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Data Layer: FWS Critical Habitat Spatial Data Specifications

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FWS Critical Habitat Spatial Data Specifications
Draft specifications and procedures to standardize the creation, maintenance, and dissemination of Endangered Species Critical Habitat spatial data by the Service.

FWS Critical Habitat Spatial Data Specifications. 2020, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Program, Office of Program Support, ECOS Program, Fort Collins, CO.  16 pp.

Historical Data For information on past versions of this standard, contact the Chief Data Officer

Critical Habitat Spatial Data Standard – Implementation and Metadata Instructions. 2020, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,  11 pp.

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Use Instructions
The standard provides guidance on the following topics:

  • Spatial Data Content
  • Spatial Data Update Procedures
  • Spatial Data Submission Format
  • Shapefile Component Requirements
  • Shapefile Naming Conventions
  • Shapefile Data Attributes
  • Shapefile Projection
  • Shapefile Metadata Requirements

    The Critical Habitat Implementation Support Package is recommended for creating critical habitat data.

    Service personnel will use the Service's Critical Habitat Spatial Data Specifications for creation of critical habitat data.
  • Tools
    The Implementation and Metadata Instructions provide guidance on the use of a metadata template that facilitates compliance with the standard.
    Approval Date
    March 14, 2013
    Validation Date
     June 11, 2020
    Data Steward Martha Balis-Larsen, Chief - Office of Program Support, Endangered Species.


    Last updated: June 11, 2020