About Requesting CNHP Data
CNHP’s Biodiversity Tracking and Conservation System (BIOTICS) for natural heritage elements (occurrences of significant natural communities and rare, threatened or endangered plants and animals) has become the standard reference for consultants, scientists and planners who require accurate science-based data on the location and condition of species and natural communities in Colorado. CNHP maintains this database as an independent non-profit and thus must rely on contract work to make this invaluable resource available.
Mapped Locations (ML): Discrete locations (points, polygons or polylines) provided in spatial data requests. CNHP data request fees for spatial data are based on the total number of MLs provided to the client.
Element Occurrence (EO): An Element Occurrence represents a location in which an element is, or was, present. An EO has continued (or historic) presence and/or regular recurrence at a given location and has practical conservation value.
Potential Conservation Area (PCA): A PCA represents CNHP’s best estimate of the primary area supporting the long-term survival of targeted elements.
Network of Potential Conservation Areas (NCA): A landscape area that encompasses Potential Conservation Areas which share similar species or natural communities as well as ecological processes, or a mostly intact (maintained as natural vegetation), lightly fragmented landscape that supports wide-ranging species and large scale disturbances.
Tier 1 – includes spatial data –requires Data License Agreement
Tier 1 data requests include spatial data and require signature of a Data License Agreement. Requests may be received by species or by geographic area. Spatial data and associated tabular reports for these requests are provided for a base fee ($350) PLUS fees per mapped location (based on tiered fee schedule) within the client’s geographic area of interest. A minimum 2-mile buffer will be applied to linear requests. A $55 rush fee will be applied to rush orders. A 15% discount will be applied to data requests submitted by independent non-profit organizations and students.
|Requests by Species or by Geographic Area
Plus Fees per Mapped Location (ML)
+ Tiered $/ML
|Description||# Mapped Location(ML)||$/ML|
Example calculation for 685 mapped locations:
$350.00 + (100 * $6.00) + (400 * $5.00) + (185 * $4.00) = $3,340
Tier 2 – no spatial data – no Data License Agreement necessary
Tier 2 data requests do not include spatial data and, therefore, a Data License Agreement is not required. Requests may be received by species or by geographic area. The tabular reports for requests in this category are provided for a base fee ($250) PLUS either $100 /species or $5/ square mile within the client’s geographic area of interest (1-mile minimum charge). A minimum 2-mile buffer will be applied to linear requests. A $55 rush fee will be applied to rush orders. A 15% discount will be applied to data requests submitted by independent non-profit organizations and students.
|Requests by Species
Plus # Species
|Requests by Geographic Area
Plus # of Square Miles
+ $5/sq. mile
Tier 3 – CNHP Website (CNHP Download Page)
Tier 3 data requests usually do not require input from the Environmental Review Coordinator. The following items may be downloaded from the CNHP website. Please note the spatial data are for non-commercial use only. Commercial users may contact CNHP’s environmental review coordinator to schedule an environmental review using more precise data.
|Elements by Quad||Shapefiles (SHP) or Geodatabase||Free|
|Non-sensitive Potential Conservation Areas (PCA)||Shapefiles (SHP) or Geodatabase||Free|
|Network of Conservation Areas (NCA)||Shapefiles (SHP) or Geodatabase||Free|
|CNHP Element Tracking Lists||MS Excel (XLSX & TXT)||Free|
|CNHP Field Forms||MS Word (DOC) and Adobe Acrobat (PDF)||Free|
|CNHP Technical Reports and Publications||Adobe Acrobat (PDF)||Free|
Other Environmental Review Services
Large-format maps can be made for any data products you order (rates will be contingent on the size of the map and the level of cartographic detail that you require). Rates for other types of environmental review services are negotiable on a project-by-project basis.