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Visual Resource Inventory - Rawlins 

Metadata: 

Identification_Information:

  Citation:

    Citation_Information:

      Originator: Otak, Inc.

      Publication_Date: 20110225

      Title: BLM Visual Resource Inventory (VRI) Inventory Classes - Rawlins Field Office, Wyoming.

      Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data

      Other_Citation_Details: Inventory classes were determined by Otak, Inc and the BLM Field Office.  Otak, Inc. established the inputs for scenic quality, sensitivity, and distance zones which were used to derive the inventory class; and compiled the results into GIS.    For questions on the data, contact Otak, Inc, 970.963.1971.

      Online_Linkage: \\ilmwyrl6na1\gis\recreation\vrm\VRM_Inventory_2011\Geodatabase\RFO_VRI_Geodatabase_030111\RFO_VRI_Geodatabase.gdb

  Description:

    Abstract: This dataset constitutes the spatial boundaries for Visual Resource Inventory Class (CLASS) polygons and respective relative ratings (Class I, II, III, or IV) for visual resource values across the area being inventoried.  These inventory classes represent the relative value of the visual resources. Classes I and II being the most valued, Class III representing a moderate value, and Class IV being of least value.  BLM administered lands are placed into the inventory classes  based on the overlay of three spatial data sets; visual appeal of a tract of land (scenic quality), the amount of public concern for scenic quality (visual sensitivity), and whether the tract of land is visible from travel routes or observation points (distance zones).  This dataset is a compilation of these three measures which are recorded in the vri_sqru_poly (scenic quality), vri_slru_poly (sensitivity) and vri_vdz_poly (distance zone) datasets.  The Visual Resource Inventory Classes are informational in nature, and do not constitute a management class.  However, they do serve as a baseline of information from which the affected environment sections of all subsequent NEPA analysis should reference

    Purpose: The results of the visual resource inventory provides BLM managers with a means for determining existing visual values, and become an important component of BLM's Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the area. The Visual Resource Inventory classes provide the basis for considering visual values in the RMP process (see also Manual 1625.3).   The RMP establishes how public lands will be used and allocated for different purposes, and it is developed through public participation and collaboration. Visual values are considered throughout the RMP process, and the area's visual resources are then assigned to management classes with established objectives:  Class I to preserve the existing character of the landscape. The level of change to the characteristic landscape should be very low and must not attract attention; Class II to retain the existing character of the landscape. The level of change to the characteristic landscape should be low; Class III to partially retain the existing character of the landscape. The level of change to the characteristic landscape should be moderate; or Class IV to provide for management activities which require major modification of the existing character of the landscape. The level of change to the characteristic landscape can be high.

    Supplemental_Information: This dataset is one of eight geospatial datasets and four non-spatial tables that comprise the visual resource inventory geodatabase.  The Visual Resource Inventory was conducted according to the policy and procedures documented in BLM Handbook 8410-1 (1/17/1986).  Business rules and other information specific to the VRI datasets may be found in the Visual Resource Inventory Data Standard Report, and the Visual Resource Inventory Implementation Guidelines.

  Time_Period_of_Content:

    Time_Period_Information:

      Single_Date/Time:

        Calendar_Date: 20110225

    Currentness_Reference: publication date

  Status:

    Progress: Complete

    Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed

  Spatial_Domain:

    Bounding_Coordinates:

      West_Bounding_Coordinate: -108.603990

      East_Bounding_Coordinate: -104.051908

      North_Bounding_Coordinate: 42.434477

      South_Bounding_Coordinate: 40.996796

  Keywords:

    Theme:

      Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None

      Theme_Keyword: BLM

      Theme_Keyword: visual resource inventory

      Theme_Keyword: VRI

      Theme_Keyword: inventory class

      Theme_Keyword: aesthetic resource

      Theme_Keyword: visual

      Theme_Keyword: scenic

      Theme_Keyword: landscape

      Theme_Keyword: SQRU

      Theme_Keyword: Scenic Quality Rating Unit

      Theme_Keyword: SLRU

      Theme_Keyword: Sensitivity Level Rating Unit

      Theme_Keyword: VDZ

      Theme_Keyword: Visual Distance Zone

      Theme_Keyword: federal lands

      Theme_Keyword: scenery

      Theme_Keyword: public sensitivity

      Theme_Keyword: visibility

    Theme:

      Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: BLM-THEME

      Theme_Keyword: Recreation

      Theme_Keyword: Land Use Planning

    Theme:

      Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category

      Theme_Keyword: environment

    Place:

      Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: BLM-State

      Place_Keyword: Wyoming

    Place:

      Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None

      Place_Keyword: Rawlins

      Place_Keyword: Rawlins Field Office

      Place_Keyword: RFO

      Place_Keyword: WY

  Access_Constraints: Discretionary, contains no sensitive information - generally considered releasable.

