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PADMS is an application used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Pinedale Anticline Project Office (PAPO), and energy companies to track and document disturbance and reclamation activities associated with natural gas operations on the Pinedale Anticline in NW Wyoming. Operators can view all data in the application but can only edit their own data. Agency managers have the ability to look at and edit all data. The application allows querying of the data entered to provide useful information to all users.

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When a PAPO user logs in to PADMS, the first page displayed is the PADMS Entry Page. This is the page users will employ to navigate to the individual operator pages and reporting component.

The following figure is the PADMS Entry Page. The following sections describe each of the primary four components.

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The reports component is comprised of "canned" and "ad-hoc" reports. Canned Reports is a report that has the criteria pre-selected so that when the link is selected, the report runs automatically with minimal additional information required.

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  • Presence of Noxious Weeds displays the type of noxious weeds present per location: select Presence of Noxious Weeks link from the Frequently Used Reports section to retrieve this report
  • Presence of Undesirable Species displays the types of undesirable species present per location: select Presence of Undesirable Species link from the Frequently Used Reports section to retrieve this report
  • Seeding Method Used dispays displays the type of seeding method used per location: select the Seending Seeding Method Used link from the Frequently Used Reports section, and
    • refine the report as necessary by specifying an operator, location type, and/or seeding method
    • select the display format
    • use Sort By and Ordered fields to sort the report
    • select the Run Report button to produce the report
    • Select the Reset Form button to display the Ad-Hoc Report selection page with more selection criteria
  • Archived Locations displalys displays all the the locations that have been archived: select the Archived Locations link from the Frequently Used Reports section to retrieve this report
  • All Data Report displays all the the operators and the data they've entered: select the All Data link from the Frequently Used Reports  section to retrieve this report

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  • Select the Ad-Hoc link from the Frequently Used Reports section
  • Refine the report results by selecting specific criteria
    • Report Title to name the report
    • Scope includes a specific operator and/or location type
    • Spatial Reports refines locations with specific spatial data, e.g. Search for locations only having disturbances with no reclamation
    • Status Reports refines locations with specific status report data, e.g. locations with a specific status or has no qualitative data
    • Output Modes default is On-screen list, but may be sorted using the Sort By and Ordered fields
    • Noxious or Undesirable Weed Species will display locations that have the specified weed(s) present
    • Seeding Method specifies a particular seeding method
    • Pre-ROD specifies locations that were established before the ROD was created
    • Federal Surface Site shows either federal surfance surface sites or non-federal surface sites
  • Select Run Report to produce the report
  • Select Reset Form to display the Ad-Hoc Reports selection page again

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  • Home directs the user back to the PADMS Entry Page
  • Reporting directs the user to the Ad-Hoc selection page
  • Species List displays a complete list of the species entered into the application
  • Ecological Site Description displays a complete list of ecological site descriptions Ecological Site Descriptions (ESD) entered into the application
  • Modify Search displays a map containing all the locations in the report's results list
    • NOTE: this option only appears when not looking at the results on a map
  • Regular Report displays the report's results in a table format
    • NOTE: this option only appears when not looking at the results in the table format
  • Export As allows the report to be exported in the following formats
    • PDF outputs the displayed report in this format
    • XLS outputs the displayed report in this format
    • SHP zips the spatial data for all locations listed in the report's results list
    • CSV outputs the dislayed displayed report in a comma-separate file

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Downloads

Downloads found on the PADMS Entry Page contain every operator in the PADMS application and the data they’ve entered.

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The Printable Map button captures the map with the selected criteria displayed and allows the user to print the map. On the print page, the map is displayed along with a map legend below it which indicates what criteria is displayed. The user can zoom in and out on the map before printing.

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Map Controls

  • Zoom in/out by using the vertical gray sliding bar in the upper left corner of the map
  • Change the background by selecting Map, Aerial, or Terrain from the upper right corner of the map
  • Pan the area by clicking the left mouse button and dragging
  • For additional information about a spatial feature, select a specific disturbance or reclamation area, or reference point by zooming in then clicking on the polygon. This will cause a pop-up box to appear with more information regarding the specific spatial feature.

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Operator Summary Page

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

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The Operator Map functions the same as the map found on the PADMS Entry Page. However, the spatial data displayed on the Operator Map is specific to the operator, and the layers can be turned on or off by selecting the check box in the Map Controls box.

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The Operator Summary Downloads section is similar to Downloads on the PADMS Entry Page. However, the Operator Summary Downloads section only contains information pertaining to the specific operator selected.

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Editing a Location

The Locatin Location Edit Tools are found at the end of each row. The edit tools do not appear if you are not the operator for these locations.

