Landscape Analysis Tool

NOTE: The Emergency Order for the Protection of the Greater Sage-grouse under the federal Species at Risk Act comes into force on February 18, 2014.

For more information on the Order, please contact:

  • Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada
    Email: Enviroinfo@ec.gc.ca
    Tel: 1 800 668-6767

The Emergency Order can be viewed at:

Due to the implementation of the Order, the Landscape Analysis Tool (LAT) will be updated to include a new Greater Sage-Grouse Emergency Order layer allowing the client to identify when any proposed activity falls within that area covered under the Order. By making the applicant aware of activities falling within this zone, they will be able to review the requirements of the Order and ensure any application submitted to the regulating bodies does not contravene the prohibitions set out in the Order.

Based on the update to the LAT, any EAP application with LAT Reports generated on or before March 14, 2014, that have not already been successfully submitted as part of a successful EAP disposition application will be automatically rejected by EDS on March 15, 2014.

The LAT is being modified to reflect an addition of a Sage Grouse Emergency Order Layer. Note that although the LAT Reports with the new federal layer will take effect as of March 15, 2014, there is an expectation that companies must not contravene the prohibitions set out in the Emergency Order as of February 18th, as indicated in the Order.

About the Landscape Analysis Tool (LAT)

The Landscape Analysis Tool (LAT) is a web-enabled spatial tool that allows users to plan activities on public land. The LAT enables:

  • Virtual siting of a proposed project activities
  • Identification of operational constraints that may apply to the activity
  • Virtual re-siting or changes to that proposed activity, at a landscape level, to mitigate concerns prior to application.

For further information see the Landscape Analysis Tool User Guide at:

LAT Features

The Landscape Analysis Tool:

  • Provides a consistent platform for spatial information for industry and the regulatory body around disposition planning and application
  • Identifies areas requiring higher levels of risk mitigation planning
  • Links to approval standards and operating conditions directly related to a planned activity and location. The LAT attaches the appropriate approval standards and operating conditions from the Integrated Standards and Guidelines documents to a LAT report based on the proposed activity and location, and sensitivity layers intersected.
  • Can be used to assist in the planning of other proposed activities or Temporary Field Authorizations to manage around identified sensitive resource values.
  • Uses approximately 80 data layers, divided into two categories of features:
    • Base Features - Data layers that provide the user with information and guidance in the placement of their activity (i.e. municipal boundaries, topography, soils information).
    • Sensitive Features - Data layers that where intersected by the activity have specific and direct standards or conditions that may affect or guide the presence, construction or management of an activity (i.e. wildlife and vegetation).

LAT Report

The Landscape Analysis Tool (LAT) will generate a LAT Report, which is a system generated PDF document that provides information specific to the proposed site and activity.

The LAT Report provides provincial and sensitivity section approval standards and operating conditions that are specific to a proposed activity. The approval standards and operating conditions identified in the LAT Report form a part of the disposition document.

Provincial and sensitivity section Approval Standards identified on a valid LAT report can be used to make the standard/non-standard decision.

The LAT Report allows the user to:

  • Make informed decisions
  • Make adjustments to the project if desired
  • Apply appropriate standards, conditions or risk mitigation

The LAT Report is required as part of an EAP application submission. See:

Contacts

For more information about the Landscape Analysis Tool, contact:

 

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Updated: Nov 9, 2016