Metadata for National Forests and Ranger Districts in Montana, 2002 Metadata for National Forests and Ranger Districts in Montana, 2002
Identification Information:
Citation:
Originator: Montana Natural Heritage Program
Publication date: 10/14/2002
Title: National Forests and Ranger Districts in Montana, 2002
Publication place: Helena Montana
Publisher: Montana State Library
Other citation details:
The former name of the data set on the NRIS web site was "nfrd"
Online linkage: http://ftp.geoinfo.msl.mt.gov/Data/Spatial/NonMSDI/Shapefiles/NationalForest2002.zip
Larger Work Citation:
Title: USFS Ranger Districts, 2018
Online linkage: https://mslservices.mt.gov/Geographic_Information/Data/DataList/datalist_Details.aspx?did={70cf4ba4-d349-4b2f-8317-5327761a9822}
Browse graphic file name: http://ftp.geoinfo.msl.mt.gov/Documents/Maps/Thumbnails/20021115_597_thumb.jpg
Browse graphic file description: Thumbnail Image of Montana National Forest Map
Browse graphic file name: http://ftp.geoinfo.msl.mt.gov/Documents/Maps/Individual/20021115_597_2002_MTNatForest.gif
Browse graphic file description: Montana National Forest Map

Abstract:
This data set shows the national forest and ranger district boundaries in Montana, and national forest land that is outside the forest boundaries. It does not distinguish among federal, state, and private lands that are inside the forest boundaries.

In the Arc/Info coverage version of this data, National forests are represented by a 'region.forest' feature class and ranger districts by a 'region.district' feature class. In the shapefile version, each polygon has a field for the forest and district name and attributes of the districts in its attribute table, and there is an additional table called forests.dbf that contains information about the forests.

These data are extracted from the statewide land ownership and managed areas layer (stew) maintained by the MTNHP.

Note that these data do not conform entirely with official national forest boundaries: (1) the boundaries included here have been expanded to encompass national forest system lands that lie outside of the official forest boundary and (2) many small and discrete polygons that have no national forest ownership but were (and are) included in the officially designated forest boundary are not included in these data.

Time period of content:
Beginning date: 1975
Ending date: 02/27/2003
Currentness reference: publication date
Status:
Progress: In work
Maintenance and update frequency: As needed
Access constraints: None
Use constraints:
These data show the approximate location of National Forests in Montana. They are not to be used to determine the legal owner of the land at any particular location, nor do they imply public access to any lands. Many private and state-owned parcels lie within the national forest boundaries depicted in these data.

The Montana State Library provides this product/service for informational purposes only. The Library did not produce it for, nor is it suitable for legal, engineering, or surveying purposes. Consumers of this information should review or consult the primary data and information sources to ascertain the viability of the information for their purposes. The Library provides these data in good faith but does not represent or warrant its accuracy, adequacy, or completeness. In no event shall the Library be liable for any incorrect results or analysis; any direct, indirect, special, or consequential damages to any party; or any lost profits arising out of or in connection with the use or the inability to use the data or the services provided. The Library makes these data and services available as a convenience to the public, and for no other purpose. The Library reserves the right to change or revise published data and/or services at any time.
Point of contact:
Montana Natural Heritage Program
PO Box 201800
Helena, MT 59620-1800


Telephone: 406-444-5354
TDD/TTY telephone: Montana Relay 711
Fax: 406-444-0266
E-Mail: geoinfo@mt.gov


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Data Quality Information:
Attribute accuracy report:
Forest and District names and contact information (address and phone) are taken from various National Forest websites (accessed from: http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/state_list.shtml.)

Completeness report:
Complete and current as of publication date. Changes do occur in both national forest and ranger district boundaries as well as with names and contact information.


Horizontal Positional Accuracy Report:
This is basically 1:100000 scale (100K) data with a horizontal accuracy of approximately 170 feet.

