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  • Colorado Natural Heritage Program - Home
    an entire County By identifying and describing the locations of Colorado s rarest species and habitats this work is critical for supporting conservation activities statewide Information from these projects has been instrumental in some of Colorado s biggest conservation successes over the past 30 years such as the Mountains to Plains Project in Larimer County and the enlargement of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Monitoring CNHP is a leader in monitoring the status of Colorado s rare species and plant communities CNHP formed a partnership with the Colorado Division of Wildlife in 1999 to monitor known breeding sites and to survey locations throughout Colorado for new populations of the state endangered Boreal Toad Other ongoing monitoring projects involve the Preble s Meadow Jumping Mouse Pawnee Montane Skipper noxious weeds several rare plant species and the impacts of grazing and management on prairie CNHP s monitoring efforts provide information and feedback that are critical for the management of our natural heritage resources throughout the state Research CNHP s scientists and professionals conduct research projects and also provide information and technical expertise to support other scientific research CNHP scientists have published numerous papers in journals including the description of a newly discovered plant species in 2008 In partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Division of Wildlife CNHP has developed rigorous bio assessment tools to gauge wetland condition across the state of Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountains These assessments will provide the first statistically defensible landscape scale estimate of wetland condition in major river basins in Colorado The tools are also being tested across state boundaries in a regional scale project in collaboration with Montana Wyoming and Utah CNHP supports research on taxonomy classification ecology conservation genetics and restoration ecology through collaborations with scientists and agencies throughout Colorado and beyond Conservation Planning Spatial Analysis CNHP collaborates with many partners to put our information resources to work in conserving Colorado s biodiversity With The Nature Conservancy we have developed Colorado s Biodiversity Scorecard giving us a comprehensive overview of the status of our biological wealth for the first time ever CNHP is using species distribution modeling to refine and economize efforts to search for previously unknown populations We support regional planning needs by analyzing data and writing science based management plans As one of five pilot states in establishing Landscope America www landscope org CNHP has helped to develop this conservation guide to America s natural places We are a partner in Colorado s Rare Plant Conservation Initiative to save Colorado s wildflowers Vegetation Classification and Ecological Systems CNHP ecologists are helping to identify define and map Colorado s natural communities and ecological systems statewide CNHP has also pioneered techniques for assessing the biodiversity status of ecological system patches Wetland condition assessment tools in development by CNHP including Floristic Quality Assessment Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity and Ecological Integrity Assessment are helping to identify conservation priorities and opportunities throughout Colorado Data Sharing and Distribution As Colorado s only

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  • Submit Data to CNHP
    Guides Rare Plant Guide Online Colorado Wetland Plant Field Guide Wetland Plants of the Eastern Plains Disclaimer Equal Opportunity Privacy Statement Submit Data to CNHP If you have field data that you would like to submit to CNHP concerning imperiled species in Colorado download the appropriate field form s from the table below For federally listed or candidate plant species please use the T E Field Form These should be sent directly to jill handwerk colostate edu The Online Web Form versions are interactive web forms that will be submitted online to CNHP Hard Copy versions are PDF files that can be printed and filled out by hand and then mailed to CNHP Electronic versions are Word files that can be filled out digitally and then emailed to the address indicated on the form Form Online Web Form Hard Copy Electronic Version PDF File Data Dictionary Animal Field Form Online Web Form Download PDF Form 30 kb Download Data Dictionary PDF 52 kb Natural Community Field Form Online Web Form Download PDF Form 104 kb Download Data Dictionary PDF 78 kb Plant Field Form Online Web Form Download PDF Form 49 kb Download Word Form 415 kb Download Data Dictionary

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  • About Requesting CNHP Data
    converted to Element Occurrences through the application of Natural Heritage Methodology Element Occurrence EO An Element Occurrence represents a location in which an element is or was present An EO has continued or historic presence and or regular recurrence at a given location and has practical conservation value Potential Conservation Area PCA A PCA represents CNHP s best estimate of the primary area supporting the long term survival of targeted elements Network of Potential Conservation Areas NCA A landscape area that encompasses Potential Conservation Areas which share similar species or natural communities as well as ecological processes or a mostly intact maintained as natural vegetation lightly fragmented landscape that supports wide ranging species and large scale disturbances Revised Environmental Review Rate Structure effective July 1 2009 Tier 3 CNHP Website CNHP Download Page Tier 3 data requests usually do not require input from the Environmental Review Coordinator The following items may be downloaded from the CNHP website Please note the spatial data are for non commercial use only Commercial users may contact CNHP s environmental review coordinator to schedule an environmental review using more precise data Item Format Fee Elements by Quad Shapefiles SHP Free Non sensitive Potential Conservation Areas PCA Shapefiles SHP Free Network of Conservation Areas NCA Shapefiles SHP Free CNHP Element Tracking Lists MS Excel XLSX TXT Free CNHP Field Forms MS Word DOC and Adobe Acrobat PDF Free CNHP Technical Reports and Publications Adobe Acrobat PDF Free Tier 2 no spatial data no Data License Agreement necessary Tier 2 data requests do not include spatial data and therefore a Data License Agreement is not required Requests may be received by species or by geographic area The tabular reports for requests in this category are provided for a base fee 250 PLUS either 100 species or 5 square mile within the client s geographic area of interest 1 mile minimum charge A minimum 2 mile buffer will be applied to linear requests A 55 rush fee will be applied to rush orders A 15 discount will be applied to data requests submitted by independent non profit organizations and students Requests by Species Base Fee Plus Species 250 100 species Requests by Geographic Area Base Fee Plus of Square Miles 250 5 sq mile Click Here to make a data request Tier 1 includes spatial data requires Data License Agreement Tier 1 data requests include spatial data and require signature of a Data License Agreement Requests may be received by species or by geographic area Spatial data and associated tabular reports for these requests are provided for a base fee 350 PLUS fees per mapped location based on tiered fee schedule within the client s geographic area of interest A minimum 2 mile buffer will be applied to linear requests A 55 rush fee will be applied to rush orders A 15 discount will be applied to data requests submitted by independent non profit organizations and students Requests by Species or by Geographic Area Base Fee Plus Fees

