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Data Sensitivity

The word sensitive has two different applications that should not be confused:

  1. Sensitive records refer to observation records that include sensitive data.

    The location of sensitive records is "fuzzed" by expressing the location as the township within which the record was observed. Most text attributes of sensitive records are withheld. Sensitive records fall into three categories:       

    • Private Land – records on private land are sensitive except when the information is available elsewhere in the public sphere (i.e., museum, herbarium, published works, etc.);
    • Data Donor – sensitivity is automatically lifted when the requesting organization holds a data sharing agreement with the data donor;
    • Biological (sensitivity may be lifted with permission from WYNDD biologists) – examples of biologically sensitive observations are those that contain information about the location of hibernacula, maternal dens, or plants that are Threatened and Endangered under the ESA.
      • Permission for precise locations and attributes of biologically sensitive records can be obtained by filling out this form and receiving permission from WYNDD biologists.
  2. Sensitive species is a loose term that refers to species with a conservation rank or status:

Organization Sensitive Not Sensitive
USFWS LE, LEXN, LT, PT, C, WPT, PD DM, NW, UR or null value
USFS USFS-R2, USFS-R4, SOLC null value
BLM Sensitive null value
WGFD SGCN null value
WYNDD SOC, SOPC null value
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