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  • The Primary Land and Vegetation Inventory (PLVI) is a photo-based digital inventory developed to identify the type, extent and conditions of vegetation in the forested and parkland areas of the province of Alberta. This includes portions of both the Green and White areas of the province. It will include areas of the province extending north from the extent of the Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI) and will include areas where the detail and expense of Alberta Vegetation Inventory (AVI) are not warranted, or time and resources are limiting constraints. Ecological site phase (ecosite phase) is the main level of classification used in PLVI. A polygon may be attributed with up to 3 ecological site phases, depending on complexity and extent. PLVI captures range site attributes only within the Central Parkland Natural Subregion. The most up to date ecological site phases can be found in the Plant Community Guides. Guides are broken into individual Natural Subregions. See the Cross Reference Section for additional information. This dataset is produced for the Government of Alberta and is available to the general public. Please consult the Distribution Information of this metadata for the appropriate contact to acquire this dataset.

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    The Phase 3 Forest Inventory Program commenced in 1970 and the initial data collection was completed in 1984 as per a 1966 federal-provincial task force recommendation that a provincial forest inventory should be completed before private company timber harvest quotas came up for renewal in 1986. The inventory was initiated by the Alberta Forestry, Lands and Wildlife Department and was intended to facilitate future forest management plans and the revision of annual allowable cuts. The extent of the Phase 3 Forest Inventory reflects the extent of Alberta's Green Area and fringe areas at that time minus three Forest Management Units in the north (A13, F10 and F20), the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (L9), the Federal Indian Reserves and the Wilderness Areas. Under the Phase 3 Forest Inventory Program, the cover types were interpreted from aerial photography (mainly 1:15 000 black and white) to generate a hardcopy map base. These maps are not available as geo-referenced rectified images or GIS-ready data.

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    This series of 1:250 000 scale colour maps covers the provincial extent of Alberta and is comprised of 50 maps that are individually named using the National Topographic System (NTS) map sheet identifier. These maps display: Alberta Township System (ATS), contours (50m intervals), major hydrographic features, municipalities, major roads, railways, and select geo-administrative features (parks, reserves, etc.).

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    This series of cartographic quality printed 1:50 000 scale monochrome maps cover the provincial extent of Alberta comprised of 764 maps that are individually named using the National Topographic System (NTS) map sheet identifier. These maps display the Alberta Township System (ATS), hydrographic features, municipalities, roads, cutlines, facilities, pipelines, powerlines, railways, select geo-administrative features (parks, reserves, etc.). All maps contained within a 1:250 000 block (generally up to 16 map sheets) will be included in the NTS Block download.This series is not updated on a regular basis and may contain a range of publication dates.

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    This series of 1:250 000 scale colour maps covers the provincial extent of Alberta and is comprised of 50 maps that are individually named using the National Topographic System (NTS) map sheet identifier. These maps display: Alberta Township System (ATS), contours (50m intervals), major hydrographic features, municipalities, major roads, railways, and select geo-administrative features (parks, reserves, etc.).

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    The Base Hydrography Point Update layer contains hydrographic point features representing the locations of water or water related features, it is an updated of the Base Features Hydro Points in Southern Alberta from orthophoto and various sources of provincial base data.

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    This series of 1:250 000 scale colour maps covers the provincial extent of Alberta and is comprised of 50 maps that are individually named using the National Topographic System (NTS) map sheet identifier. These maps display: Alberta Township System (ATS), contours (50m intervals), major hydrographic features, municipalities, major roads, railways, and select geo-administrative features (parks, reserves, etc.).

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    The Public Land Recreation Trail dataset is comprised of all the polygons that represent Public Land Recreation Trails in Alberta. A Public Land Recreation Trail is an area of public land designated under the authority of Section 180 of the Public Lands Administration Regulation of the Public Lands Act. Public Land Recreation Trail was formerly known as Forest Recreation Trail under the Forest Recreation Regulation under the Forests Act. No changes to the Forest Recreation Trail data layer were made when it was migrated to become the Public Land Recreation Trail dataset.

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    This cartographic quality series of 1:1 000 000 scale colour maps cover the provincial extent of Alberta. The primary provincial base map displays the Alberta Township System (ATS), major hydrographic features, municipalities, major roads, railways and select geoadministrative features (parks, reserves, etc.). In addition to the primary provincial base map, this series includes various themes that overlay the primary base map. The update of this map series is based on the provincial Base Features Access Update Program that has an approximate 5 year update cycle. Refer to the 'time period of content' in the metadata record for currency of each map product. Each individual map sheet is provided in Adobe .pdf format within a downloadable WinZip file. The source digital vector data used to produce the Provincial Base Map Series is also available under the Open Government Licence - Alberta and is distributed by AltaLIS Ltd. - Small Scale Mapping - 1:1 Million Base.

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    The Phase 1 (Broad Scale) Forest Inventory was initiated in 1949 and completed by 1956. The Phase 1 (Broad Scale) Forest Inventory included all publicly owned forested lands in the province except Indian lands, national parks, and an area known as the Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve. The Phase 1 (Broad Scale) Forest Inventory was used to define lands suitable for agriculture, to determine timber harvest levels and plan forest protection and timber and industrial development. Through aerial photo interpretation, land was classified as productive, potentially productive, or non-productive. On productive forest land, homogeneous groups of trees were classified by "cover types". Cover types included crown density, height and tree species. Burned, harvested or cultivated land was identified as potentially productive. Non-productive lands included areas with organic soils, barren rock and lakes. No ages or site classes are associated with the polygons. The minimum polygon size was 65 ha. These maps are not available as geo-referenced rectified images or GIS-ready data.