Environment

environment

The Environment Layer under Map Display allows users to display environmental information on AbaData 2.0.

 

Environment > Wildlife Sensitivity


The first tab under Environment is Wildlife Areas.  These areas are ones that have been identified by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development to protect species which are at risk.  Different restrictions may apply on lands associated with different species based on the type of development, level of activity and proximity.

Wildlife Sensitivity

Wildlife Sensitivity

For a quick way to determine if any of the Wildlife Sensitivity maps apply to an area, the Select All button will activate all boundaries and be viewable on the map immediately.

For further information, please refer to the following website: http://esrd.alberta.ca/forms-maps-services/maps/wildlife-sensitivity-maps/default.aspx

An example of a Trumpeter Swan waterbody is shown in the following image.

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan

 

Environment > Other


The Other tab under the Environment layer features several other surface and environmental datasets.

 

Other Environment Layers

Other Environment Layers

Environment > Other > AGRASID Soil Datas


AGRASID soil polygons

AGRASID soil polygons

The AGRASID information screen features three tabs.  The first shows basic information on the soil polygon, as shown in the previous image.  The second tab features more extensive soil data and soil layers, so the soil characteristics can be viewed by horizon.  The following two images provide an example of the soil data available.

Soil 1

Soil 1

The AGRASID information screen features three tabs.  The first shows basic information on the soil polygon, as shown in the previous image.  The second tab features more extensive soil data and soil layers, so the soil characteristics can be viewed by horizon.  The following two images provide an example of the soil data available.

soil 2

Soil 2

soil 3

Soil 3

Environment > Other > Forest Fires


The Forest Fires layer will display active forest fire information and will be updated with the size and status of active fires.

Forest Fires

Forest Fires

Environment > Other > Historical Resource Values


Historical Resource Values

Historical Resource Values

Historical Resource Values show lands (identified in orange in the previous image) which have been identified by Alberta Culture as having historical, cultural, archeological, paleontological, cultural or geological significance. The listing of Historic Sites gets updated twice per year.

Environment > Other > Natural Sub-Regions


The Natural Sub-Regions layer displays the boundaries and identifies the largest mapped ecological units in Alberta’s classification system defined by landscape patterns, vegetation, soils and physiographic features.

Natural Sub-Regions

Natural Sub-Regions

Environment > Other > Seed Zones


Seed Zones in Alberta identify the specific seed zones and boundaries.  These zones help those doing seeding and reclamation work to use plant species native to the correct seed zones.

Seed Zones

Seed Zones

Environment > Other > Water Course Code of Practice


When constructing pipelines or telecommunications lines that cross a waterbody or watercourse, it is important to know if there are any environmental restrictions in place.  The Water Course Code of Practice layer displays information on restricted dates for affected waterways and waterbodies.

Watercourse Code of Practice

Watercourse Code of Practice

For more information on this layer, please see the following webpage:

http://esrd.alberta.ca/water/legislation-guidelines/water-codes-of-practice.aspx

Environment > Other > Weather Stations


Weather Station

Weather Station

Weather stations include all Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia Environment Canada weather stations which are updated throughout the day. They show up on the map as in the previous image. Hovering on the station provides the most recently reported temperature, and allows for a double-click which displays more detailed information. The following image features the detailed weather station report available on AbaData 2.0.

Weather Report

Weather Report

Environment > Other > Major River Basins

Major River Basins

Major River Basins

The Major River Basins layer shows the boundaries between the seven major river basins in Alberta.