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Data Layer GraphicTitle: "Lands Managed for Conservation and Open Space" (2002)
Description: This GIS data layer consists of lands managed for conservation and open space based on multiple source layers. This is a composite inventory that integrates digital depictions of lands from multiple sources and resolves boundary discrepancies among sources. Partners in the creation of this data layer included the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Wildlife Resources Commission, the Division of Coastal Management, and the Conservation Tax Credit program), the State Property Office, the Land Trust for North Carolina and its associated land trusts, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the Conservation Fund, the Nature Conservancy, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the NC GAP Analysis program, and the Triangle J Council of Governments and its associated local governments. The source layers are: >From the NC Corporate Geographic Database: > State-owned complexes (soc) selected for the following use codes and > descriptions: > 1 (Arboretums/Botanical Gardens) > 5 (Boat Access Sites) > 12 (Estuarine Sanctuary) > 19 (Forestry) > 21 (Game lands) > 29 (Historic Sites) > 35 (Wildlife Management Areas) > 39 (Natural/Historic Preserves) > 41 (Nursery) > 43 (Parks/Recreational Areas) > 46 (Public Beach Access) > 54 (Submerged Lands) > 61 (Zoo) > 62 (OTHER: Div-Name = ""ENR PARKS AND RECREATION"") > State Parks (stprk) > Recreation Projects - Land and Water Conservation Fund (rplwcf) > Game Lands - Wildlife Resources Commission (gmlwrc) selected for > ownership = public > Conservation Tax Credit Properties (ctcp) > Land Trust Conservation Properties (ltcp) > Coastal Reserves (cresb) >From project files: > Preserved Farmland - mapped by CGIA from files of the Piedmont > Land Conservancy, the Triangle Land Conservancy, and the Land > Trust for Central Carolina > Triangle Open Space - compiled by the Triangle J Council of > Governments for properties and easements held by local governments > and non-profit organizations > US Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Refuges - mapped by CGIA from > the files of FWS > Clean Water Management Trust Fund Projects - mapped by CGIA from the > files of CWMTF Managed Areas - compiled and mapped by the Division > of Parks and Recreation, including updates to Federal Land Ownership > (flo) from the NC Corporate Geographic Database Definitions: ""Lands Managed for Conservation and Open Space"" are a combination of lands that are permanently protected open space and farmland and other lands that are managed as ""open space"" as defined by North Carolina General Statue ?160A-407 (see below). For example, a wildlife conservation area that is owned by a public or non-profit land managing organization would count as permanently protected open space. Farmland that is preserved under the state's Farmland Preservation Trust Fund would count as permanently protected land. Permanently protected lands purchased or brought under an easement beginning in January 1999 count toward the state's goal of protecting one million acres of open space by 2009-the Million Acre Initiative. In addition, the Lands Managed for Conservation and Open Space database includes state-owned property that is used for recreational open space including areas reserved for boating access. 160A-407. Definitions. (a) For the purpose of this Part an ""open space"" or ""open area"" is any space or area (i) characterized by great natural scenic beauty or (ii) whose existing openness, natural condition, or present state of use, if retained, would enhance the present or potential value of abutting or surrounding urban development, or would maintain or enhance the conservation of natural or scenic resources. (b) For the purposes of this Part ""open space"" or ""open area"" and the ""public use and enjoyment"" of interests or rights in real property shall also include open space land and open space uses. The term ""open space land"" means any undeveloped or predominantly undeveloped land in an urban area that has value for one or more of the following purposes: (i) park and recreational purposes, (ii) conservation of land and other natural resources, or (iii) historic or scenic purposes. The term ""open space uses"" means any use of open space land for (i) park and recreational purposes, (ii) conservation of land and other natural resources, or (iii) historic or scenic purposes. (1963, c. 1129, s. 7; 1969, c. 35, s. 1; 1971, c. 698, s. 1.) Lands Managed for Conservation and Open Space encompass many land categories and purposes: including but not limited to: >Parks and Greenways >Natural Hazard Mitigation (""buy-out"" properties) >Watershed Protection >Farmland Preservation >Cultural and Historic Lands >State Park >State Recreation Area >State Natural Area >State Nature Preserve >State Lake >State Historic Site >State Gamelands >State Coastal Reserve >>Submerged Lands >>Public Beach & Coastal Water Access >NC Wetlands Restoration Program >Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program >National Wildlife Refuge >National Forest, National Park >NRCS Wetlands Reserve >Other Nature Preserves > >Exclusions: Not all land that has recreational, historic, scenic and natural resource value is defined as ""open space and preserved farmland"" for this project. The Lands Managed for Conservation and Open Space database does NOT include privately owned green spaces, homeowner association green spaces, public leases of private land, school yards, university and college campus land, athletic fields, golf courses, utility-owned land, privately owned forests, prison property, university campuses, research farms or military bases. Private land that is leased or managed by the state for gameland reserves is not included in the database and does not count toward the Million Acre goal. These types of property all have value as areas that are free of buildings and parking lots, but they lack the permanency and purposes required for this project's working definitions. These data were created for the Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and the Million Acre Initiative to establish an inventory of protected lands, open space, and preserved farmland. The goal was to create a database and GIS layer for consistency and completeness. The intended users of these data are state and federal agencies, local governments, land trusts, and other private entities that have an interest in land conservation, open space and farmland preservation. Planners, land managers, and trust funds, in particular, are in need of comprehensive data for decision-making.
Keywords and Themes: Coastal Reserves, Conservation, Council of Governments (COG), Farmland Preservation, Fee Simple, Game Lands, Land, Land Easements, Land Trusts, Million Acres Initiative, National Forests, National Parks, Open Spaces, Quadrangle, River Basins, State Parks, Steward, Wildlife Refuges
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Total size of data files: 4.19000 MB
Data Type: Shapefile
Feature Type: Polygon
Coordinate System: NAD_1983_StatePlane_North_Carolina_FIPS_3200
Datum: North American Datum of 1983Map Units: Meters

Spatial Extent: North Carolina
Source Scale: 1:24000

Created by: US Geological Survey
Released by: NC Center for Geographic Information & Analysis
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Collection Name: NC OneMap - 3/12/2007
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Acquired Date: Downloaded Mar 12, 2007
Distribution Restrictions: Public Domain

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Record ID: 3048_NCOM0703

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