Puerto Rico Protected Natural Areas

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Protected Areas Conservation Action Team, Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Publication_Date: 20161229
Title: Puerto Rico Protected Natural Areas
Edition: December 2016
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: dataset
Other_Citation_Details:
Suggested citation: Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative. 2016. Puerto Rico Protected Areas Database [version of December, 2016]. GIS data. San Juan, PR.
Description:
Abstract:
This GIS file provides the latest compilation (as of the 23 of December of 2016) of the natural protected areas of Puerto Rico. Natural protected areas are geographic spaces clearly defined and delimited through legal or other effective means for the long-term conservation of their natural resources, biodiversity, ecosystem services and associated cultural values. This dataset includes all protected areas owned and managed or co-managed for the conservation of nature and natural resources by the following agencies and organizations: Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), Para la Naturaleza, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Fundación Casa Pueblo, Tropic Ventures Education and Research Foundation, Ciudadanos del Karso, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico National Parks Program, Luis Muñoz Marin Foundation, and Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.

This version also includes the Karst Conservation Zone, an area of high ecological value with a strong legal foundation to protect the natural resources inside public and private lands within this zone. The protection and conservation of the Puerto Rico’s karstic area is mandated by Act 292 of August 21 of 1999, which commissions the identification of lands that should be restricted from commercial mining activities and other intensive uses. The restricted area was identified in DNER 2008 Karst Study and is also a DNER Priority Conservation Area, which prioritizes the acquisition of high ecological value land through mitigations, donations and land transfers from other government agencies. The Karst Conservation Zone included in this file is within the restricted area and represent lands zoned for conservation purposes within the Plan and Rules for the Karst Special Planning Area (PRAPEC) from 2013. Established land use rules explicitly prohibit mining and landfills within public and private lands, promote terrace cultivation and other sustainable agricultural practices as well as reforestation projects in order to protect and conserve the natural resources, water quality, and the delivery of ecosystem services within the karst restricted zone.

The 2016 Protected Areas of Puerto Rico inventory includes the follwoing updates:
New from Para La Naturaleza:
  1. Área Natural Protegida Rio Bairoa
  2. Área Natural Protegida La Pitahaya
  3. Área Natural Protegida Los Llanos
  4. Área Natural Protegida Cerro La Tuna
  5. Área Natural Protegida Rio Toa Vaca
  6. Área Natural Protegida Hacienda Lago
  7. Área Natural Protegida Freddie Ramírez
  8. Área Natural Protegida Hacienda Pellejas
New from the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources:
  9. Reserva Natural Playa Grande El Paraíso
  10. Ext. Marina R.N. Playa Larga El Paraíso

Updated boundaries
Para La Naturaleza:
  1. Área Natural Protegida Medio Mundo y Daguao
  2. Área Natural Protegida Hacienda Buena Vista—absorbs Marueño
  3. Área Natural Protegida Río Encantado
  4. Área Natural Protegida Cañón San Cristóbal
Department of Natural and Environmental Resources:
  5. Reserva Natural Planadas Yeyesa
  6. Finca Nolla

Overlap conflicts were identfied by the PACAT and reported to the agencies for revision. They are identified as overlap areas in this dataset and are not double counted. These are:
  1. Área Natural Protegida Hacienda Pellejas small overlap with Bosque del Pueblo de Adjuntas
  2. Planadas Yeyesa small overlap with Piedras del Collado

Changes in the name or other attributes of existing protected areas:
  1. Servidumbre de Conservación Reserva Natural Punta Ballenas—Is part of multiple designations. Local designation changes to reflect this: Bosque Estatal / Reserva Natural / Servidumbre de Conservación (state forest, natural reserve, easement)
  2. Refugio de Vida Silvestre (RVS) Iris Alameda de Boquerón - B.E. de Boquerón—Is a natural reserve and part of the Boqueron State Forest
  3. Reserva Natural Cayo Ratones - B. E. de Boquerón—Is a natural reserve and part of the Boqueron State Forest
  4. Área Natural Protegida Marueño—boundary change plus changes name to be part of Hacienda Buena Vista
  5. Área Natural Protegida Pedro Marrero name change to Área Natural Protegida Río Sana Muerto
  6. Servidumbre de Conservación Don Ingenio name change to Área Natural Protegida Río Toro Negro
  7. Guayama Experimental Forest name change to Guayama Research Area
  8. Manati Experimental Forest name change to Manati Research Area
  9. Área Natural Protegida Finca Jájome name change to Área Natural Protegida Jájome
  10. Área Natural Protegida Sendra name change to Área Natural Protegida Hermanas Sendra
  11. Finca Los Frailes name change to Área Natural Protegida Los Frailes
  12. Finca Shapiro name change to Área Natural Protegida Shapiro
  13. Área Natural Protegida Río Toa Vaca name change to Área Natural Protegida Toa Vaca

