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created Apr 26 2018

updated May 9 2018

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The urban Primary Land and Vegetation Inventory (PLVI) is an air photo-based, spatially referenced digital inventory developed to identify the type, extent and conditions of vegetation in urban areas of the Province of Alberta. At time of publication, the uPLVI coverage included the City of Edmonton and a 3.2 km buffer. The uPLVI follows the framework of, and can be integrated with, the Province of Alberta’s Primary Land and Vegetation Inventory (PLVI). In order to capture the unique variation found in large urban settings the Provincial PLVI landcover types were modified. To provide more land-cover information within urban settings seventeen Site Types were added to the Provincial PLVI classification. In addition, Seven PLVI Site Types were deemed inapplicable for urban settings. Ecological conditions in the uPLVI are interpreted specific to the availability of moisture and nutrients to plants (i.e. Moisture Regime & Nutrient Regime), using site factors and vegetation species as indicators. A polygon may be a-spatially attributed with up to 3 ecological conditions, depending on complexity and extent.
See the uPLVI Interpreters Manual for additional information

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Many of Alberta’s large urban areas have secured extensive networks of natural areas that include river valley and ravine systems, upland forests and various wetlands. These natural areas, in combination with semi-natural areas, are the foundation of a municipality’s ecological network – a key municipal asset that conserves both local ecological services and regional biodiversity. In order to effectively manage this asset, appropriate information is required to ensure the maintenance and restoration of ecological functions both now and into the future. In 2013 the City of Edmonton embarked on developing a spatial natural asset inventory to establish a baseline against which urban land cover and land use change can be measured and modeled. The uPLVI objectives are to: 1) Create a land cover inventory that is replicable and utilizes standards and protocols adopted by natural resource practitioners; 2) Map natural and semi-natural areas as well as areas of anthropogenic use within the Edmonton region that can be modified and updated over time; and 3) Provide a framework that, if built upon, could assist in land use planning for the Capital region.
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3TM114-83
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2015
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Not Updated (Historical Only)
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