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  • Make a CNHP Data Request
    Rare Plant Guide Online Colorado Wetland Plant Field Guide Wetland Plants of the Eastern Plains Disclaimer Equal Opportunity Privacy Statement Make a CNHP Data Request The CNHP Biological and Conservation Data system is used to evaluate projects for potential impacts to rare resources By working early in the planning phase of a land management or development project we strive to avoid and minimize impacts while considering alternatives that allow projects to be implemented Information from CNHP s state wide data system is available to the public and can be used for conservation planning and to help facilitate the design and implementation of ecologically sound development projects CNHP has worked with landowners local planning departments government agencies consulting firms and conservation organizations New pipeline roads mines and general conservation planning are excellent examples of projects where CNHP information has been of use Click Here to learn more about available CNHP data and our fee structure for paid data requests To make a request Requests can be submitted via our automated submission form Requests can also be mailed or directly emailed to Michael Menefee Data Distribution Coordinator Colorado Natural Heritage Program Colorado State University 1474 Campus Delivery Fort Collins CO 80523 1474

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  • CNHP Maps for Download Page
    ESRI Shapefiles zip L4 Elements L4 PCAs L4 NCAs Metadata txt Printable Maps pdf Letter Size L4 Element Map L4 PCA Map L4 NCA Map TESP Map Associated Reports zip link L4 PCA Reports OR View Individual PCA Reports link L4 NCA Reports The State of Colorado s Biodiversity 2011 link ESRI Geodatabase zip L4 Geodatabase includes Elements PCAs and NCAs TESP Geodatabase Statewide Elements by Quad map layer shows which species or natural communities are currently potentially or historically located on a quad Due to the sensitive nature of these data actual species and natural community locations have been generalized to 7 5 minute USGS quadrangles Statewide Potential Conservation Areas PCA map layer shows CNHP s best estimate of the primary area required to support the long term survival of targeted species or natural communities The size and configuration of a PCA will be dictated by the conservation targets i e those species communities or systems we seek to conserve at a given location and their sustaining physical features and or ecological features PCA refers to the ability of a conservation area to maintain healthy viable targets over the long term 100 years including the ability of the targets to respond to natural or human caused environmental change PCAs do not necessarily preclude human activities but their ability to function naturally may be greatly influenced by them PCAs at all scales may require ecological management or restoration to maintain their functionality and long term persistence Statewide Network of Conservation Areas NCA map layer shows areas that fit one of the following definitions A landscape area that encompasses Potential Conservation Areas PCAs that share similar species or natural communities and ecological processes NCAs include unoccupied or unsurveyed areas that are within the same ecological system that the species or natural

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  • CNHP Online and Interactive Maps Page
    Conservation Planning Ecology Zoology Biodiversity Scorecard Get Involved Employment Internships Volunteering Contact Us Directory Field Guides Rare Plant Guide Online Colorado Wetland Plant Field Guide Wetland Plants of the Eastern Plains Disclaimer Equal Opportunity Privacy Statement CNHP Online and Interactive Maps Page Click on a Link Below to View a Map Interactive Map of 2011 CNHP Field Surveys and Activities in Colorado Counties Inventoried by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program Interactive Map of 2011 CNHP Field Surveys and Activities in Colorado This shows just some of the places around the state where the Colorado Natural Heritage Program is currently working Click on a marker for more information You can also zoom into an area of interest and or change the map background from the basic map image provided to a backgroud that shows terrain or satellite image Click Here to view a larger version of the map above and to see further tools for printing and linking to this map Counties Inventoried by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program The map below shows the counties that have been inventoried by CNHP the type of inventory and the year it was performed Click on the Map Above to See a Larger Version

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  • CNHP Download Options
    Teams Botany Conservation Data Services Conservation Planning Ecology Zoology Biodiversity Scorecard Get Involved Employment Internships Volunteering Contact Us Directory Field Guides Rare Plant Guide Online Colorado Wetland Plant Field Guide Wetland Plants of the Eastern Plains Disclaimer Equal Opportunity Privacy Statement CNHP Download Options We offer numerous types of data for free download Select the appropriate link below to begin downloading or to learn more about our free offerings by

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  • CNHP Conservation Status Handbook Page
    view a list of species or natural communities that we track Amphibians and Reptiles Arthropods and Insects Birds Fish Mammals Mussels and Clams Nonvascular Plants Plant Communities Vascular Plants Click Here to download a ZIP file with our statewide species and natural community tracking lists in Microsoft Excel XLSX and text TXT formats and the metadata file that explains the ranking criteria This file was last updated and contains A

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