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- Are often based on desk-top scientific references and need ground-truthing
- Focus on biological and physical factors and do not account for land ownership and political concerns
- Support land-use planning and conservation strategies but do not have legal meaning or in any way represent an attempt to regulate or limit the use of private property
- Do not automatically exclude specific activities, rather it is hypothesized that some activities will cause degradation to the elements or the processes on which they depend, while others will not
- A landscape area that encompasses PCAs that share similar species or natural communities and ecological processes. NCAs include unoccupied or unsurveyed areas that are within the same ecological system that the species or natural communities require. NCAs contain PCAs with an obvious repeating pattern (that is, the same species or natural communities are in each associated PCA).
- A mostly intact, lightly fragmented landscape that supports wide- ranging species and large scale disturbances. NCAs include unoccupied or unsurveyed areas that demonstrate the connectivity of the landscape. NCAs contain PCAs that may occur at a variety of ecological scales.
Report Data Dictionaries
- Element Occurrence Report Dictionary (PDF 41 kb)
- Potential Conservation Areas (PCA) Report Dictionary (PDF 34 kb)
- Network of Conservation Areas (NCA) Report Dictionary (PDF 28 kb)
- Observation Data Report Dictionary (PDF 27 kb)