Metadata for Block Management Area (BMA) Boundaries - 2013 Hunting Season
Identification Information:
Citation:
Originator: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Publication date: 10/11/2013
Title: Block Management Area (BMA) Boundaries - 2013 Hunting Season
Publication place: Helena, MT
Publisher: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Online linkage: http://fwp.mt.gov/gisData/shapefiles/bmaBnds2013.zip

Abstract:
Block Management is a cooperative program between private landowners and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP). Block Management helps landowners manage hunting activities and provides the public with free hunting access to private land, and sometimes to adjacent or isolated public lands. Please note that Block Management provides access opportunities during fall hunting only. Spring bear and turkey hunting access are typically not included in the Block Management program.
Purpose:
Block Management Area (BMA) boundaries were digitized for the purpose of producing regional and statewide reference maps at coarse scales (generally coarser than 1:650,000). Depiction of BMA boundaries at scales finer than this can lead to misinterpretation and location inaccuracies. The BMA boundaries are valid only for the current hunting season. BMA boundaries are not static. The boundaries can (and do) change during and throughout each hunting season. It is every hunter?s responsibility to check for boundary updates before hunting on BMA enrolled lands.

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PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
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Block Management is a hunter management program with access requirements and hunting use rules specific to each BMA. To utilize the program properly, hunters are strongly encouraged to refer to the current regional BMA Access Guides and detailed individual BMA property maps produced by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP). The regional Access Guides summarize current BMA opportunities, general BMA locations, and access information. Individual BMA property maps contain detailed information regarding hunting rules specific to the property including, but not limited to, timing restrictions, internal exclusion zones, weapons restrictions, species restrictions, open roads, trails, map boxes, and sign in boxes. These resources are available through FWP at http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/hunterAccess/blockman/ and through FWP?s Regional offices. Hunters are responsible for following the rules depicted on the official, current FWP BMA maps, as well as any additional rules posted on site or otherwise directed by enrolled landowners.
Supplemental information:
Additional information for the Block Management program can be found at http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/hunterAccess/blockman/ and through FWP?s Regional offices. Hunters are responsible for following the rules depicted on the official, current FWP BMA maps, as well as any additional rules posted on site or otherwise directed by enrolled landowners.


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Questions related to the Block Management program should be directed to:
Alan Charles
Block Management Program Manager
406 444-3798
acharles@mt.gov

Time period of content:
Calendar date: 10/11/2013
Currentness reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance and update frequency: Irregular
Access constraints: None
Use constraints:
These data are subject to change without notice. Users must assume responsibility to determine the usability of this data for their purposes. This data set is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) makes no representations or warranties whatsoever with respect to the accuracy or completeness of this data set and assumes no responsibility for the suitability of this data set for a particular purpose. FWP will not be liable for any damages incurred as a result of errors in this data set.
Point of contact:
Alan Charles
Block Management Program Manager
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
1420 East 6th Ave
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620-0701


Telephone: 406-444-3793
E-Mail: acharles@mt.gov


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Data Quality Information:
Lineage:

Process step:
Regional shapefiles of BMA boundaries merged into a single statewide layer.
Process date: 08/14/2013
Process step: Region 6 Polygons updated.
Process date: 08/19/2013
Process step: Region 4 boundaries for #64 and #52 edited.
Process date: 08/23/2013
Process step: Added newBMA #127 in Region 7.
Process date: 08/28/2013
Process step:
Edited Boundaries for region4 BMA #46 and region 7 BMA #s 13 and 77.
Process date: 08/28/2013
Process step: Removed property #176 from region 5.
Process date: 09/03/2013
Process step: Removed property #161 from region 7.
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Spatial Data Organization Information:
Point and vector object information:
ESRI feature type: Polygon
ESRI feature count: 881
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Spatial Reference Information:
Horizontal coordinate system definition:
Projected coordinate system name: NAD_1983_StatePlane_Montana_FIPS_2500
Grid coordinate system name: State Plane Coordinate System 1983
SPCS zone identifier: 2500
Lambert conformal conic:
Standard parallel: 45.000000
Standard parallel: 49.000000
Longitude of central meridian: -109.500000
Latitude of projection origin: 44.250000
False easting: 600000.000000
False northing: 0.000000
Planar distance units: meters
Geodetic model:
Horizontal datum name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator of flattening ratio: 298.257222
Altitude system definition:
Altitude resolution: 1.000000
Altitude encoding method:
Explicit elevation coordinate included with horizontal coordinates
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Entity and Attribute Information:
Entity type label:
Block Management Area (BMA) Boundaries - 2013 Hunting Season
Entity count: 881

Attribute label: FID
Attribute definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.

Attribute label: BMANAME
Attribute definition: BMA name

Attribute label: BMANUM
Attribute definition:
BMA number. This number corresponds to the BMA number in the current hunting season's BMA Hunting Access Guide.

Attribute label: TYPE
Attribute definition:
Method required for obtaining access and hunting permission. on the BMA.


Attribute
Value
Definition of
Attribute Value
Type 1 BMAs where hunters administer their own permission. This includes BMAs that use sign-in boxes, and BMAs that do not require hunters to obtain permission. Typically, Type 1 BMAs do not limit hunter numbers or require reservations, although some parking areas have vehicle limits.
Type 2 BMAs where someone other than the hunter issues permission. This includes BMAs where the landowner or an FWP staff member issues permission. Type II BMAs often require reservations and utilize pasture assignments, hunter number limits, and other hunter management systems.

Attribute label: REG
Attribute definition: FWP Region responsible for managing the BMA.

Attribute label: ACCESSINFO
Attribute definition: URL link to the BMA's Regional information web pages.

Attribute label: SHAPE
Attribute alias: Shape
Attribute definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute domain: Coordinates defining the features.

Attribute label: SHAPE_AREA
Attribute definition: Area of feature in internal units squared.
Attribute domain: Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.

Attribute label: SHAPE_LEN
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Distribution Information:
Distributor:
Lydia Bailey
GIS Manager
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
1420 East 6th Ave
Helena, MT 59620-0701


Telephone: 406-444-5365
E-Mail: lbailey@mt.gov


Resource description: Downloadable Data


Distribution liability:
These data are subject to change without notice. Users must assume responsibility to determine the usability of this data for their purposes. This data set is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) makes no representations or warranties whatsoever with respect to the accuracy or completeness of this data set and assumes no responsibility for the suitability of this data set for a particular purpose. FWP will not be liable for any damages incurred as a result of errors in this data set.

Standard order process:
Digital form:
Transfer size: 0.742
megabytes
Online option:
http://fwp.mt.gov/gisData/shapefiles/bmaBnds2013.zip
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Metadata Reference Information:
Metadata date: 10/11/2013
Metadata contact:
Bob Cochran
GIS & Wildlife Information Specialist
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
1420 East 6th Avenue
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620-0701


Telephone: 406-444-4688
E-Mail: bcochran@mt.gov


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