GIS Metadata

BLM OR Wild and Scenic Rivers Line

Frequently-asked questions:

What does this data set describe?

BLM OR Wild and Scenic Rivers Line

wsr_arc: This layer is the line representation of the designated Wild and Scenic River segments under BLM management within the boundaries of Oregon and Washington. The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition. For more information about the WSR Act, river classification, management, and links to related sites go to http://www.rivers.gov/rivers/.

Supplemental information:
This data was constructed to the "Wild and Scenic Rivers Data Standard" http://www.blm.gov/or/datamanagement/index.php. A published revision of the Department Manual's Part 305: Departmental Science Effects, Chapter 3: Integrity of Scientific and Scholarly Activities (305 DM 3), effective December 16, 2014, is available online at http://elips.doi.gov/ELIPS/DocView.aspx?id=4056. Scholarly information considered in Departmental decision making must be robust, of the highest quality, and the result of as rigorous scientific and scholarly processes as can be achieved. Most importantly, it must be trustworthy. This policy helps us to achieve that standard (http://www.doi.gov/scientificintegrity/index.cfm)>

  1. How should this data set be cited?

    U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), 20170913, BLM OR Wild and Scenic Rivers Line.

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    Bounding coordinates:
    West: -125
    East: -116
    North: 49.5
    South: 41.5

  3. What does it look like?

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Calendar date: 20170913
    Currentness reference:
    publication date

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

    Geospatial data presentation form: vector digital data

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

      Indirect spatial reference:

      This is a Vector data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):
      • String (1362)

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    Lines defining Wild and Scenic River Corridor boundaries, attributed for source, type, and accuracy of the line data. (Source: Bureau of Land Management)

    Internal feature number. (Source: ESRI)

    Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.

    Feature geometry. (Source: ESRI)

    Coordinates defining the features.

    Official name of the Wild and Scenic River Corridor including the segment (if any) as described in whatever legislation designated the segment.  Full words, mixed case.  There is a national list of official Wild and Scenic River names.  This list must be kept current and consistent with the GIS names.   (Source: Bureau of Land Management)

    The classification of designated Wild and Scenic River segment (Source: Bureau of Land Management)


    The serialized case file number for each Wild & Scenic River.  Inholding polygons or non-BLM Wild & Scenic Rivers should not be given a casefile number.  This number must match exactly with the serial numbers in LR2000 including any spacing in the number (see the examples below) (Source: BLM)

    The official designated miles of the Wild & Scenic River segment as recorded in the designation document. This is not the GIS derived miles and does not change. (Source: BLM)

    The area of a polygon as calculated by GIS in acres.  Must be recalculated with every edit submission.  The acres will be automatically calculated when the feature classes are published.  The BLM_ORG_CD will be used to determine the appropriate projection. (Source: BLM)

    A combination of the BLM administrative state and field office which has administrative responsibility for the spatial entity.  This includes which office covers the entity for planning purposes and which office is the lead for GIS edits.  Another agency or individual may have the physical management responsibility for the on-the-ground entity.  This field applies particularly when a spatial entity crosses resource area or district boundaries and the administrative responsibility is assigned to one or the other rather than splitting the spatial unit.  Similarly, OR/WA BLM may have administrative responsibility over some area that is physically located in Nevada, Idaho, and California and vice versa.  When appropriate, the office can be identified only to the district or state level rather than to the resource area level. Domain is a subset of the BLM national domain for organization codes.  Only positions three through seven of the national code are used (leading LL and trailing zeros are dropped).   (Source: BLM)

    Outstandingly remarkable value(s) found in the WSR Corridor (as defined in BLM Manual 6400).  Only the following codes are allowed: SCEN (Scenic), CULT (Cultural), HIST (Historical), PREH (Prehistoric), REC (Recreational), GEOL (Geologic), FISH, WLDL (Wildlife),  OTHR (Other) and UNK (Unknown ORV). More than one value can be present and concatenated together with a "/" separator  (Source: Bureau of Land Management)

    Length of feature in internal units. (Source: ESRI)

    Entity and attribute overview:
    Attributes and Domains are subject to change without notice. Complete listings  may be found here: http://www.blm.gov/or/datamanagement/index.php, or contact the Oregon State Data Administrator.
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Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

    • U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?


