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Rainwater Basin Priority Wetlands

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2014-10-01

Summary

The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV) used wetland complex models for analysis in their conservation actions. A Historic Wetland Mask (HWM) was used as analysis features for the playa wetlands. The HWM is a GIS layer created by merging all of the playa wetland features identified from four sources: historic soil surveys , National Wetland Inventory, Soil Survey Geographic Database and a 2005 Ducks Unlimited satellite inventory. Using the HWM allows the model to analyze all potential historic wetlands and evaluate their restoration potential as waterfowl habitat. A combination of raster and vector-based spatial analysis was performed on the historic wetland footprints. Factors included in the mask were size, contemporary wetland [...]

Contacts

Point of Contact :
Roger Grosse
Process Contact :
Tricia Dudley
Distributor :
Roger Grosse
Metadata Contact :
Tricia Dudley
Originator :
Rainwater Basin Joint Venture

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Purpose

The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV) has successfully implemented wetland restoration throughout the region. One goal of the RWBJV is to develop evolving GIS-driven models which weighs the commutative effect of various landscape features to identify priority conservation focus areas and key Rainwater Basin wetlands for restoration. This research provided insight into the importance of wetland complexes and the effects of roads and other disturbance features on waterfowl behavior. The Habitat and Population Evaluation Team (HAPET) developed both regional and local scale wetland complex models to help guide future conservation actions. The regional model identified wetland complexes representing priority wetland habitat. The original Waterfowl Habitat Use Model was updated to do a fine-scale assessment of contemporary and historic wetland features in the Rainwater Basin. Factors such as anthropogenic influences and landscape features were evaluated to prioritize individual wetland’s ability to meet specific criteria influencing waterfowl use. Playa wetland features in the Historic Wetland Mask (HWM) were used as analysis features. Results from this model can be used as a guide by RWBJV partners to help prioritize wetland protection, restoration, and enhancement activities to maximize benefits to migratory waterfowl.

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Communities

  • Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • LC MAP - Landscape Conservation Management and Analysis Portal
  • Mississippi River Basin / Gulf Hypoxia Initiative

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