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Operator Main Menu

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

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Location Entry Page

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Then Select the name of a location in the Location Summary Table.

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The BLM Comments section displays comments that only BLM managers may enter per location. These comments are used to provide more detailed information on the location. 

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Adding and Editing a Location

From the PADMS Entry Page select an operator from the Operators list, which will navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

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  • Enter the name of the location and select the location type from the drop down menu
    • NOTE: if Mat Pad is checked, seeding date fields are not required in the qualitative reports. If Pre-Rod Pad and Federal Surface Site are both cheked checked as Yes then the disturbance and reclamation acreage are not counted in the operator summaries.
  • Select Create to save the location, or select Cancel to terminate the "add new location" process
    • NOTE: A location entered as a Reference Point will populate the Linked Reference Point field for the Frequency and Line-point Intercept data entry page

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  • From the Operator Summary Page select Upload Spatial Reports. This link is used to batch upload spatial data, and detailed instructions for uploading a batch is in the Batch Uploads section.
  • Select a file to upload, and the system will "read" the data. If there are locations that do NOT exist in the application but are found in the uploaded file, the user will be able to create locations.

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Editing a location is done from the Operator Summary Page. From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

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  • Qualitative Status Reports are NOT uploaded or used for Reference Points
  • Because Reference Location is a required field in the Frequency and Line-point Intercept status reports, a Reference Point must exist in the application before it can be entered into these data forms. If the Reference Point does not exist in the application, an error will be displayed to the user indicating the Reference Point doesn’t exist.
  • When using the batch upload feature to upload Frequency and Line-point Intercept data for a Reference Point, the user must enter the name of the Reference Point in both the Site Name and the Reference Location fields.
  • Reference Points have no spatial data associated with them. The user only needs to enter the latitude and longitude coordinates for the point.
  • Reference Points appear as orange circles on the map
  • Reference Points have an Ecological Site Description (ESD) associated with them. The ESD determines how many sample points must be taken in the Frequency data form for forbs and shrubs.

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There are two places from which Spatial Reports can be accessed.

  • From the PADMS Entry Page the user selects an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the Date in any of the Status Reports fields for the particular location.
  • From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator  to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the name of the location to navigate to the Location Entry Page. Select Status Reports from the Navigation box on the left side of the screen.

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Uploading an Individual Spatial Report

From the PADMS Entry Page, select and operator to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the Name of a location in the Location Summary Table.

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  • If spatial data hasn’t been entered for the location, the user can select the Add a Spatial Report link found in the right corner of the Location Entry Page.
  • Browse and select the zip file for upload
    • NOTE: once Sumbit Submit is selected it may takea  take a few moments for hte the application to upload the data and verify that it contains no errors
  • If there are multiple SHP files included in the zip file the user will need to select which SHP needs to be uploaded into the system
  • Once the file has been read into the application, the user must then enter a Collection Date and select whether a polygon represents a disturbance or reclamation. . If the new reclamation polygon is known to be smaller than the previous reclamation polygon, select Yes to the corresponding question to allow the polygon to be uploaded without issue.
  • Select Save, or select cancel to stop the process, or go back to the list of SHP files to pick a different one

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Editing and Deleting an Individual Spatial Report

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. The user can navigate to an individual spatial report for a specific location by one of two links.

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Uploading, Editing, and Deleting Individual Photographs

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the name of the location to navigate to the Location Entry Page

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Uploading

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Photographs

From the Location Entry Page, the user can use three different links to upload individual photo collection.

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Editing and Deleting Uploaded Photographs

Start from the PADMS Entry Page and select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the name of the location to navigate to the Location Entry Page.

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Uploading, Editing, and Deleting Individual Status Reports

From the PADMS Entry Page select an operator from the Operators list, which will navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the name of the location to navigate to the Location Entry Page. Select the Status Report link found in the Navigation box on the left side of the screen.

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Status Reports

Please see the Data Dictionaries section of the manual which provides the definitions for each field contained within the data forms.

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Entering, Editing, and Deleting Status Reports

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the name of a location to navigate to the Location Entry Page.

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Editing and Deleting an Existing Status Report

From the PADMS Entry Page select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the date in any of the  Status Reports fields for the particular location. Or, from the PADMS Entry Page select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the Name of the location to navigate to the Location Entry Page. Then select Status Reports from the Navigation box on the left side of the screen. 

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Batch Uploads

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

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Uploading Batch Photograph Files

Start from the PADMS Entry Page and selet select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

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Downloading Data Forms

Start at the PADMS Entry Page.

