Piping Plover and Least Tern Essential Habitat


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Citation:
Citation Information:
Publication Date: 20180330
Title: Piping Plover and Least Tern Essential Habitat
Online Linkage: https://gis.maine.gov:6443/arcgis/rest/services/ifw/Wildlife_Habitat_Data/MapServer/2
Description:
Abstract: Essential Wildlife Habitats are areas currently or historically providing physical or biological features essential to the conservation of an endangered or threatened species in Maine and which may require special management considerations.  As required under the Maine Endangered Species Act, a state agency or municipal government shall not permit, license, fund or carry out projects that will significantly alter an Essential Habitat or violate protection guidelines adopted for the habitat.  Landowners, project planners, municipalities or state agencies considering a project in or near an Essential Habitat should immediately contact an MDIFW Regional Wildlife Biologist for assistance.   Essential Wildlife Habitat pertains only to definitions under Maine's endangered species laws (12 MRSA, Chapter 713, Subchapter V, Sections 7754 and 7755-A) and regulations (MDIFW Rules, Chapter 8.05).  Information about and mapped locations of other endangered and threatened species habitats, "Significant Wildlife Habitat" (38 MRSA, Chapter 3, Subchapter 1, Section 480-B).   Piping plover (PIPL) and least tern (LETE) essential habitat (EH) focuses on coastal wetlands and sand dune systems to maintain nesting, feeding, and brood-rearing habitats essential to conserving these species and to minimize human-related disturbance that can cause nest failure. "Nesting" means the presence of at least one PIPL/LETE nest, egg, or chick. A "Nesting, feeding and brood-rearing area" is a locality encompassing portions of coastal wetlands and coastal sand dune systems (including subtidal, intertidal, beach, and associated salt marshes and wetlands) and is used by at least one pair of nesting PIPL/LETE. Areas identified and mapped as essential habitat must have a record of nesting by at least one pair of piping plovers or least terns during the most recent 10 years and the lack of occupancy is not related to predation or competition from other species, or to any human-related activity. The area must be considered essential to the achievement of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) management goals and objectives for piping plovers or least terns. This dataset contains locations for 15 PIPL/LETE nesting, feeding, and brood-rearing areas identified and mapped as essential habitat by the MDIFW.   In support of Maine's Endangered Species Act (MESA), this dataset was developed to designate essential habitat for piping plovers and least terns. This designation provides special protection essential to the conservation of these species by maintaining nesting, feeding, and brood-rearing habitats and minimizing human-related disturbance that can cause nesting failure. Protection is focused on the coastal wetlands and coastal sand dune systems used by nesting piping plovers or least terns.
Purpose: EHPLVTRN contains Piping Plover and Least Tern nesting, feeding, and brood-rearing areas identified and mapped as Essential Habitat by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW).
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Beginning Date: 20180330
Ending Date: 20180330
Currentness Reference: publication date
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance and Update Frequency: As needed
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Bounding Coordinates:
West Bounding Coordinate: -70.61
East Bounding Coordinate: -69.71
North Bounding Coordinate: 43.8
South Bounding Coordinate: 43.24
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Theme Keyword Thesaurus: None
Theme Keyword: Maine
Theme Keyword: MaineIFW
Theme Keyword: MDIFW
Theme Keyword: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Theme Keyword: biota
Theme Keyword: environment
Theme Keyword: Piping Plover
Theme Keyword: Least Tern
Theme Keyword: Essential Habitat
Theme Keyword: geolibrary
Access Constraints: None
Use Constraints: These data represent various fish and wildlife habitats used for permit review by authorized state agencies. These data are not comprehensive across the entire landscape and are derived from a variety of sources; refer to individual dataset metadata for more information. Note: these data do not include rare species observations; please consult with MDIFW staff regarding rare species information.   These data are provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife solely for individual use or the use of a company or agency for the purpose stated. Boundaries may change as additional survey data become available. The designation of essential habitats is an ongoing process, where sites may be added, deleted and/or revised following public rulemaking. As a result, information and maps will be periodically updated. To be certain the most current essential habitat maps and documents are consulted, users are advised to carefully monitor update notices and version dates. Landowners, project planners, municipalities or state agencies considering a project in or near an Essential Habitat should immediately contact an MDIFW Regional Wildlife Biologist for assistance.
Data Set Credit: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Metadata Reference Information:
Metadata Date: 20180330
Metadata Contact:
Contact Information:
Contact Organization Primary:
Contact Organization: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Contact Person: Jason Czapiga
Contact Position: GIS Coordinator
Contact Address:
Address Type: mailing and physical
Address: 650 State Street
City: Bangor
State or Province: Maine
Postal Code: 04401
Country: US
Contact Voice Telephone: 207-561-5620
Contact Electronic Mail Address: jason.czapiga@maine.gov
Hours: M-F 8-5
Metadata Standard Name: FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata Standard Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata Time Convention: local time