COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Natural Heritage Data License

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Authorize the County Executive to sign the natural heritage data license on behalf of the County

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Cilimberg, Clark

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

July 6, 2005

 

ACTION:                               INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:     X                      INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY: 


BACKGROUND: 

The Division of Natural Heritage of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (the “DCR”) is responsible for the identification, protection and stewardship of Virginia’s natural heritage resources.  Natural heritage resources are defined as the habitat of rare, threatened or endangered plant and animal species, rare or state significant natural communities or geologic sites, and similar features of scientific interest.  The DCR maintains a comprehensive data system of natural heritage resource information, and it is committed to making this data available to localities and private parties.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 2.2: Protect and/or preserve the County’s natural resources.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

Conservation data in a digital format will be useful when it is incorporated into a geographic information system with other spatial information for display and analysis.  Having data pertaining to the locations of natural heritage resource conservation sites and associated species in a digital format will be useful for comprehensive planning, assist with planning for specific projects, and be valuable as a general screening tool for identifying potential issues for individual projects.  The DCR provides this digital data by subscription only, and requires that the use of the data be governed by the attached license. The license identifies the data to be used and delineates the conditions for use, requires that the County incorporate periodic updates, and proscribes the distribution of the data to third parties.  The DCR does not charge the County for the use of its digital data.

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

Because the DCR does not charge the County for the use of its digital data, this license does not have any budget impacts.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board authorize the County Executive to sign the Department of Conservation and Recreation Natural Heritage Program License on behalf of the County after it is modified to meet all legal requirements deemed necessary by the County Attorney.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

A – Department of Conservation and Recreation Natural Heritage Program License

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