  • The user must be logged into the PADMS application
  • Select the Status Report Files (xls) found in the Reports, Downloads & Interactive Maps section under the Downloads heading
  • This link will direct the user to the PADMS Data Templates. The user can select the data form to download by clicking on the data form name

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Uploading Batch Frequency Files

Start from the PADMS Entry Page and select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

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Uploading Batch Line-point Intercept Files

Start from the PADMS Entry Page and select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

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Uploading Batch Qualitative Files

Start from the PADMS Entry Page and select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

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  • Verify that there is data in the Is there evidence of good reproductive capability field in the data form

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Data Dictionaries

Quantitative Data Dictionary – Frequency

Site Name – The name of the well pad, road, pipeline, equipment area, etc.
Collection Date – The date the data was collected
Quadrat Size – The size (within a frame) of a quadrat used to gather data (Should be ½*1 meter, as of May 2011)
Observer – The individual who observers or ‘calls-out’ the data
Transect # – The number of a transect for a site (e.g., 1 of 1, 1 of 3, etc.)
Data Source – The company/entity who provides the data (e.g., name of a contractor business PAPO, etc.)
Recorder – The individual who records/writes the observed/called-out data
Reference Location – The name of the reference location associated with a site
Operator – The name of the operator
Plant Species Symbol – The USDA Plants Database symbol for each species that occurs on a location
Numbered Columns (e.g., 1, 2, 3, etc.) – The quadrat number along a transect. A ‘0’ or ‘1’ is entered to indicate if a species is absent, or present, respectively, within a quadrat.

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Quantitative Data Dictionary – Line-point Intercept

Operator – The name of the operator
Observer – The individual who observers or ‘calls-out’ the data
Data Source – The company/entity who provides the data (e.g., name of a contractor business PAPO, etc.)
Site – The name of the well pad, road, pipeline, equipment area, etc.
Transect # – The number of a transect for a site (e.g., 1 of 1, 1 of 3, etc.)
Recorder – The individual who records/writes the observed/called-out data
Reference Location – The name of the reference location associated with a site
Direction – The direction of a transect (numeric value)
Collection Date – The date the data was collected
Top Canopy – The first species the pin flag intercepts, if none, record NONE*
Lower Canopy Layers (Code 1 – 3) – The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th species the pin flag intercepts, or herbaceous litter (L), woody litter (WL) (> 5 MM, ~ ¼” diameter).*
Soil Surface – The last item (e.g., species, duff [D], rock fragment [R], etc.) the pin flag intercepts on the ground

*If a species is intercepted in the top canopy and a lower canopy, it is ONLY recorded in the top canopy. Similarly, if a species is intercepted in more than one of the lower canopy levels (i.e., code 1 – 3), it is only recorded in the first Code where it intercepts. In other words, if a species is intercepted more than once in the top canopy, and any of the three lower canopy layers, it is recorded only in the first layer it intercepts.

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Qualitative Data Dictionary

Operator – The name of the operator
Site Name – The name of the well pad, road, pipeline, equipment area, etc.
Collection Date – The date the data was collected
Observer – The individual who observers or ‘calls-out’ the data
Data Source – The company/entity who provides the data (e.g., name of a contractor business PAPO, etc.)
Topsoil Storage – Depth and/or method topsoil is stored (e.g., stockpile [> 3 feet], stockpile [< 3 feet], Direct Haul, etc.)
Months of Topsoil Storage – The number of months the topsoil was stored
Seeding Method – The method(s) used to seed a location. If more than one method report the other method(s) in the ‘Other Seeding Method’ column
Other Seeding Method – The method used if ‘Other’ is selected in the column ‘Seeding Method’
Date Seeded – The last date a location was seeded
Seed Mix – The name of the seed mix used to reseed a location (e.g., Loamy Soil, Temporary reclamation, etc.)
Soil Amendment – Any addition to surface soils (e.g., nutrients, organic matter, etc.) immediately before or after seeding, or during seeding
Date of Amendment Application – The last date a soil amendment was added to the soil of a location. If amendments were added to the soil of a location on more than one date, report the additional dates in the ‘Soil Amendment Comments’ column
Soil Amendment Comments – Additional comments relevant to soil amendments, such as additional dates amendments were added, observations (e.g., weather following application, success, concerns, etc.) associated with an application
Is seed germination apparent? Seeds have germinated, seedlings are emerging
Is the area free of undesirable materials? Examples: trash, construction material, etc.
Is the soil stable with no indications of subsidence, slumping and/or significant erosion? Rills > 2 inches, accelerated erosion is obvious, and soils are not being held by plants on site, sheet flow, head cutting in drainages, slopes occurring on or adjacent to reclaimed areas
Are noxious or undesirable weeds absent?