  Use_Constraints: Visual Resource Inventory Classes are informational and do not constitute visual resource management classes.  Inventory data shall be labeled "INFORMATIONAL ONLY" when shared or distributed.    No liability is assumed for the current accuracy or utility of the data on any system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty for individual or aggregate data use with other data.  The BLM shall not be held liable for improper use of the data described and/or contained herein.  By using this data you hereby agree to these conditions.  Any hardcopies utilizing these datasets shall clearly indicate their source.  If the licensee has modified the data in any way they are obligated to describe the types of modifications they have performed on the hardcopy map.  Licensee specifically agrees neither to misrepresent these datasets nor to imply that changes they made were approved by the BLM.

  Point_of_Contact:

    Contact_Information:

      Contact_Person_Primary:

        Contact_Person: Jason Lien

        Contact_Organization: Otak, Inc.

      Contact_Position: Transportation Planner

      Contact_Address:

        Address_Type: mailing and physical address

        Address: 36 N Fourth Street

        City: Carbondale

        State_or_Province: CO

        Postal_Code: 81623

        Country: USA

      Contact_Voice_Telephone: 970.963.1971

      Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 970.963.1622

      Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Jason.lien@otak.com

  Native_Data_Set_Environment: Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.3.1.3500

Data_Quality_Information:

  Attribute_Accuracy:

    Attribute_Accuracy_Report: While this data set captures both qualitative and quantitative information relative to the visual resource inventory, the values and ratings assigned convey a high degree of compliance with the approved methodology for analysis with BLM's Visual Resource Inventory process (Handbook 8410). All ratings and the resultant inventory classes were determined in a team context of both contractors and field office staff to minimize bias, provide consistency, and result in overall assessments well calibrated to the characteristics of the local landscape

  Logical_Consistency_Report: This data has correct topological structure.  Generally, polygons under 100 acres, that fell under the minimum mapping unit, were merged into an adjacent area.

  Completeness_Report: This data is complete, except for those areas that were not inventoried.

  Positional_Accuracy:

    Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:

      Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report: Variable.  This dataset was derived from other GIS layers.

  Lineage:

    Process_Step:

      Process_Description: In order to establish visual resource management (VRM) objectives for areas within the Rawlins Field Office, an accurate inventory of visual resources is needed as baseline data. There are three primary components to consider in completing a visual resource inventory: a scenic quality evaluation, a sensitivity level analysis, and a delineation of distance zones. A dataset for each of these components was created and these were intersected using the Intersect analysis tool in ArcInfo to produce this dataset. The intersected resulting polygon contained the data for the three datasets; the SQRU rating (A,B,C), the SLRU rating (H,M,L) and the DZ rating (Foreground/Middleground, Background, Seldom Seen). Using the VRI Class table, from the BLM Manual Handbook 8410-1, the VRI Class (I, II, III, IV) was determined by cross referencing the above values. This is the final visual resource inventory dataset. The feature attribute of interest is the VRI Class, which gives visual resource inventory class values for each polygon in the data.

    Process_Step:

      Process_Description: Metadata imported.

      Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: F:\15687\GIS\rawlins_fo\otak_geodatabase\metadata\vri_class_poly_rfo_110228.xml

      Process_Date: 20110301

      Process_Time: 07584200

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:

  Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector

  Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:

Spatial_Reference_Information:

  Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:

    Geographic:

      Latitude_Resolution: 0.000000

      Longitude_Resolution: 0.000000

      Geographic_Coordinate_Units: Decimal degrees

    Geodetic_Model:

      Horizontal_Datum_Name: North American Datum of 1983

      Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80

      Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000

      Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222

  Vertical_Coordinate_System_Definition:

    Altitude_System_Definition:

      Altitude_Resolution: 0.000100

      Altitude_Encoding_Method: Explicit elevation coordinate included with horizontal coordinates

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:

  Detailed_Description:

    Entity_Type:

      Entity_Type_Label: VRI_Rawlins

      Entity_Type_Definition: Visual Resource Inventory Classes Polygons

      Entity_Type_Definition_Source: BLM

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: FID

      Attribute_Definition: Internal feature number.

      Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI

      Attribute_Domain_Values:

        Unrepresentable_Domain: Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: SHAPE

      Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.

      Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI

      Attribute_Domain_Values:

        Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: VRI_AREA_I

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: ADMIN_ST

      Attribute_Definition: Administrative State Code.  Two letter, upper case abbreviation for the administrative state office.  The current list of values is:  AK, AZ, CA, CO, ES, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, and WY (with a value of "XX" for "unknown").  In the FBMS Organization Codes, use the second two characters (after the LL)  (e.g. the "AK" in LLAK030900).  Attribute Domain Assignment:  DOM_ADMIN_ST.  (Logical Attribute:  Administrative Office.State Alphabetic Code.  An administrative unit that identifies the state or geographic area which has administrative jurisdiction over lands and cases.  The land for a case may or may not be physically located in the associated administrative state.  Only those states that are BLM administrative states are in the domain for this entity.  Example:  Montana is the Administrative State for public lands in the geographic states of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.)

      Attribute_Definition_Source: BLM

      Attribute_Domain_Values:

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: AK

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Alaska

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: AZ

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Arizona

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: CA

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: California

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: CO

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Colorado

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: ES

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Eastern States

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: ID

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Idaho

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: MT

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Montana

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: NM

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: New Mexico

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: NV

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Nevada

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: OR

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Oregon

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: UT

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Utah

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: WY

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Wyoming

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: XX

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Unknown

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: ADM_OFC_CD

      Attribute_Definition: Administrative Office Code.  BLM Administrative office (which is subordinate to the state office) that has jurisdiction and/or management authority over lands within a geographic area.  This is a 6-character code.  In the FBMS Organization Codes, use the 6 characters after the State designators (e.g.  the "030900" from LLAK030900).  (Logical Attribute:  Office.BLM Organization Code.)

      Attribute_Definition_Source: BLM

      Attribute_Domain_Values:

        Unrepresentable_Domain: not representable in a domain

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: ADM_UNIT_C

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: VRI_AREA_N

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: ADMIN_FO_N

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: VRI_EVAL

      Attribute_Definition: VRI Class Evaluators.  Comma-delimited text field listing the evaluators who conducted the inventory and assigned the VRI Classes, beginning with the principle point of contact.  Names should be formatted using first initial followed by full last name with no spaces or punctuation (i.e. TBrown, JMccann).  (Logical Attribute:  None, Logical Entity:  Visual Resource Inventory Location Evaluator)

      Attribute_Definition_Source: BLM

      Attribute_Domain_Values:

        Unrepresentable_Domain: text field for names not representable in domain

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: VRI_CONTAC

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: VRI_ORIG_D

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: VRI_MOD_DT

      Attribute_Definition: VRI Class Last Modification Date.  Date on which the Visual Resouce Inventory Class was last modified, or where a change was made to the outline of the visual resource inventory class area.  Default: 09/09/9999  (Logical Attribute:  Visual Resource Inventory Class Date.  The date on which the inventory class was assigned to an area based on the scenic quality, sensitivity level, and distance zone.)

      Attribute_Definition_Source: BLM

      Attribute_Domain_Values:

        Unrepresentable_Domain: date not representable in domain

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: VRI_CLASS_

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: VRI_CLASS1

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: SQ_CODE

      Attribute_Definition: Scenic Quality Rating Code.  Scenic quality code (from the SQRU_POLY feature class) assigned to a scenic quality rating unit based on the total score for all seven factors of scenic quality.   (Logical Attribute:  Scenic Quality Rating Code.  The code for the scenic quality rating for the Visual Resource Inventory)

      Attribute_Definition_Source: BLM

      Attribute_Domain_Values:

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: A

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: 19 or More Total Score for Scenic Quality

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM Visual Resource Inventory Manual 8410

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: B

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: 12 to 18 Total Score for Scenic Quality

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM Visual Resource Inventory Manual 8410

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: C

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: 11 or Less Total Score for Scenic Quality

