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What are current conditions for important park natural resources? What are the critical data and knowledge gaps? What are some of the factors that are influencing park resource conditions? Natural Resource Condition Assessments (NRCAs) evaluate and report on the above for a subset of important natural resources in national park units (hereafter, parks). Focal study resources and indicators are selected on a park-by-park basis, guided by use of structured resource assessment and reporting frameworks. Considerations include park resource setting and enabling legislation (what are this park's most important natural resources?) and presently available data and expertise (what can be evaluated at this time?). In addition...
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Natural landscapes in the Southwestern United States are changing. In recent decades, rising temperatures and drought have led to drier conditions, contributed to large-scale ecological impacts, and affected many plant and animal species across the region. The current and future trajectory of climate change underscores the need for managers and conservation professionals to understand the impacts of these patterns on natural resources. In this regional assessment of the Southwest Climate Change Initiative, we evaluate changes in annual average temperatures from 1951–2006 across major habitats and large watersheds and compare these changes to the number of species of conservation concern that are found within these...
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Mojave and Great Basin Upper Bajada and Toeslope distribution within the DRECP study area.This community was extracted from the Land/Use Natural Vegetation Communities dataset provided by Aerial Information Systems and the California Dept. of Fish and Game. Extractions were based on the GroupCommunity field.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP) and contractor Aerial Information Systems (AIS) created a fine-scale vegetation map of a portion of the western Mojave Desert in California. The mapped area is bounded to the west and south by USDA Ecoregional Subsection 322Ag of the Mojave Desert (Miles and Goudey 1997). To the east, the portion mapped...
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Intermontane Deep or Well-Drained Soil Scrub distribution within the DRECP study area.This community was extracted from the Land/Use Natural Vegetation Communities dataset provided by Aerial Information Systems and the California Dept. of Fish and Game. Extractions were based on the GroupCommunity field.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP) and contractor Aerial Information Systems (AIS) created a fine-scale vegetation map of a portion of the western Mojave Desert in California. The mapped area is bounded to the west and south by USDA Ecoregional Subsection 322Ag of the Mojave Desert (Miles and Goudey 1997). To the east, the portion mapped by...
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The California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP) and contractor Aerial Information Systems (AIS) created a fine-scale vegetation map of a portion of the western Mojave Desert in California. The mapped area is bounded to the west and south by USDA Ecoregional Subsection 322Ag of the Mojave Desert (Miles and Goudey 1997). To the east, the portion mapped by AIS (approx. 4,202,000 acres) is bounded by the borders of a vegetation map produced in 2004 for the Mojave Desert Ecosystem Program (MDEP). VegCAMP mapped a portion of the area mapped previously for the MDEP (approx. 776,000 acres) using the finer-scale rules and classification that AIS used for the larger...
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The California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP) and contractor Aerial Information Systems (AIS) created a fine-scale vegetation map of a portion of the western Mojave Desert in California. The mapped area is bounded to the west and south by USDA Ecoregional Subsection 322Ag of the Mojave Desert (Miles and Goudey 1997). To the east, the portion mapped by AIS (approx. 4,202,000 acres) is bounded by the borders of a vegetation map produced in 2004 for the Mojave Desert Ecosystem Program (MDEP). VegCAMP mapped a portion of the area mapped previously for the MDEP (approx. 776,000 acres) using the finer-scale rules and classification that AIS used for the larger...
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Climate Distance Mapper is an interactive web mapping application designed to facilitate informed seed sourcing decisions and to aid in directing regional seed collections. Implemented as a shiny web application (Chang et al. 2017), Climate Distance Mapper is hosted on the web at: https://usgs-werc-shinytools.shinyapps.io/Climate_Distance_Mapper/. The application is designed to guide restoration seed sourcing in the desert southwest by allowing users to interactively match seed sources with restoration sites climatic differences – in the form of multivariate climate distance values – between restoration sites and the surrounding landscape. Climatic distances are based on a combination of variables likely to influence...
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Five principal components are used to represent the climate variation in an original set of 12 composite climate variables reflecting complex precipitation and temperature gradients. The dataset provides coverage for future climate (defined as the 2040-2070 normal period) under the RCP4.5 emission scenarios. Climate variables were chosen based on their known influence on local adaptation in plants, and include: mean annual temperature, summer maximum temperature, winter minimum temperature, annual temperature range, temperature seasonality (coefficient of variation in monthly average temperatures), mean annual precipitation, winter precipitation, summer precipitation, proportion of summer precipitation, precipitation...
The recognition and characterization of aeolian dust in soil contribute to a better understanding of landscape and ecosystem dynamics of drylands. Results of this study show that recently deposited dust, sampled in isolated, mostly high-ground settings, is chemically and mineralogically similar on varied geologic substrates over a large area (15 000 km2) in the Mojave Desert. The silt-plus-clay fraction (fines) on these isolated surfaces is closely alike in magnetic-mineral composition, in contrast to greatly dissimilar magnetic compositions of rock surfaces of vastly different lithologies, on which the fines have accumulated. The fines, thus, are predominantly deposited dust. The amounts of potential nutrients...
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The U.S. Geological Survey collected groundwater samples from 48 grid wells and 11 understanding wells screened in aquifers used for domestic supply in San Bernardino County, California, in 2018. The sites were sampled for the Mojave Basin (MOBS) Shallow Aquifer Study Unit of the California State Water Resources Control Board Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Program Priority Basin Project’s assessment of the quality of groundwater resources used for domestic and small system drinking water supplies. The MOBS study unit covered the Upper, Middle, and Lower Mojave River groundwater basins, El Mirage groundwater basin, and part of the Harper Valley groundwater basin [California Department of Water...
