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Foundational and Partner Datasets

A dynamic index of data and tools.


The Landscape Partnership and our partners, including the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture, are serving up curated and georeferenced spatial data for partners working in our geography. Some of this data will be made available following completion of funded projects while other foundational maps and associated datasets are available now. In addition, newly developed and customized decision support tools will be available on the open-source Northeast Conservation Planning Atlas. These tools will allow managers/conservation practitioners to make dynamic and scenario-based decisions using the best and most current scientific data.  A sampling of the datasets and themes are listed below.


Foundational Data

(Datasets which are common to conservation planning efforts)

  • 2006 NLCD: Contains the 2006 national land cover dataset extracted using the AppLCC + a buffered boundary to include effected watersheds.
  • Human Footprint: Raster dataset for the human footprint (Last of the Wild, version 2, 2005). This raster dataset has also been extracted to a buffered AppLCC buffer boundary.  In this raster’s attributes the cell values indicate the extent of human impact with 0 being the least and 100 being the greatest (on a normalized scale).
  • Hydrologic Units: Dataset that has the USGS hydrologic Unit Code level 8 watersheds that influence or are influenced by the core AppLCC area. The watersheds in this dataset are selected by their intersection with any part of the AppLCC area.
  • Impervious Surface: Raster dataset that has the percent impervious as the value for each cell.  This dataset is extracted from one of the layers created by the national land cover process.
  • NatureServe Ecological Systems: NatureServe updated their ecologic systems data in the Spring of 2013 and this updated dataset was extracted for the AppLCC buffer area. The attribute data with this dataset contains many more vegetation descriptions than the national land cover data alone.  These vegetative descriptions might be translated into habitats for various species of interest by conservation planners
  • Normalized Difference Vegetation Index: The national NDVI dataset is updated annually and it contains multiple datasets in raster format pertaining to seasonal phenology;  we provide the following 3 raster datasets with their layer files that pertain to the beginning, end, and maximum flowering in the Eastern U.S.
  • National Hydrological Dataset: Vector (polyline) data that is the flowlines from the USGS national hydrologic dataset at medium resolution.  Theses have been clipped to the AppLCC buffer boundary.  The attribute data identifies each line segment, its stream name, flow direction and so on.
  • Housing Density: Vector data (polygons) of the counties intersected by the base AppLCC boundary.  Each county has the 2010 population count and housing count Census Bureau data added to its attribute table.  These values were derived by summing the census blocks for each county that were posted in the Census Bureau’s data for 2010, thus each record is for a whole county.
  • Socioeconomic Index: Vector data (polygons) of the counties intersected by the base AppLCC boundary.  In addition to the County name, State, and FIPS codes, this layer has Estimated poverty and percent for each county.  Each record also has an estimated median household income for 2011.  This data was downloaded from the Census Bureau’s SAIP site as a table and permanently joined to the county shapefile using the FIPS code in the two datasets.
  • Habitat Classification: Nature Conservancy’s habitat classification data for the Northeastern U.S.  It does not cover the entire AppLCC area, but uses a technique that might be of interest and could be extended to cover the whole AppLCC area.  These habitats could then be used to examine the species of interest for conservation planning.
  • National Wetlands Inventory: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s national wetlands inventory dataset clipped to the AppLCC buffer boundary.  Almost all of the AppLCC area has been processed for the national wetlands inventory.  This data maps and classifies the wetlands in the area by 7.5 minute quadrangle.
  • National Elevation Dataset: This dataset contains 30 meter square cells with the elevation of the surface for the entire AppLCC buffer area.  This layer is in the same projection as the other layers.  This data can be used to calculate contours, and a number of surface drainage layers.
  • Protected Areas - US: USGS version of the protected area data.   It contains both the public and privately owned protected areas for which the data is publicly available.  It also contains codes to indicate the level of protection given to each parcel according to their management.  These levels are indicated by both GAP category and IUCN codes.
  • Species Distribution: Several potential species for selection as indicators are included and county maps of their range with any other information that was available.  Most were found in existing GAP datasets and those missing were mapped (by county) from their graphic maps by registering them to county datasets.
  • Land Fire: Landfire dataset (vegetation) extracted to the AppLCC buffer boundary.
  • Biomass: vector polygons for annual methane, crops, and forest products by county for the entire LCC geography.  Data provided from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Ecoregions: Vector data with hierarchical classification of ecoregions throughout Appalachia following the Omernik classification scheme.
  • Imperiled Watersheds: Vector data depicting EPA classified imperiled watersheds.
  • Superfund Priority Sites (CERC: The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund, was enacted by Congress on December 11, 1980. This law created a tax on the chemical and petroleum industries and provided broad Federal authority to respond directly to releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health or the environment.
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System sites from the Permit Compliance System (PCS): The Permit Compliance System (PCS) and Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS) databases provide information on companies which have been issued permits to discharge wastewater into rivers. You can review information on when a permit was issued and expires, how much the company is permitted to discharge, and the actual monitoring data showing what the company has discharged.
  • Toxics Release Inventory sites: Registered sites are linked with TRI information for years reported, Federal Registry System (FRS) facility information, and a corresponding Risk Screening Environmental Indicator (RSEI) report that provides a quantitative, relative estimate of risk posed by the facility based on the chemical released and potential exposure pathways.
  • Eastern Brook Trout status: Brook trout status among the entire geographic range.