This version also includes fixes to small overlaps (slivers) between Seven Seas, Northeast Ecological Corridor, marine extent of the Northeast Ecological Corridor, and Cabezas de San Juan marine extent.

The attribute table provides the following information about each protected area: name of the protected areas, management agency(s) or entity, land ownership, year established or acquired, local designation(s), whether the protected area is terrestrial or marine, GIS calculated area in hectares and acres, source of the data, and additional notes.

The polygons in this file may not represent legal boundaries or may not be up to date. Protected areas are very dynamic, with new areas in the process of designation and/or delimitation. This file will be regularly updated as new protected areas emerge and old boundaries are updated. The boundaries represent the most recent information available as of December of 2016. This version of the protected areas shapefile was last updated on the 23 of December of 2016. This file is the product of a collaborative effort through the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC) Protected Areas Conservation Action Team (PA-CAT), which aims to compile, analyze and improve protected areas data for Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, identifying actions to improve the protected areas network and data sharing protocols of both countries. For more information please visit: <http://caribbeanlcc.org/pacat>

Suggested citation: Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative. 2016. Puerto Rico Protected Areas Database [version of December, 2016]. GIS data. San Juan, PR.

Purpose:
Terrestrial and marine protected natural areas of Puerto Rico compiled by the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC) Protected Areas Conservation Action Team (PA CAT) as of December 2016. For more information please visit: <http://caribbeanlcc.org/pacat>.
Suggested citation: Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative. 2016. Puerto Rico Protected Areas Database [version of December, 2016]. GIS data. San Juan, PR.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 19030101
Ending_Date: 20161223
Currentness_Reference:
This GIS file provides the latest compilation (as of the 23 of December of 2016) of the natural protected areas of Puerto Rico.
Status:
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: Annually
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -68.116266
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -65.218649
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.645883
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 17.775740
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Categories
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme_Keyword: planningCadastre
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: Conservation
Theme_Keyword: Protected Areas
Theme_Keyword: Puerto Rico
Theme_Keyword: 2016
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
The polygons in this file may not represent legal boundaries or may not be up to date. Protected areas are very dynamic and new areas are continually in the process of consideration, designation or delimitation. The boundaries represent the most recent information available as of December of 2016. Data set is not for use in litigation. While efforts have been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the state of the art, the agencies and entities involved, the CLCC, or the members of the PA-CAT, cannot assume liability for any damages, or misrepresentations, caused by any inaccuracies in the data, or as a result of the data to be used on a particular system. The team makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Contact_Person: Protected Areas Conservation Action Team
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: Jardin Botanico Sur, 1201 Calle Ceiba
City: San Juan
State_or_Province: Puerto Rico
Postal_Code: 00926
Country: PR
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 787-766-5335
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 787-766-6302
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: kaseyrjacobs@caribbeanlcc.org
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: mquinones@fs.fed.us
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: soledad@paralanaturaleza.org
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: cortiz@drna.gobierno.pr
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: chechiasp@gmail.com
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: marcela.canon@bahiabeachpuertorico.com
Data_Set_Credit:
This file is the product of a collaborative effort through the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC), Protected Areas Conservation Action Team (PA CAT) For more information please visit: <http://caribbeanlcc.org/pacat>
Suggested citation: Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative. 2016. Puerto Rico Protected Areas Database [version of December, 2016]. GIS data. San Juan, PR.
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows 7 Version 6.1 (Build 7601) Service Pack 1; Esri ArcGIS 10.2.2.3574

Data_Quality_Information:
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
The members of the PA CAT team provided the latest protected areas data from their agencies in shapefile format. Protected areas from other agencies not represented within the PA CAT were procured directly from the managing entities or from older protected areas files. The shapefiles were compared within ArcMap to find duplicated areas and discrepancies. Overlaps and possible errors were analyzed and discussed within the team and consulted with other agency employees to determine how to proceed. We then edited the individual shapefiles to correct any errors found and simplify the attribute table. Using the Union tool in ArcGIS 3.2, we created a new shapefile with all the protected areas of Puerto Rico. The shapefile was then dissolved and the attribute table was edited to include GIS calculated areas.

