maintenance frequency code: asNeeded Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Alberta, Canada Type: Keyword type code: place Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Feral horses Keyword: Horses Keyword: Aerial count Keyword: Minimum count survey Keyword: Equine management zone Keyword: Feral horse management Keyword: Horse capture area Type: Keyword type code: theme Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Access constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Other constraints: To access the data you must agree to the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta found at https://open.alberta.ca/licence Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Use constraints: Restriction code: license Other constraints: Your use of this information will be governed by the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, in force as of the date you accessed the information, found at https://open.alberta.ca/licence. Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Use limitation: Distribution Liability: Under the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, the Information is licensed as is, and the Information Provider excludes all representations, warranties, obligations, and liabilities, whether express or implied, to the maximum extent permitted by law. The Information Provider is not liable for any errors or omissions in the Information, and will not under any circumstances be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other loss, injury or damage caused by its use or otherwise arising in connection with this licence or the Information, even if specifically advised of the possibility of such loss, injury or damage. Resource constraints: Security constraints: Classification: Classification code: unclassified User note: Public/Unrestricted Classification system: Government of Alberta Data and Information Security Classification Handling description: https://imtpolicy.sp.alberta.ca/standards/Pages/Data-and-Information-Security-Classification.aspx Spatial representation type: Spatial representation type code: vector Spatial resolution: Resolution: Equivalent scale: Representative fraction: Denominator: 5000 Spatial resolution: Resolution: Distance: uom: m 50 Language: Language Code: eng Character set: Character set code: utf8 Topic category: Topic category code: biota Topic category: Topic category code: environment Environment description: Version 6.2 (Build 9200) ; Esri ArcGIS 10.3.1.4959 Extent: Extent: Geographic element: Geographic bounding box: West bound longitude: -116.632115 East bound longitude: -114.655797 South bound latitude: 50.731983 North bound latitude: 52.902469
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DISTRIBUTION INFO:

Distribution: Distribution format: Format: Name: Shapefile Version: 3.0 Specification: SHP File decompression technique: ZIP Distribution format: Format: Name: File Geodatabase Version: 3.0 Specification: FGDB File decompression technique: ZIP Distributor: Distributor: Distributor contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta Position name: Provincial Geospatial Centre Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: Delivery point: 9820 - 106 Street NW Delivery point: 14th Floor, Oxbridge Place City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T5K 2J6 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: AEP.Data@gov.ab.ca Hours of service: 08:15 to 16:30 Monday to Friday Role: Role code: distributor Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Units of distribution: MB Transfer size: 1 Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/biota/Rangelands/FeralHorse2018MinimumCountSHP.zip Protocol: FTP Name: Feral Horse Minimum Count 2018 (SHP) Description: Shapefile containing Feral Horse Minimum Count data from 2018 (ZIP) Function: Online function code: download Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/biota/Rangelands/FeralHorse2018MinimumCountFGDB.zip Protocol: FTP Name: Feral Horse Minimum Count 2018 (FGDB) Description: File Geodatabase containing Feral Horse Minimum Count data from 2018 (ZIP) Function: Online function code: download Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Units of distribution: MB Transfer size: 2 Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/biota/Rangelands/FeralHorse2019MinimumCountSHP.zip Protocol: FTP Name: Feral Horse Minimum Count 2019 (SHP) Description: Shapefile containing Feral Horse Minimum Count data from 2019 (ZIP) Function: Online function code: download Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/biota/Rangelands/FeralHorse2019MinimumCountFGDB.zip Protocol: FTP Name: Feral Horse Minimum Count 2019 (FGDB) Description: File Geodatabase containing Feral Horse Minimum Count data from 2019 (ZIP) Function: Online function code: download Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Units of distribution: MB Transfer size: 1 Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/biota/Rangelands/FeralHorse2021MinimumCountSHP.zip Protocol: FTP Name: Feral Horse Minimum Count 2021 (SHP) Description: Shapefile containing Feral Horse Minimum Count data from 2021 (ZIP) Function: Online function code: download Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/biota/Rangelands/FeralHorse2021MinimumCountFGDB.zip Protocol: FTP Name: Feral Horse Minimum Count 2021 (FGDB) Description: File Geodatabase containing Feral Horse Minimum Count data from 2021 (ZIP) Function: Online function code: download Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Units of distribution: MB Transfer size: 1 Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/biota/Rangelands/FeralHorse2022MinimumCountSHP.zip Protocol: FTP Name: Feral Horse Minimum Count 2022 (SHP) Description: Shapefile containing Feral Horse Minimum Count data from 2022 (ZIP) Function: Online function code: download Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/biota/Rangelands/FeralHorse2022MinimumCountFGDB.zip Protocol: FTP Name: Feral Horse Minimum Count 2022 (FGDB) Description: File Geodatabase containing Feral Horse Minimum Count data from 2022 (ZIP) Function: Online function code: download Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Units of distribution: MB Transfer size: 1 Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/biota/Rangelands/FeralHorse2023MinimumCountSHP.zip Protocol: FTP Name: Feral Horse Minimum Count 2023 (SHP) Description: Shapefile containing Feral Horse Minimum Count data from 2023 (ZIP) Function: Online function code: download Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/biota/Rangelands/FeralHorse2023MinimumCountFGDB.zip Protocol: FTP Name: Feral Horse Minimum Count 2023 (FGDB) Description: File Geodatabase containing Feral Horse Minimum Count data from 2023 (ZIP) Function: Online function code: download Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://www.alberta.ca/feral-horse-management Protocol: HTTPS Name: Feral Horse Management Description: Web page containing information on feral horse management in Alberta Function: Online function code: information Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://open.alberta.ca/publications/feral-horse-minimum-count-map Protocol: HTTPS Name: Feral Horse Minimum Count Maps (PDF) Description: PDF maps displaying Feral Horse Minimum Count data for multiple years Function: Online function code: download
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Data quality info:

Data quality: Scope: Scope: Hierarchy level: Scope code: dataset Level description: Scope description: Features: uuidref: The positional accuracy of individual points contains a degree of error. Survey methodology has the helicopter circle the band rather than fly or hover directly over top of them which would result in much more disturbance for the horses. Using the flight track, captured waypoints, high resolution aerial imagery, photos of the animals depicting the habitat they were observed in and information collected on the data collection sheet points are able to more accurately placed over the habitat type the horses were initially observed in. If there is not enough information to place the point in a more accurate location the waypoint taken in the helicopter is used. This approach allows us to balance the goals of disturbing the animals as little as possible while still collecting data with reasonable accuracy. Lineage: Lineage: Statement: This dataset was created from field collected information and GPS tracks during the annual Minimum Count aerial surveys. For additional methodology information and results from prior years please visit https://www.alberta.ca/feral-horse-management.aspx
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Metadata maintenance:

Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: Maintenance frequency code: asNeeded
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