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Louisa County Forest

louisaforest

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What does this data set describe?

  • Title: louisaforest
  • Abstract: Forest landuse for Louisa County as defined by the U.S. Forest Service Field Instructions for Southern Forest Inventory landuse classification definition of forest. According to this definition, the minimum size requirement for a forest area is at least 1 acre and 120 ft. in width a the point of occurence. Using this rule set, the forest landuse was digitized from available USGS DOQQ Imagery, 1:12000 scale.
  • Supplemental_Information: Using the landuse classification rules described in the USFS FIA Handbook, the forest landuse was digitized from available USGS DOQQ Imagery, 1:12000 scale. These data only contain forested landuse areas 1 acre or greater. It does not contain other land use classifcations, such as water, agriculture,urban areas or barren/stip land. There are currently no plans to perform this kind of delineation for additional counties in the Commonwealth.
  1. How should this data set be cited?
  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    • West_Bounding_Coordinate: -78.310910
    • East_Bounding_Coordinate: -77.683945
    • North_Bounding_Coordinate: 38.154295
    • South_Bounding_Coordinate: 37.727467
  3. What does it look like?
  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
    • Calendar_Date: 1994
    • Currentness_Reference: ground condition
  5. What is the general form of this data set?
    • Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?
    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?
      • This is a Vector data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):
      • G-polygon (1721)
    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?
      • The map projection used is Lambert Conformal Conic.
        • Projection parameters:
          • Standard_Parallel: 37.000000
          • Standard_Parallel: 39.500000
          • Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -79.500000
          • Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 36.000000
          • False_Easting: 0.000000
          • False_Northing: 0.000000
        • Planar coordinates are encoded using coordinate pair
          • Abscissae (x-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 0.000128
          • Ordinates (y-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 0.000128
          • Planar coordinates are specified in meters
        • The horizontal datum used is North American Datum of 1983.
        • The ellipsoid used is Geodetic Reference System 80.
        • The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.000000.
        • The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257222.
  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?
    • louisaforest
    • FID Internal feature number. (Source: ESRI) Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
    • Shape Feature geometry. (Source: ESRI) Coordinates defining the features.
    • ACRES Polygon acres
    • COVER_TYPE Cover Type Value (Source: from USFS FIA Handbook)
      • Frequency of measurement: None planned
        • Value: 400
        • Definition: Forest
    • DMSX
    • DMSY
    • QUALITY
    • YVALUE
    • AREA
    • PERIMETER
    • FRACTAL

Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set?(may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)
    • Virginia Department of Forestry
  2. Who also contributed to the data set?
  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?
    • Jason Braunstein
      Virginia Department of Forestry
      GIS Manager
      900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 800
      Charlottesville, VA 22903
      434.977.6555 (voice)
      434.296.2369 (FAX)

Why was the data set created?

The forest landuse was digitized as part of the Louisa County Forest Sustainability project to assess the geographic distribution of forests and their relationship to other features, such as property ownership parcels.

How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?
    • USGS Digital Orthophoto Quarter Quads (source 1 of 1)
      • Type_of_Source_Media: disc
      • Source_Scale_Denominator: 12000
  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?
  2. How accurate are the geographic locations? +/- 20 feet
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths? N/A
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
    • The data were derived using the rules for delineating forest landuse parcels described in the USFS Field Instructions for Southern Forest Inventory. Landuse other than forest was not delineated. The forest landuse delineation was based on 1994 Digital Orthophoto Quarter Quad (USGS) imagery and does not reflect any differences in forest landuse predating this time, nor changes since that time.
  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

  • Access_Constraints: Data is available to all interested parties
  • Use_Constraints: Data may only be redistributed with accompanying metadata.
  1. Who distributes the data set?
    • Jason Braunstein
      Virginia Department of Forestry
      GIS Manager
      900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 800
      Charlottesville, VA 22903
      434.977.6555 (voice)
      434.296.2369 (FAX)
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?
    • Downloadable Data
  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?
    • This information is provided with the understanding that it is not guaranteed to be correct or complete and conclusions drawn from such information are the sole responsibility of the user. While The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) has attempted to ensure that this documentation is accurate and reliable, DOF does not assume liability for any damages caused by inaccuracies in these data or documentation, or as a result of the failure of the data or software to function in a particular manner. DOF makes no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness, or utility of this information, nor does the fact of distribution constitute a warranty.
  4. How can I download or order the data?
    • Availability in digital form:
      • Data format:
      • Size: 2.822
    • Cost to order the data:

Who wrote the metadata?

  • Dates:
    • Last modified: 16-Jul-2002
    • Last Reviewed: July 2002
  • Metadata author:
    • Jason Braunstein
      Virginia Department of Forestry
      GIS Manager
      900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 800
      Charlottesville, VA 22903
      434.977.6555 (voice)
      434.296.2369 (FAX)
  • Metadata standard:
    • FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)
  • Metadata extensions used:
    • http://www.esri.com/metadata/esriprof80.html

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