Conservation Planning & GIS Resources
A major role of the LCC is to think about and facilitate conservation planning at a larger spatial and temporal scale. Although there is a plethora of successful conservation agencies doing work on multiple scales throughout Appalachia, these efforts are often limited in scope. In order to accomplish the vision of landscape-scale conservation planning, the LCC has developed this integrated platform -- a planning tool -- for broad dissemination of key conservation literature, analytical products and information, and other resources to help guide land managers with on-the-ground conservation action throughout the region.
In this section of the portal you will find a framework that supports a systematic conservation planning effort, ranging from setting conservation targets to ultimately measuring conservation success. The web page navigation is presented as a series to allow the reader to progress in an intuitive and strategic planning manner. In addition, products such as a web-enabled map viewer or predictive modeling results and decision support tools that the user select key input variables can be dynamically executed.
The navigation includes:
- Tutorial: Systematic conservation planning science is a relatively young field which acknowledges that conservation has long been executed on an opportunistic, and at limited temporal and spatial scales, and often with unclear or too narrowly focused goals. By following a structured and rigorous planning process these issues can be addressed to achieve a more representative network of ecosystems, biota, and contribute to the sustainability of natural resources.
- GIS Tools are provided to help aid in systematic conservation planning. These tools, such as the Appalachian LCC funded analytical decision support tools (the U.S. Forest Service ) and map visualization tool (Energy Forecasting Map Visualization tool) allow the user to examine the spatial relationship of key resources against current or projected impacts to help consider possible management response options to solve on-the-ground problems.
- Planning in Practice, where users can find foundational maps for viewing and download. In addition, you may also view map products which were produced from Appalachian LCC, other LCC's, partner funded projects such as Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture, and The Nature Conservancy. These maps are often constructed with new data and may serve as a launching point for your exploration of these data products.
View this video by Appalachian LCC Conservation Planning Specialist Dr. Paul Leonard that provides a general overview on the function and use of this geographic information (GIS) Conservation Planning Tool.