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Spatial data sets to support conservation planning along the Colorado River in Utah


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Rasmussen, C.G., Gonzalez, E., and Shafroth, P.B., 2018, Spatial data sets to support conservation planning along the Colorado River in Utah: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


With the help of local and regional natural resource professionals, we developed a broad-scale, spatially-explicit assessment of 146 miles (~20,000 acres) of the Colorado River mainstem in Grand and San Juan Counties, Utah that can be used to support conservation planning and riparian restoration prioritization. For the assessment we: 1) acquired, modified or created spatial datasets of Colorado River bottomland conditions; 2) synthesized those datasets into habitat suitability models and estimates of natural recovery potential, fire risk and relative cost; 3) investigated and described dominant ecosystem trends and human uses, and; 4) suggested site selection and prioritization approaches. Here, we make available to the public spatial [...]

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This data can be used to plan, coordinate, and implement conservation actions aimed at benefitting riverine resources and societal values with limited financial and human resources along the Colorado River corridor in Utah.



  • Conservation Planning along the Colorado River in Utah
  • Fort Collins Science Center (FORT)
  • USGS Data Release Products



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DOI doi:10.5066/P927I36K

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