We found discrepancies between some adjacent protected areas that overlapped in places. In these situations we consulted the agencies that managed the protected areas. To eliminate overlaps we used the boundary of the protected area with either the most recent boundary or an official survey. In this version there are three cases of protected areas that overlap adn are in revision by the agencies: small overlap area between Finca Maria Luisa from Para la Naturaleza and Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, small overlap between Área Natural Protegida Hacienda Pellejas and Bosque del Pueblo de Adjuntas, and small overlap between Planadas Yeyesa and Piedras del Collado.

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: GT-polygon composed of chains
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 198

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Planar:
Map_Projection:
Map_Projection_Name: NAD 1983 StatePlane Puerto Rico Virgin Islands FIPS 5200
Lambert_Conformal_Conic:
Standard_Parallel: 18.03333333333334
Standard_Parallel: 18.43333333333333
Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -66.43333333333334
Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 17.83333333333333
False_Easting: 200000.0
False_Northing: 200000.0
Planar_Coordinate_Information:
Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: coordinate pair
Coordinate_Representation:
Abscissa_Resolution: 0.000000008486966684984055
Ordinate_Resolution: 0.000000008486966684984055
Planar_Distance_Units: meter
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: D North American 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: GRS 1980
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.0
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222101

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: Areas_Protegidas_PR_Diciembre2016_CLCC_PACAT
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: FID
Attribute_Definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source: Esri
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape
Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source: Esri
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: NAME
Attribute_Definition: The name of the protected area
Attribute_Definition_Source: CLCC PA CAT
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: MGMT
Attribute_Definition: Name of the agency or entity that manages de protected area.
Attribute_Definition_Source: CLCC PA CAT
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: OWNERSHIP
Attribute_Definition:
Name of the agency or entity that owns the land. Some areas are owned by multiple agencies, entitites, private landowners or a combination thereof.
Attribute_Definition_Source: CLCC PA CAT
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: YEAR_ESTAB
Attribute_Definition:
Year the protected area was established or acquired. In the case of Cavernas de Camuy this date represents when the park was first opened to the public. Many protected areas designation laws have been ammended to include new land or marine extensions.
Attribute_Definition_Source: CLCC PA CAT
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: LOC_DESIG
Attribute_Definition:
Name of the local designation. The local designation is assigned by the maneging agency and may not represent a cohesive system with consistent uses or regulations for similarly named designations.
Attribute_Definition_Source: CLCC PA CAT
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: TERR_MAR
Attribute_Definition:
This field informs wether the protected area is terrestrial or marine.
Attribute_Definition_Source: CLCC PA CAT
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: HECTARES
Attribute_Definition:
Area in hectares calculated using ArcGIS 3.2. Buffer zones show an area of 0 since they are not considered protected areas and therefore are not counted toward the total protected areas land for the country.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ArcGIS 3.2
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: ACRES
Attribute_Definition:
Area in Acres calculated in ArcGIS 3.2. Buffer zones show an area of 0 since they are not considered protected areas and therefore are not counted toward the total protected areas land for the country.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ArcGIS 3.2
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: GIS_SOURCE
Attribute_Definition: Original source of the GIS data for that protected area.
Attribute_Definition_Source: CLCC PA CAT
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: NOTES
Attribute_Definition: Additional notes where needed.
Attribute_Definition_Source: CLCC PA CAT

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20161223
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Contact_Person: Protected Areas Conservation Action Team
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: Jardin Botanico Sur, 1201 Calle Ceiba
City: San Juan
State_or_Province: Puerto Rico
Postal_Code: 00926
Country: PR
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 787-766-5335
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 787-766-6302
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: kaseyrjacobs@caribbeanlcc.org
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: mquinones@fs.fed.us
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: soledad@paralanaturaleza.org
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: cortiz@drna.gobierno.pr
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: chechiasp@gmail.com
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: marcela.canon@bahiabeachpuertorico.com
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time

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