  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    Christopher A. Dent
    Bureau of Land Management, Medford Lands and Resources
    WSR Data Steward
    3040 Biddle Rd
    Medford, OR97504

    (541) 618-2454 (voice)
    (541) 618-2400 (FAX)
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Why was the data set created?

Resource Management Planning.

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How was the data set created?

  1. Where did the data come from?

    Streams (source 1 of 1)

    OR/WA BLM, 19970915, Streams, Linear Features (Line, Node): OR BLM, Portland, OR.

    Type of source media: onLine
    Source scale denominator: 24000
    Source contribution:

  2. What changes have been made?

    Date: 20080301 (change 1 of 3)
    Current version of dataset was redesigned and loaded into ArcSDE

    Person responsible for change:
    Stanley Frazier
    Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Office
    State Data Administrator
    P.O. Box 2965
    Portland, OR97208-2965

    503-808-6009 (voice)
    503-808-6419 (FAX)

    Date: 20130101 (change 2 of 3)
    Attributes and domains updated to meet Wild and Scenic Rivers Data Standard Revision 20130430.

    Person responsible for change:
    Roger Mills
    Bureau of Land Management
    GIS Spec.
    P.O. Box 2965
    Portland, OR97208

    (503) 808-6340 (voice)

    Date: 20140627 (change 3 of 3)
    BLM_ORG_CD domain added.

    Person responsible for change:
    Roger MIlls
    Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Office
    GIS Specialist
    P.O. Box 2965
    Portland, OR97208

    (503) 808-6340 (voice)

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How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?


  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?

    Accuracy requirements are generally determined by the required use of the GIS data by individual field offices.

  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?

  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?

    Data is complete for BLM managed lands within Oregon and Washington.

  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

    WILD AND SCENIC RIVER (WSR_ARC) Description: Instance of Resources- Water group. Centerlines of designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. Geometry: Simple, non-overlapping lines precisely split at the officially described begin and end points. Topology: No Integration Requirements: Must be coincident with Water Courses lines. Must not overlap WSR_P lines. Must not extend past WSRCORR polygons.

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How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access constraints: PUBLIC DATA: None, these data are considered public domain.
Use constraints:
These data are provided by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) "as is" and may contain errors or omissions. The User assumes the entire risk associated with its use of these data and bears all responsibility in determining whether these data are fit for the User's intended use. The information contained in these data is dynamic and may change over time. The data are not better than the original sources from which they were derived, and both scale and accuracy may vary across the data set. These data may not have the accuracy, resolution, completeness, timeliness, or other characteristics appropriate for applications that potential users of the data may contemplate. The User is encouraged to carefully consider the content of the metadata file associated with these data. These data are neither legal documents nor land surveys, and must not be used as such. Official records may be referenced at most BLM offices. Please report any errors in the data to the BLM office for which it was obtained. The BLM should be cited as the data source in any products derived from these data. Any Users wishing to modify the data should describe the types of modifications they have performed. The User should not misrepresent the data, nor imply that changes made were approved or endorsed by BLM. This information may be updated without notification. DATA STEWARD APPROVAL: Chris Dent, state data steward for WSR_ARC, approved the use of this dataset on June 8, 2016.

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  1. Who distributes the data set?

    Eric Hiebenthal
    Bureau of Land Management
    GIS Data Management Specialist
    P.O. Box 2965
    Portland, OR97208

    503-808-6565 (voice)
    503-808-6374 (FAX)
    Hours of Service: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    The BLM assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. No warranty is made by the BLM as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of these data for individual use or aggregate use with other data; nor shall the act of distribution to contractors, partners, or beyond, constitute any such warranty for individual or aggregate data use with other data. 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, or for general or scientific purposes, 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.

  4. How can I download or order the data?

    • Availability in digital form:

    • Data format:
      in format Arc GIS (version Feature Class) Winzip

  5. Is there some other way to get the data?

  6. What hardware or software do I need in order to use the data set?

    Arc GIS, Winzip

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Who wrote the metadata?

Last modified: 20060327
Last reviewed: 20170320

Metadata author:
Roger Mills
Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Office
GIS Specialist
P.O. Box 2965
Portland, OR97208

(503) 808-6340 (voice)
(503) 808-6419 (FAX)
Hours of Service: 8:00-4:00
Contact Instructions:

Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata(FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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