LCC or Partner Funded Data

(Datasets which can aid in conservation planning but are either new or not widely available)

  • Energy Data: layers depicting wind, coal, and shale deposits and projected land impacts (funded through the Appalachian LCC). Example datasets include both raster and vector data:
  • Central Appalachian Priority Areas: TNC’s priority areas (vector) for the Central Appalachian Range including projects in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee.
  • Red Spruce Picea rubens Distribution in WV: Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI) and its partners have completed a red spruce distribution map that covers the state of west Virginia and is current as of 2013.
  • Important Bird Areas: A global initiative of BirdLife International, implemented by Audubon and local partners in the United States, the Important Bird Areas Program (IBA) is an effort to identify and conserve areas that are vital to birds and other biodiversity. By working with Audubon chapters, landowners, public agencies, community groups, and other non-profits, Audubon endeavors to interest and activate a broad network of supporters to ensure that all Important Bird Areas are properly managed and conserved.
  • Marcellus Fish Collection Database: The Marcellus Fish collection database was built the existing MARIS fish database as a template for compiling fish data from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. MARIS fish data was combined for NY (1976-2007), PA (1975-2007), and WVA (1997-2010) with additional data from Ohio EPA (1978-2012), the USEPA EMAP program (1993-1998), and the USGS NAWQA program (1993-2012). There are 35512 locations represented within the database. There are 14707 unique fish collection locations within the Marcellus Shale boundary with 10238 locations having at least one fish record. There are 437045 fish records within the database with 150507 individual species counts recorded from sites within the Marcellus Shale boundary. The database can be queried using any number of criteria related to location, time, sampling methods, etc.
  • Northeast Terrestrial Resiliency Data: Resilience concerns the ability of a living system to adjust to climate change, to moderate potential damages, to take advantage of opportunities, or to cope with consequences; in short, its capacity to adapt. The Nature Conservancy’s resilience analysis develops an approach to conserve biological diversity while allowing species and communities to rearrange in response to a continually changing climate.  This project identifies the most resilient examples of key geophysical settings, to provide managers and scientists with a nuanced picture of the places where terrestrial conservation is most likely to succeed over centuries
  • Northeast Freshwater Resiliency Data: Resilient stream systems are those that will support a full spectrum of biodiversity and maintain their functional integrity even as species compositions and hydrologic properties change in response to shifts in ambient conditions due to climate change.  We examined all connected stream networks in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic for seven characteristics correlated with resilience. These included four physical properties (network length, number of size classes, number of gradients classes and number of temperature classes), and three condition characteristics (risk of hydrologic alterations, natural cover in the floodplain, and amount of impervious surface in the watershed).
  • Portfolio of Important Habitats – TNC: Forest matrix blocks and priority rivers which provide a snapshot of the best remaining representative examples of forest and freshwater areas in the Appalachians.
  • TNC’s Essential Forests: Derived from the Northeastern Terrestrial Resilience Analysis, this dataset depicts an internal expert group’s priority areas for conserving important resilient forest areas and important landscape level connectors.
  • EBTJV Priority Subwatershed Maps: These maps contain subwatershed priority scores that are intended to assist in identifying areas that are best suited for brook trout protection, enhancement, and restoration projects. The higher the subwatershed score, the higher the priority for conservation action; the "best of the best" subwatersheds have priority scores that range from 1.30 to 1.66.