Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool

Mapping Fish and Wildlife Across the West

New Mexico: Organ Mountains

Download West-wide CHAT Data

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The West-wide CHAT geospatial data is available for download in shapefile format. This download includes full FGDC-compliant metadata describing the currency and compilation methods.

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States Included in the Crucial Habitat Downloadable Layer

The crucial habitat layer available for download does not include all of the state maps that are visible at wafwachat.org. States were given the flexibility to choose whether or not to make their crucial habitat maps available for download. At this time, California and Arizona have elected to make their crucial habitat data downloadable from their own site, but not from wafwachat.org. Oklahoma and Colorado have chosen not to make crucial habitat data downloadable at this time.

For more information on the crucial habitat data in these states, interested parties are encouraged to contact the state CHAT Lead.

Using the Crucial Habitat Layer

On an External GIS Website

To use the crucial habitat layer on another website or GIS viewer, an external website must use proper attribution and disclaimer, and link to the full crucial habitat metadata documentation. Users may not change the map’s core display features, including the color scheme and the number of crucial habitat rankings. Adhering to these guidelines is absolutely required. Any sites not including this information in their use of the crucial habitat layer will be considered out of compliance with the Terms of Use for the download or transmittal of data. The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies requests that users send requests for external GIS sites’ use of the crucial habitat layer to Mike Houts at Mike.houts@wafwa.org. For more information on requirements for using the Crucial Habitat layer, click here.

Publishing Analyses Using CHAT

Users interested in publishing the results of analysis online or in print agree to: (1) credit the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies using the attribution and disclaimer language provided here and (2) not change the map’s core display features, including the color scheme and the number of crucial habitat rankings.