Landscape-scale Assessments of Biodiversity for Informing Conservation

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Conservation of biodiversity relies on having spatial data, such as predictive species distribution models and protected areas layers, that can inform conservation prioritization across the US. Nationwide species distribution models for amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles are currently being developed, using a standardized and consistent methodology. We have begun a national biodiversity assessment that identifies how much of each species’ distribution occurs on lands managed for biodiversity and what agencies manage those lands, based on USGS-GAP’s Protected Areas Database of the US (PAD-US). Land managers, researchers, decision makers, and the general public can use this information to evaluate the efficacy of conservation strategies or to identify critical habitat. We maintain a database that can provide these data for each species by state, county, and Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC). These data will help to prioritize conservation efforts in the US by providing landscape-scale assessments of biodiversity.

Thomas Laxson

Thomas Laxson is a GIS Analyst with the Gap Analysis Program, Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.

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October 17, 2013 - 3:30pm - 4:00pm
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