Botany and Wildlife Observations and Surveys Data Standard

Information Bulletin

United States Department of the Interior;
Oregon State Office
P.O. Box 2965
Portland, Oregon 97208

APR 15, 2021

1283/6500/6800 (OR931/955) P

Information Bulletin No. OR-2021-031

To:  Deputy State Directors, District Managers, and Branch Chiefs
From:  Branch Chief, Information Resources Management
Subject:  Botany and Wildlife Observations and Surveys Data Standard

This Information Bulletin announces the availability of the Botany and Wildlife Observations and Surveys Spatial Data Standard.

The Botany and Wildlife Observations and Surveys dataset represents and includes inventory, current and historic spatial locations, habitat, and population data for BLM Special Status wildlife and botanical species, survey & manage, and other rare species on BLM lands in Oregon and Washington. This dataset documents surveys, inventories of species that were surveyed for, and the associated sites and observations encountered during those surveys. It also includes incidental sites and observations of wildlife and botanical species, and biologically significant features of the environment. The dataset includes rare species that are typically identified to their lowest taxonomic classification, and at least to species. Additionally, the dataset includes a master list of all species within the database as well as the current status of those species according to the most recent Interagency Special Status Species Program list. BLM botanists, wildlife biologists, and other specialists, manage, enter, and query their data for these categories of species when using the Geographic Biotic Observations (GeoBOB) ArcGIS application.

This dataset is used to document BLM Special Status Species observations, discrete locations, and biological "clearance" surveys for use in NEPA analysis, ESA consultation for BLM actions, and for conservation planning strategies for special status and rare species groups.

This data standard documents the data schema and structure already in use in Oregon/Washington BLM corporate data environment.

Any questions about this data standard can be directed to Bruce Hollen, State Data Steward for Threatened and Endangered Species, at 503-808-6604; Tera Hinkley, Regional Wildlife, Botany and Fisheries Data Coordinator and State Data Steward for GeoBOB, at 503-808-6457; Dana Baker-Allum, GIS Technical Lead for GeoBOB, at 503-808-6320; or Eric Hiebenthal, State Data Administrator, at 503-808-6565.

Administrative or Mission Related: Mission Related.

Districts with unions are reminded to notify their unions of this IB and satisfy any bargaining obligations before implementation. Your servicing Human Resources Office or Labor Relations Specialist can provide you with assistance in this matter.

Signed by
Diana Fisher
Acting Chief, Branch of Information Resources Management

Authenticated by
K. Wentworth
Data Records Administrator

1 – Botany and Wildlife Observations and Surveys Data Standard (125 pp)

OC535 (Thomas Chatfield)
OR955 (Eric Hiebenthal)
OC400 (Diane Martin)
HQ800 (Mark Nielsen)


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