Metadata for Sage-grouse Habitat/Current Distribution (Montana)
Identification Information:
Originator: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Publication date: 01/05/2015
Title: Sage-grouse Habitat/Current Distribution (Montana)
Publisher: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
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Sage grouse habitat, current distribution in Montana. All areas depicted are considered potential habitat, with current occupancy status designated. This layer was generated from, updated and replaces the previous sage-grouse habitat layer from 2001. Data are represented at the plss section level.
The data are intended to provide a broad landscape perspective of sage grouse habitat and distribution in Montana. The data are intended for initial resource review, conservation planning, current distribution display, habitat display, and broad scale landscape analyses of distribution and/or habitat. The data are not recommended for use in evaluating site specific applications. For evaluating or reviewing site specific applications MFWP recommends contacting the appropriate MFWP Regional office.

Time period of content:
Calendar date: 01/01/2015
Currentness reference: ground condition
Progress: Complete
Maintenance and update frequency: As needed
Access constraints: None
Use constraints:
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:
Lydia Bailey
GIS Manager
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
1420 East 6th Ave
PO Box 200701
Helena, Montana 59620-0701

Telephone: 406-444-5365

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Data Quality Information:

Process step:
Any section overlapping existing Sage-grouse Core Areas were classified as occupied habitat.
Process date: 09/01/2014
Process step:
Existing sage-grouse habitat data from 2001 layer converted to PLSS section level representation. Only habitat field, reflecting habitat occupancy, was converted. Any part of a section with existing polygon classification was given the highest order value. Values in order from highest to lowest were Occupied, Occupancy Unknown, Unoccupied, Non-habitat.
Process date: 09/01/2014
Process step:
FWP Biologists reviewed and suggested changes to the existing layer using an online mapping program that allowed visualization of reference information including, but not limited to: plss sections, cities, highways, county boundaries, 2013 aerial imagery, Montana Landcover, and the 2001 sage-grouse habitat layer. Biologists included any section possessing habitat where sage-brush landcover and other landscape characteristics would indicate suitable habitat that could be potentially occupied by sage-grouse. All other sections were excluded. Upon inclusion, the habitat occupancy of the section was designated as one of the following: Occupied, Occupancy Unknown, or Unoccupied.
Process date: 11/01/2014
Process step:
Once suggested edits from FWP biologists were incorporated into an updated layer internal boundaries between sections with the same Habitat value were dissolved. Habitat and occupancy status was not designated on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian reservations. Sections were clipped to the boundary of these reservations and to the statewide county boundaries to represent only areas in MT.
Process date: 11/01/2014
Process step:
Final draft data was placed back on the web mapping site for final review by FWP biologists and any needed changes were incorporated.
Process date: 12/01/2014
Process step: Data layer finalized and metadata updated.
Process date: 01/01/2015
Process step: Dataset last imported to SDEDEV
Process date: 01/05/2015
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Spatial Data Organization Information:
Point and vector object information:
SDTS object type: GT-polygon composed of chains
SDTS object count: 3
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Spatial Reference Information:
Horizontal coordinate system definition:
Map projection:
Map projection name: NAD 1983 StatePlane Montana FIPS 2500
Lambert conformal conic:
NAD 1983 StatePlane Montana FIPS 2500
Standard parallel: 45.0
Standard parallel: 49.0
Longitude of central meridian: -109.5
Latitude of projection origin: 44.25
False easting: 600000.0
False northing: 0.0
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
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Entity and Attribute Information:
Entity type label: Sage-grouse Habitat/Current Distribution (Montana)

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

Attribute label: HABITAT
Attribute definition:
Areas containing the requirements, such as food, water, and shelter that are essential for the development and sustained existence of sage grouse.

Definition of
Attribute Value
OccupiedOccupied habitat. Area is occupied by sage grouse some time during the year and is considered important for the existence of sage grouse.
Occupancy UnknownBelieved to be sage grouse habitat but it is unknown if area is occupied by sage grouse.
UnoccupiedUnoccupied habitat. Area is not occupied consistently by sage grouse throughout the year but is believed to be suitable or to have potential as sage grouse habitat.
Attribute value accuracy information:
Attribute value accuracy: Excellent
Attribute measurement frequency: As needed

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

Attribute label: SHAPE.AREA
Attribute definition: Internal feature area

Attribute label: SHAPE.LEN
Attribute definition: Internal feature length
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Distribution Information:
Lydia Bailey
GIS Manager
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
1420 East 6th Ave
PO Box 200701
Helena, Montana 59620-0701

Telephone: 406-444-5365

Distribution liability:
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) provides these data without any warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. FWP shall not be liable for incidental, consequential, or special damages arising out of the use of any data provided by FWP.
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Metadata Reference Information:
Metadata date: 01/14/2015
Metadata contact:
Adam Messer
GIS Programmer/Analyst
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
1420 East 6th Ave
PO Box 200701
Helena, Montana 59620-0701

Telephone: 406-444-0095

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