Back Country Areas are areas of the Monument where management will focus on maintaining the natural landscape and primitive recreation opportunities. The emphasis of Back Country is to preserve natural primitive landscapes while allowing needed access to cultural and biological areas. This shapefile contains RMP Alternative C for Back Country designation on the Agua Fria National Monument. Overall, the RMP Alternatives comprise Alternative A, also known as the no-action or current management alternative, and four action alternatives: Alternative B, which plans for increased public use while ensuring resource protection; Alternative C, which provides visitors with opportunities to experience the natural landscapes and cultural resource setting of the Monument, generally with more restrictive decisions than Alternative B; Alternative D, which emphasizes the preservation of undeveloped, primitive landscapes on the Monument, resulting in limited public use and the withdrawal of authorized grazing; and Alternative E, the preferred alternative. In a particular alternative, the key "alternative (e.g. Alt A) attribute" has a domain that represents the several possible designations for each polygon. A particular polygon is assigned the designation that planners deemed appropriate. For this resource, if a particular area is a place where this resource will not be one of the "multiple uses" of the land, the designation is "not allocated." The entire "allocation" of the resource in each alternative is the sum of the acres, throughout the extent, for which the land has a management designation (other than "not allocated").
This data set was prepared for use in the BLM Phoenix Field Office (PFO) Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala planning areas Resource Management Planning (RMP) process. The RMP process was initiated by the publication of the Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register on April 24, 2002 (67 FR 20148), and was ongoing when the consultant (Jones & Stokes) datasets were submitted to BLM PFO in March, 2004. The shapefile is intended for regional analysis and display at a scale of 1:24,000. Abstract and corresponding spatial domain (extent) indicate the area covered by the shapefile, within or outside the planning areas.
Time Period when the allocations correspond to actual or feasible future management actions.
The data and corresponding attributes are only as accurate as the source maps from which they were obtained. Accuracy may vary depending upon the date and method of acquisition. The data is suitable for regional planning and management decision support at intermediate scales, i.e. 1:24,000 or smaller, and cartographic purposes. The data is not suitable for the purposes of navigation. The data is not suitable for analysis at scales larger than 1:24,000. If the Receiving Agency (RA) has modified the data in any way, the RA is obligated to describe the types of modifications it has performed on hardcopy maps using the data. The RA specifically agrees not to misrepresent PFO data sets nor to imply that any changes made were approved by BLM. No warranty is made by BLM for use of the data for purposes not intended by BLM. This information may be updated without notification
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Previously existing feature attributes were taken from source material, then edited as appropriate. Sets of "alternative" attributes indicate the status of an "allocation" polygon for the respective "alternative."
Polygons were checked aganist original manuscripts for consistency.
Overall horizontal accuracy for this data is not greater than national mapping accuracy standards (NMAS) for USGS source maps. Snapping and coordinate shift tolerances in the source digital files were maintained at 0.01 meters or less throughout editing. Horizontal positional accuracy for the digital data wet was tested by visual comparison of the source data with hard copy.
BLM PFO (1) digitized certain base information for the resource from USGS 7.5 minute quadrangle sheets as source maps on a digitizing table, and supplied the digital information to the contractor; (2) or supplied USGS 7.5 minute quadrangle sheets with polygons designated by hand, which the contractor then digitized from the sheets.
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Domains of important attributes: Alt_C Primitive Management area, which was assigned as Back Country Area_Acres Acreage of each polygon.
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