In 2006, the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida called for an identification of those lands and waters in the state that are critical to the conservation of Florida’s natural resources. In response, the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning, and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission collaborated to produce CLIP - the Critical Lands and Waters Identification Project. CLIP is a GIS database of statewide conservation priorities for a broad range of natural resources, including biodiversity, landscape function, surface water, groundwater, and marine resources. CLIP is now being used to inform planning decisions by the Peninsular Florida...
Systematic conservation planning is well suited to address the many large-scale biodiversity conservation challenges facing the Appalachian region. However, broad, well-connected landscapes will be required to sustain many of the natural resources important to this area into the future. If these landscapes are to be resilient to impending change, it will likely require an orchestrated and collaborative effort reaching across jurisdictional and political boundaries. The first step in realizing this vision is prioritizing discrete places and actions that hold the greatest promise for the protection of biodiversity. Five conservation design elements covering many critical ecological processes and patterns across the...
Forest Retention Index classes for the southeastern United States at 2040 were processed using the Forest Retention Decision Tree and rendered on a 30-meter by 30-meter grid. The Forest Retention Index is used only for current forestland, identified using National Land Cover Database 2011. Many datasets were used as inputs for the Forest Retention Decision Tree, and they can be grouped into five broad categories: Protected, Tier 1 Priority, Tier 2 Priority, Threats to Forest Retention, and Socio-Economic Value of Forests. Protected datasets include Protected Areas Database-United States, National Conservation Easement Database, state-maintained databases, and private datasets volunteered by conservation partners....
Estimated number of breeding pairs of LeConte's sparrow based on the amount of grass, trees, and/or hay in the landscape. Landscape scale varied from 1/4- to 2-mile radius depending on the species. Pair estimates were calculated for grass patches >=1 ha, extrapolated to 40-ac cells, then smoothed by averaging over a 1-mile radius. Models were based on point count surveys conducted in 2003-2005 throughout the Tallgrass Prairie Pothole Region. Point count locations were stratified by cover type, the amount of grass in the landscape, and USFWS Wetland Management District boundaries. Landcover data were derived from 2000 Thematic Mapper imagery. Grid values = number of breeding pairs per 30-m pixel.
Mainstem Mississippi River bottomlands. Derived by combining the Mississippi alluvial plain with natural floodplains created by the Scientific Assessment and Strategy Team for the Upper Mississippi. While the Mississippi alluvial plain is not entirely bottomland (e.g. Crowley's Ridge), excluding these non-bottomland areas from analysis would exclude opportunities to expand existing forest patches and enhance connectivity.
Important Forest Resource Areas are those landscape areas that are considered to be of high program potential or priority by State Forest Action Plans, and as defined by National Forest Stewardship Program Standards and Guidelines. This dataset contains the combined areas for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin within the Mississippi River Basin. Grid Value "1": Stewardship Potential - Areas within a state that are eligible for Forest Stewardship and Rural Forestry Assistance Program delivery, but are not considered a priority. Grid Value "2": High Stewardship Potential - Priority areas within a state that are eligible for Forest Stewardship and Rural Forestry Assistance Program delivery.
Mississippi River Basin Gridded SSURGO Farmland Class "farmlndcl" - Prime and Important soils. "Not Prime Farmland" is excluded from this dataset.
Combined core and corridor areas used to identify the landscape context of potential implementation opportunities in terms of enhancing functional connectivity. Data generated by The Conservation Fund as part of the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) and NiSource MSHCP green infrastructure network design processes.
Mississippi River Basin-wide restoration (wetland/prairie/forest) opportunities for the Cotton production system.
Estimates of county tile drainage in the Mississippi River Basin. Data Sources: 2012 USDA NASS Census of Agriculture; World Resources Institute. 2008. Assessing Farm Drainage; USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. 2014. Assessment of agricultural subsoil pattern tile drainage on wetland hydrology and ecosystem services in the Prairie Pothole Region. Field Description tiled_acre Acres drained by tile (NASS Census of Agriculture, 2012) or drainage permit acres in Dakotas (NPWRC, 2014), whichever is higher. pct_tile Percent of county drained by tile (tiled_acre/cty_acr*100) prmtac2 Acres under drainage permit in North or South Dakota (NPWRC, 2014). Best_Guess Acres drained by tile (WRI - Assessing...
Implementation opportunities (marginal and wet soils in addition to landscape context) for crop and grazing land within the riparian zone - Wabash River Basin (HU4-0512)
Forest patches, minimum size - 10 acres, within the Mississippi River Basin, derived from the 2011 National Land Cover Dataset and used to evaluate landscape context of cropland.
Implementation opportunities (marginal and wet soils in addition to landscape context) for crop and grazing land within the riparian zone - Lower Illinois River Basin (HU4-0713)
Forest patches, minimum size - 1 acre, within the Mississippi River Basin, derived from the 2011 National Land Cover Dataset and used to evaluate landscape context of riparian cropland.
Boundaries of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives participating in the Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative.
Mississippi River Basin-wide restoration (wetland/prairie/forest) opportunities for the Rice production system.
Southeast Blueprint v3.0 The Southeast Conservation Blueprint is a a map of shared conservation and restoration priorities across the Southeast and Caribbean. The priority categories represent the level of value---high or medium---of healthy natural resources and their potential to benefit fish, wildlife and plants. This Blueprint is a product of the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS). Through SECAS, diverse partners are working together to design and achieve a connected network of lands and waters that supports thriving fish and wildlife populations and improved quality of life for people across the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. Input data The Blueprint stitches together smaller...
Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) are planning documents required as part of an application for an incidental take permit under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973. They describe the anticipated effects of the proposed taking, how those impacts will be minimized, or mitigated; and how the HCP is to be funded. HCPs can apply to both federally listed and non-listed species, including those that are candidates or have been proposed for listing. Conserving species before they are in danger of extinction or are likely to become so can also provide early benefits and prevent the need for listing.
HU-8 basins attributed with various attributes related to identifying conservation opportunities within the Mississippi River Basin. See field map below. Field Name Description flag For internal use during data processing. 2 = Upper Missouri Basin (10U); 77 = Cedar River Basin Initiative; 88 = Fishers & Farmers Initiative; 7788 = (Priority for both Cedar River and Fishers & Farmers); 66 = Ohio River Basin FHP; 333 = Kansas WRAPS Priority MRBI "1" if identified as a priority by the NRCS' Mississippi river Basin Initiative, "0" if not. NWQI "1" if identified as a priority by the National Water Quality Initiative, "0" if not. HumDim "1" if intersecting a Human Dimension Study county, "0" if not. Dakotas...
Prioritized opportunities pertinent to forest or wetland conservation located within the Mississippi River Basin.