About Us: PEP/HDMS
Products and Services: The PEP provides technical and
environmental policy guidance and oversight through coordinated reviews of
internal and external projects, management plans and related policies affecting
fish and wildlife resources.
- Develop and coordinate recommendations for mitigating losses or for enhancement of fish and wildlife populations and habitats.
What is the Arizona Heritage Data Management System (HDMS)?
Setting Priorities: The HDMS identifies elements of concern in Arizona and consolidates information about their distribution and status throughout the state. An element of concern can be, but is not limited to, an animal or plant with special status at the federal, tribal, or state level, or a specific habitat necessary for its survival.
Data Sources: Information included in the HDMS comes from published and unpublished reports, data collected by cooperating agencies, museum and herbarium collections, the scientific and academic communities, and many other sources. All records are carefully documented.
Data Storage: The HDMS is an integrated data management system of maps, computer files, and paper files. Data concerning the location of species of concern and habitats are mapped; data concerning the ecological status of species are cataloged; and data concerning the biology of species are consolidated into a well-organized system whereby a myriad of information can be easily retrieved. Information is continuously being added and updated, creating a dynamic system.
Data Use: Output generated from the HDMS is used to promote sound environmental planning and conservation measures concerning the plants, animals, and communities that compose our natural heritage. The system is designed to be used by decision-makers with diverse needs and missions. It provides documented information needed to help make sound evaluations related to planning and reviewing land development projects, as well as research needs within the state of Arizona.
Data Users: Users of HDMS information include cooperating agencies, naturalists, educators, researchers, resource managers, consultants, planners, policy makers, developers, environmentalists, and the general public.
Products and Services
Environmental Review: The Project Evaluation Program section of the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Habitat Branch accesses and uses HDMS information to include in assessments of proposed land and water development projects statewide.
Database Reports: Reports are generated from HDMS information to target the needs of general and specific requests, including species lists for a geographic or managed area, information for a specific species, or data for a specific project.
Status Designations: A comprehensive listing of species included in the HDMS, along with the priority rankings and legal status, if any, for each species.
Distribution Maps: Visual representations of the distribution of species of concern or sites within a selected geographic area. Data can be assembled by species, taxonomic grouping, specific areas, or any number of other criteria and are useful in environmental reviews and other planning processes.