Noxious Weeds – Federal, state, and county listed noxious weeds (e.g., perennial pepperweed, Canada thistle, black henbane, etc.)
Undesirable Weeds – Weeds listed as noxious by adjacent counties, or other undesirable species (e.g., common mullein [Teton County], cheatgrass, halogeton, etc.)
Is there evidence of good reproductive capability? Seed production is evident for all life forms (i.e., grasses, shrubs, and forbs). Amount of tillers, rhizomes, flowers, and/or seed stalks are comparable to the reference site.

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Examples of Completed Data Forms

Completed Frequency Data Form

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Frequency Data Formats Accepted Per Field

Required Fields
Site Name: Alphanumeric
Transect Number: Alphanumeric
Reference Location: Alphanumeric
Collection Date: mm/dd/yyyy, will not accept any date prior to 01/01/1990
Data Source: Alphanumeric
Operator: Alphanumeric
Observer: Alphanumeric
Recorder: Alphanumeric
Plant Species Symbol: Alphanumeric, only species symbols accepted
Quadrats 1 – 50: Numeric range 0 – 1 0 = Absent 1 = Present

Optional Field
Comments: Alphanumeric

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Completed Line-point Intercept Form

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Line-point Intercept Data Formats Accepted Per Field

Required Fields
Operator: Alphanumeric
Observer: Alphanumeric
Data Source: Alphanumeric
Site: Alphanumeric
Transect #: Alphanumeric
Recorder: Alphanumeric
Reference Location: Alphanumeric
Direction: Numeric range 0 - 359
Collection Date: mm/dd/yyyy, will not accept any date prior to 01/01/1990
Top Canopy: Alphanumeric, only species codes and “NONE” accepted
Soil Surface: Alphanumeric, only species and soil surface codes accepted
Soil Surface Codes:

  • BR = Bedrock
  • D = Duff
  • EL = Embedded Litter
  • LC = Lichen
  • M = Moss
  • R = Rock Fragment
  • S = Soil

Optional Fields
Lower Canopy Layers (Code 1-3): Alphanumeric, only species and layer codes accepted
Layer Codes:

  • L = Herbaceous Litter
  • WL = Woody Litter

Notes: Alphanumeric

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Completed Qualitative Data Form

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Qualitative Data Formats Accepted Per Field

Required Fields:
Operator: Alpha drop down list
Drop down list:

  • Anschutz
  • Linn
  • QEP Energy Company
  • SWEPI LP
  • Ultra
  • USQE
  • Yates

Site Name: Alphanumeric
Collection Date: mm/dd/yyyy, will not accept any date prior to 01/01/1990
Data Source: Alphanumeric
Topsoil Storage: Alphanumeric drop down list
Drop down list:

  • Stockpile (> 3 ft)
  • Stockpile (< 3 ft)
  • Direct Haul
  • None

Months of Topsoil Storage: Numeric range 0 – 999
Seeding Method: Alpha drop down list
Drop down list:

  • Broadcast
  • Drill
  • Other

Other Seeding Method: Alphanumeric, only required when Other selected for Seeding Method
Date Seeded: mm/dd/yyyy, will not accept any date prior to 01/01/1990
Seed Mix: Alpha drop down list
Drop down list:

  • Cover Crops
  • Loamy Soil
  • Playas & Other Alkaline Areas
  • Sagebrush-dominated w/ Alkaline Soils
  • Sagebrush-dominated w/ Sandy Soils
  • Saltbush Communities
  • Temporary Reclamation
  • Other


Soil Amendment: Alpha drop down list
Drop down list:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Unknown

Date of Amendment Application: mm/dd/yyyy, will not accept any date prior to 01/01/1990 and is only required when Yes is selected for Soil Amendment
“Is seed germination apparent?”: Alpha – only “Yes” or “No” is accepted
“Is the soil stable…”: Alpha – only “Yes” or “No” is accepted
“Are noxious or undesirable…”: Alpha – only “Yes” or “No” is accepted
Comments: If above question is answered with No then comment is required. Only comma separated species symbols are accepted.
“Is there evidence of good…”: Alpha – only “Yes” or “No” is accepted

Optional Fields
Observer: Alphanumeric
Soil Amendment Comments: Alphanumeric
General Comment: Alphanumeric
The Comment fields for the following questions are optional:

  • Is seed germination apparent?
  • Is the area free of undesirable materials (trash, construction materials, liquids, etc.)?
  • Is the soil stable with no indications of subsidence, slumping and /or significant erosion?
  • Is there evidence of good reproductive capability?

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