Ontario Land Inventory Database Ontario Land Inventory Database

Data Format(s): Shapefile

Coordinate system: NAD27 (EPSG:4267)

The Ontario Land Inventory (OLI) database provides a digital representation of a series of historical maps created between 1963 and 1977 describing and evaluating Ontario's land resources for its capability for Timber Use, Wildlife Use, Recreation Use and for Shoreland Recreation. Land Classification as used by the Ontario Land Inventory (OLI) is a system of describing the physical features of the land which exert the most significant influence upon the growth of the plant community. The Timber Use Capability ratings of the OLI indicate the potential ability of land to grow tree crops. These ratings are specifically related to the physical features which control the rate of tree growth. Wildlife Use Capability indicates the natural ability of the land to provide the required habitat for a given species. The selection of wildlife species for which an area is rated, is based on the natural range of each species. Recreation Use Capability classifies the land for its inherent ability to attract and sustain recreation use. The physical features of the land determine the intensity of use that can be attracted and sustained. A recreation feature that can attract and sustain use by many people rates higher than a feature that can only attract and sustain a few. The Shoreland Recreation information describes the physical features of the wet beach and backshore of a lake and rates the sites for their capability for bathing and camping activities and lodging and deep water activities. Originally produced as published maps only the Land Classification, Wildlife and Timber information are currently avaliable in a digital format. Support hardcopy published maps, worksheets and source documentation can be assessed through the Archives of Ontario. (excluding Land Classification Series)