Lineage:
Source information:
Originator: Montana Natural Heritage Program
Publication date: 09/25/2002
Title: Land ownership and managed areas in Montana
Publication place: Helena Montana
Publisher: Montana State Library
Source scale denominator: 100000
Source contribution: The data set is a subset of stew.
Beginning date: 2000
Ending date: 09/25/2002

Process step:
Polygons with CODES containing 'fs' are copied from stew to this layer. The attributes are added and populated with the relevant forest and ranger district information. Then region.district and region.forest feature classes are created using 'regiondissolve'.
Process date: 09/25/2002
Process step:
The name of the Kings Hill Ranger District in the Lewis and Clark National Forest was changed to White Sulphur Springs.
Process date: 06/23/2008
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Spatial Data Organization Information:
Point and vector object information:
SDTS object type: G-polygon
SDTS object count: 286
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Spatial Reference Information:
Horizontal coordinate system definition:
Grid coordinate system name: State Plane Coordinate System 1983
SPCS zone identifier: 2500
Lambert conformal conic:
Standard parallel: 45.000000
Standard parallel: 49.000000
Longitude of central meridian: -109.500000
Latitude of projection origin: 44.250000
False easting: 600000.000000
False northing: 0.000000
Planar distance units: Meters
Geodetic model:
Horizontal datum name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid name: GRS1980
Semi-major axis: 6378137
Denominator of flattening ratio: 298.257
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Entity and Attribute Information:
Entity type label: NationalForest2002.dbf
Entity type definition: polygon attribute table

Attribute label: FID
Attribute definition: Shapefile sequence number

Attribute label: Shape
Attribute definition: Feature geometry

Attribute label: AREA
Attribute definition: Area of polygon in square meters

Attribute label: PERIMETER
Attribute definition: Perimeter of polygon in meters

Attribute label: POLY_ID
Attribute definition:
Polygon sequende number from original coverage version of the data

Attribute label: CODE
Attribute definition: Unique forest district code

Attribute label: ACRES
Attribute definition: Area of polygon in acres

Attribute label: FOREST
Attribute definition: Name of Forest

Attribute label: DISTRICT
Attribute definition: Name of Forest Ranger District

Attribute label: MACODE
Attribute definition: Heritage Program record key

Attribute label: ADDRESS
Attribute definition: Contact address

Attribute label: CITY
Attribute definition: Contact address city

Attribute label: STATE
Attribute definition: Contact address state

Attribute label: ZIP
Attribute definition: Contact address zip code

Attribute label: PHONE
Attribute definition: Contact phone number

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Distribution Information:
Distributor:
Montana State Library
PO Box 201800
Helena, MT 59620-1800


Telephone: 406-444-5354
Telephone: 406-444-5354
TDD/TTY telephone: Montana Relay 711
Fax: 406-444-0266
E-Mail: geoinfo@mt.gov
E-Mail: geoinfo@mt.gov


Resource description: Downloadable Data


Distribution liability:
The Montana State Library provides this product/service for informational purposes only. The Library did not produce it for, nor is it suitable for legal, engineering, or surveying purposes. Consumers of this information should review or consult the primary data and information sources to ascertain the viability of the information for their purposes. The Library provides these data in good faith but does not represent or warrant its accuracy, adequacy, or completeness. In no event shall the Library be liable for any incorrect results or analysis; any direct, indirect, special, or consequential damages to any party; or any lost profits arising out of or in connection with the use or the inability to use the data or the services provided. The Library makes these data and services available as a convenience to the public, and for no other purpose. The Library reserves the right to change or revise published data and/or services at any time.

Standard order process:
Digital form:
Format name: ESRI Shapefile
megabytes
Online option:
http://ftp.geoinfo.msl.mt.gov/Data/Spatial/NonMSDI/Shapefiles/NationalForest2002.zip
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Metadata Reference Information:
Metadata date: 01/17/2014
Metadata review date: 04/17/2013
Metadata review date: 06/23/2008
Metadata review date: 09/29/2004
Metadata review date: 02/27/2003
Metadata review date: 09/26/2002
Metadata contact:
Cedron Jones
Mapping/GIS Specialist
Montana Natural Heritage Program
PO Box 201800
Helena, MT 59620-1800


Telephone: 406-444-5354
TDD/TTY telephone: Montana Relay 711
Fax: 406-444-0266
E-Mail: geoinfo@mt.gov


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