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DU Habitat Project Deliveries

Abstract:
Ducks Unlimited (DU) habitat project deliveries are regularly queried from CONSERV - DU's Oracle based Habitat Project tracking system. CONSERV is designed for DU conservation staff to assist tracking, reporting, and administration of conservation projects. A DU project is defined as a focused effort that involves the delivery of conservation activities and accompanying expenditures. Deliveries only with habitat types were included in this file. The last update date is August 19, 2008.

Purpose:
The project delivery shapefile is used in DU Habitat ArcIMS web application showing only those points that fall within U.S. boundary of completed deliveries as of August 19, 2008.

Data type: Vector
Data format: Shapefile
Data projection: GCS_WGS_1984
Feature type: Point
Extent: USA
Source date: 2008

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DU International Conservation Planning Regions (ICP)

Abstract:
Ducks Unlimited (DU) re-evaluated its future path to make sure it is in tune with the needs of waterfowl and wetlands conservation. These planning regions represent the most recent self-assessment conducted by staff and volunteers to assure the organization is effectively in pursuit of its mission. DU believes that solutions to fundamental problems must be anchored in the most up-to-date scientific understanding of waterfowl and the habitat resources to which they are intimately tied. A total of 36 Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs) cover the North American continent. These regions were established cooperatively for all of the major bird conservation initiatives through the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI). DU has adapted the BCR as guidelines for establishing their conservation planning regions. DU's planning regions were developed by a thorough review of current knowledge of the biological issues affecting the birds and their habitats.

Purpose:
DU has developed long-term strategic plans for regional conservation that span one or more generations. These conservation plans have been implemented with shorter-term operational plans (five years). The international conservation regions identify and prioritize ecological regions which serve as guidance to regional planning and implementation of habitat protection, enhancement and restoration.

Data type: Vector
Data format: Shapefile
Data projection:GCS_WGS_1984
Feature type: Polygon
Extent: USA
Source date: 2005

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DU Priority Areas

Abstract:
Ducks Unlimited (DU) Board of Directors approved priority areas for conservation easements and land acquisitions. These regions are very important to DU's habitat restoration and enhancement. Priority Areas verified on 8/16/06 and revised and attributed on 10/10/06. Then it was revised in January 2007 again to include American and Sutter River Basin priority area. Then it was revised in June 2008 to change American and Sutter River Basins to Sacramento Valley, delete McPherson and include Jamestown focus area. It was revised in August 2008 to delete North Platte Region, South Platte Region and San Luis Valley Region priority areas, and include Platte River Flood Plain priority area.

Purpose:
Priority areas are designated by DU Board for acquiring conservation easements and land acquisitions without going through three board committees for approval. Only DU's internal board reviews any new easements or acquisitions in priority areas.

Data type: Vector
Data format: Shapefile
Data projection:GCS_WGS_1984
Feature type: Polygon
Extent: USA
Source date: 2008

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DU Flyways

Abstract:
Ducks Unlimited (DU) flyways display county assignments to flyway regions in CONSERV – DU's Oracle-based Habitat Project tracking system. The counties have been merged based on the flyway to create boundary polygons. Most counties are assigned to a flyway based on the state locations. The counties in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico were divided between the Pacific and Central flyway. The continental divide was used initially as the dividing line and additional edits were applied with data from a 1978 US Department of interior document called Average Harvest of Each Duck Species in States and Counties during 1966-1975 Hunting Seasons (Carney, Sorensen, and Martin) from DU's Great Plains Regional Office. Four flyways were created in North America, Atlantic Flyway, Central Flyway, Mississippi Flyway, and Pacific Flyway.

Purpose:
Ducks Unlimited flyways display county assignments to flyway regions in CONSERV – DU's Oracle-based Habitat Project tracking system.

Data type: Vector
Data format: Shapefile
Data projection:GCS_WGS_1984
Feature type: Polygon
Extent: USA
Source date: 2005

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