Protected Areas - Florida, May 2010

May 24, 2010 (Last modified Oct 31, 2012)
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(A newer version of these data is now available, Protected Areas - Florida, October 2012 )

The Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) is the primary source of protected areas data within the PAD-US 1.1 (CBI Edition) dataset for Florida.  FNAI serves as Florida's central repository for conservation lands data and makes quarterly updates available on its web site.  A shape file of the most current data on Florida conservation lands can be downloaded at: http://www.fnai.org/conservationlands.cfm.

The PAD-US 1.1 (CBI Edition) utilizes the June 2009 version of FNAI data. This dataset is an extraction from PAD-US 1.1 (CBI Edition), by state. The PAD-US 1.1 (CBI Edition) data set portrays the nation's protected areas with a standardized spatial geometry and numerous valuable attributes on land ownership, management designations, and conservation status (using national GAP and international IUCN coding systems). The PAD-US 1.1 (CBI Edition) defines protected areas to include all lands dedicated to the preservation of biological diversity and to other natural, recreation and cultural uses, and managed for these purposes through legal or other effective means (adapted from IUCN definition). The database represents the full range of conservation designations that preserve these natural resources in the United States.

Protected areas are cornerstones of national and international conservation strategies. By way of these designations, lands and waters are set-aside in-perpetuity to preserve functioning natural ecosystems, act as refuges for species, and maintain ecological processes. Complementary conservation strategies preserve land for the sustainable use of natural resources, or for the protection of significant geologic and cultural features or open space. PAD-US 1.1 (CBI Edition) attempts to include all available spatial data on these places. It is our goal to publish the most comprehensive geospatial data set of U. S. protected areas to date.
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