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Environmentally_Significant_Areas_of_Alberta/20151204 (MapServer)

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Service Description: Environmentally Significant Areas (ESAs) are generally defined as areas that are important to the long-term maintenance of biological diversity, physical landscape features and/or other natural processes, both locally and within a larger spatial context (Jennings & Reganold 1991). This product is an update of ESAs and Aquatic ESAs previously published by the Government of Alberta. The 2014 ESA product consists of a report (http://www.albertaparks.ca/media/5425575/2014-esa-final-report-april-2014.pdf) and associated Geographic Information System (mapping) data. Please see the accompanying report, for an explanation of the Criteria and Indicators methodology used in the 2014 update. This layer includes analysis and results of all quarter sections across the province. Attributes include the ESA score, and the summed criterion scores, for each quarter section in Alberta, as well as a field indicating whether or not the quarter section qualifies as an ESA. The layers within this map service are visible at a minimum scale of 1:216,671.

Map Name: Environmentally Significant Areas of Alberta

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Layers: Description: These layers represent the Environmentally Significant Areas of Alberta (ESAs) generally defined as areas that are important to the long-term maintenance of biological diversity, physical landscape features and/or other natural processes, both locally and within a larger spatial context (Jennings & Reganold 1991). This product is an update of ESAs and Aquatic ESAs previously published by the Government of Alberta. The 2014 ESA product consists of a report (link to report: http://www.albertaparks.ca/media/5425575/2014-esa-final-report-april-2014.pdf ) and associated Geographic Information System (mapping) data. Please see the report, for an explanation of the Criteria and Indicators methodology used in the 2014 update. The layers includes the analysis and results of all quarter sections across the province. Attributes include the ESA score, and the summed criterion scores, for each quarter section in Alberta, as well as a field indicating whether or not the quarter section qualifies as an ESA. The primary intended use of the ESA report and associated mapping products is to inform land-use and watershed planning for those areas identified as having high environmental significance, based on the best information available. It should be recognized that there may be environmentally significant areas that have not been identified in this assessment, and these omissions may be due to a lack of inventory and data that documents their location and/or significance. Further, it is important to note that all ecosystems in Alberta, including those that fall outside of designated ESAs, should be considered in planning exercises that involve objective setting for environmental and land use criteria. This ESA product does not replace other indicator-specific mapping and planning tools, such as wetland inventories, caribou range maps, and species at risk recovery plans. These more detailed information sources must be consulted when planning for projects that may impact specific environmental resources, particularly when dealing with regulatory requirements. ESAs are not intended to be used in the regulatory context. (Citation):Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2014. Environmentally Significant Areas in Alberta: 2014 Update. Report prepared for the Government of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Fiera Biological Consulting Report Number 1305. Pp. 51. Report Prepared by: Shari Clare (PhD, PBiol), Gillian Holloway (PhD), and Sinisa Vukicevic (PhD). The layers within this group are visible at a minimum scale of 1:216,671.

Copyright Text: Copyright Government of Alberta

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Single Fused Map Cache: false

Initial Extent: Full Extent: Units: esriMeters

Supported Image Format Types: PNG32,PNG24,PNG,JPG,DIB,TIFF,EMF,PS,PDF,GIF,SVG,SVGZ,BMP

Document Info: Supports Dynamic Layers: true

MaxRecordCount: 1000

MaxImageHeight: 4096

MaxImageWidth: 4096

Supported Query Formats: JSON, AMF

Min Scale: 216671

Max Scale: 0



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