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM Visual Resource Inventory Manual 8410

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: N

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Not yet inventoried

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: SL_OVRL_RT

      Attribute_Definition: Sensitivity Level Overall Rating.  Sensitivity Level Overall Rating (from the SLRU_POLY feature class) derived from all five sensitivity level factors.  The name associated with the overal level of concern for maintaining scenic quality.  (logical attribute:  Visual Sensitivity Level Name)

      Attribute_Definition_Source: BLM

      Attribute_Domain_Values:

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: High

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Maintenance of Visual Quality has High Value

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM Visual Resource Inventory Manual 8410

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: Moderate

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Maintenance of Visual Quality has Moderate Value

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM Visual Resource Inventory Manual 8410

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: Low

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Maintenance of Visual Quality has Low Value

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM Visual Resource Inventory Manual 8410

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: None

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Not yet inventoried

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: VDZ_CODE

      Attribute_Definition: Visual Distance Zone Code.  Visual Distance Zone Code Classification (from the VDZ_POLY feature class) based on relative visibility from travel routes or observation points.  (Logical Attribute:  Visual Distance Zone Name.  The name for the landscape distance zone based on relative visibility from travel routes or observation points)

      Attribute_Definition_Source: BLM

      Attribute_Domain_Values:

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: F/M

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Foreground-Middleground

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM Visual Resource Inventory Manual 8410

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: BG

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Background

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM Visual Resource Inventory Manual 8410

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: SS

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Seldom Seen

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM Visual Resource Inventory Manual 8410

        Enumerated_Domain:

          Enumerated_Domain_Value: N

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Not yet inventoried

          Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: BLM

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: SHAPE_Area

      Attribute_Definition: Area of feature in internal units squared.

      Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI

      Attribute_Domain_Values:

        Unrepresentable_Domain: Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: VRI_REHAB_

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: VRI_SPCL_I

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: SHAPE_Leng

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: BLM_ACRE

      Attribute_Definition: BLM Acreage.  Total derived BLM administered acres for the polygon (within the administrative state or field office) that is associated with a specific visual resource inventory class.

      Attribute_Definition_Source: BLM

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: ADMIN_DESC

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: ADM_U_DESC

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: VRI_C_DESC

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: SQ_CO_DESC

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: SL_OV_DESC

    Attribute:

      Attribute_Label: VDZ_C_DESC

Distribution_Information:

  Distributor:

    Contact_Information:

      Contact_Person_Primary:

        Contact_Person: Dennis Carpenter

        Contact_Organization: Rawlins Field Office, Bureau of Land Management

      Contact_Position: Field Manager

      Contact_Address:

        Address_Type: mailing and physical address

        Address: 1300 N. Third

        City: Rawlins

        State_or_Province: WY

        Postal_Code: 82301

        Country: USA

      Contact_Voice_Telephone: 307-328-4200

      Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: D75carpe@blm.gov

  Resource_Description: Downloadable Data

  Distribution_Liability: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) provides these geographic data "as is."  BLM makes no guarantee or warranty concerning the accuracy of information contained in the geographic data.  BLM further makes no warranties, either expressed or implied as to any other matter whatsoever, including, without limitation, the condition of the product, or its fitness for any particular purpose.  The burden for determining fitness for use lies entirely with the user.  Although these data have been processed successfully on computers of BLM, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by BLM regarding the use of these data on any other system, nor does the fact of distribution constitute or imply any such warranty.  In no event shall the BLM have any liability whatsoever for payment of any consequential, incidental, indirect, special, or tort damages of any kind, including, but not limited to, any loss of profits arising out of the use or reliance on the geographic data or arising out of the delivery, installation, operation, or support by BLM.

Metadata_Reference_Information:

  Metadata_Date: 20110415

  Metadata_Contact:

    Contact_Information:

      Contact_Person_Primary:

        Contact_Person: Jason Lien

        Contact_Organization: Otak, Inc.

      Contact_Position: Transportation Planner

      Contact_Address:

        Address_Type: mailing and physical address

        Address: 36 N Fourth Street

        City: Carbondale

        State_or_Province: CO

        Postal_Code: 81623

        Country: USA

      Contact_Voice_Telephone: 970-963-1971

      Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 9870-963-1622

      Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Jason.lien@otak.com

  Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata

  Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998

  Metadata_Time_Convention: local time