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Broad-scale assessment of biophysical features in Colorado


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Carr, N.B., Burris, L.E., and Manier, D.J., 2018, Broad-scale assessment of biophysical features in Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Information on ecological communities, soil salinity, and land use was synthesized and summarized for all lands in Colorado. This biophysical information was requested by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for use in conducting an environmental assessment prior to the transfer of ownership (conveyance) of federal lands to the State of Colorado. The Enabling Act of 1864 provided for the conveyance of federal lands to the State for the support of schools. If designated lands were unavailable for transfer at the time of statehood in 1875, the Act provided for the transfer of alternative federal lands in compensation, using a process referred to as “school-land indemnity selection.” To initiate indemnity selection, the Colorado State [...]

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Point of Contact :
Natasha B. Carr
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Natasha B. Carr, Lucy E. Burris, Daniel J. Manier
Metadata Contact :
FORT Metadata Specialist
SDC Data Owner :
Fort Collins Science Center
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Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase

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These data were compiled and synthesized to provide biological and physical information about lands in Colorado for use in conducting an environmental analysis of the potential effects of actions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7GT5MGV

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