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Five principal components are used to represent the climate variation in an original set of 12 composite climate variables reflecting complex precipitation and temperature gradients. The dataset provides coverage for future climate (defined as the 2040-2070 normal period) under the RCP8.5 emission scenarios. Climate variables were chosen based on their known influence on local adaptation in plants, and include: mean annual temperature, summer maximum temperature, winter minimum temperature, annual temperature range, temperature seasonality (coefficient of variation in monthly average temperatures), mean annual precipitation, winter precipitation, summer precipitation, proportion of summer precipitation, precipitation...
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The California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP) and contractor Aerial Information Systems (AIS) created a fine-scale vegetation map of a portion of the western Mojave Desert in California. The mapped area is bounded to the west and south by USDA Ecoregional Subsection 322Ag of the Mojave Desert (Miles and Goudey 1997). To the east, the portion mapped by AIS (approx. 4,202,000 acres) is bounded by the borders of a vegetation map produced in 2004 for the Mojave Desert Ecosystem Program (MDEP). VegCAMP mapped a portion of the area mapped previously for the MDEP (approx. 776,000 acres) using the finer-scale rules and classification that AIS used for the larger...
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Utility scale renewable energy development projects are currently proposed across the deserts of the Southwestern United States. Agencies that manage biological resources must understand the potential impacts of these projects and infrastructure (e.g., transmission corridors, substations, access roads, etc.) in order to select appropriate development sites and to mitigate for anticipated effects. Of major concern is determining how future development will impact wildlife movement and genetic exchange among core protected areas and whether increased fragmentation will impact species' abilities to adapt to changing environmental conditions. The adaptive and evolutionary potential of a species is ultimately dependent...
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Mojavean Semi-Desert Wash Scrub distribution within the DRECP study area.This community was extracted from the Land/Use Natural Vegetation Communities dataset provided by Aerial Information Systems and the California Dept. of Fish and Game. Extractions were based on the GroupCommunity field.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP) and contractor Aerial Information Systems (AIS) created a fine-scale vegetation map of a portion of the western Mojave Desert in California. The mapped area is bounded to the west and south by USDA Ecoregional Subsection 322Ag of the Mojave Desert (Miles and Goudey 1997). To the east, the portion mapped by AIS (approx....
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California Annual Forb/Grass Vegetation distribution within the DRECP study area.This community was extracted from the Land/Use Natural Vegetation Communities dataset provided by Aerial Information Systems and the California Dept. of Fish and Game. Extractions were based on the GroupCommunity field.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP) and contractor Aerial Information Systems (AIS) created a fine-scale vegetation map of a portion of the western Mojave Desert in California. The mapped area is bounded to the west and south by USDA Ecoregional Subsection 322Ag of the Mojave Desert (Miles and Goudey 1997). To the east, the portion mapped by AIS...
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Intermountain Mountain Big Sagebrush Shrubland and Steppe distribution within the DRECP study area.This community was extracted from the Land/Use Natural Vegetation Communities dataset provided by Aerial Information Systems and the California Dept. of Fish and Game. Extractions were based on the GroupCommunity field.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP) and contractor Aerial Information Systems (AIS) created a fine-scale vegetation map of a portion of the western Mojave Desert in California. The mapped area is bounded to the west and south by USDA Ecoregional Subsection 322Ag of the Mojave Desert (Miles and Goudey 1997). To the east, the portion...
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30 meter resolution raster representation of the General Composition level values within the updated Land Cover/Natural Vegetation Communities vector dataset. The following description is from the vector version from which this dataset was derived: The California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP) and contractor Aerial Information Systems (AIS) created a fine-scale vegetation map of a portion of the western Mojave Desert in California. The mapped area is bounded to the west and south by USDA Ecoregional Subsection 322Ag of the Mojave Desert (Miles and Goudey 1997). To the east, the portion mapped by AIS (approx. 4,202,000 acres) is bounded by the borders...
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LandScope America—a collaborative project of NatureServe and the National Geographic Society—is a new online resource for the land-protection community and the public. By bringing together maps, data, photos, and stories about America’s natural places and open spaces, our goal is to inform and inspire conservation of our lands and waters.


map background search result map search result map Mojavean Semi-Desert Wash Scrub - Natural Community Distribution, DRECP California Annual Forb/Grass Vegetation - Natural Community Distribution, DRECP Mojave and Great Basin Upper Bajada and Toeslope - Natural Community Distribution, DRECP Intermontane Deep or Well-Drained Soil Scrub - Natural Community Distribution, DRECP Intermountain Mountain Big Sagebrush Shrubland and Steppe - Natural Community Distribution, DRECP Land Cover/Natural Vegetation Communities (General Level - Raster), DRECP Land Cover/Natural Vegetation Communities (Group Level), Imperial Borrego Valley, DRECP Land Cover/Natural Vegetation Communities (Group Level), Pinto Lucerne Valley and Eastern Slopes, DRECP Land Cover/Natural Vegetation Communities (Group Level), Owens River Valley, DRECP Anaxyrus punctatus - Genetic diversity landscape, in the Mojave and Sonoran Desert LandScope America Natural Resource Condition Assessments Managing Changing Landscapes in the Southwestern United States Principal components of climate variation in the Desert Southwest for the future time period 2040-2070 (RCP 4.5) Climate Distance Mapper R Script Study Boundary and Grid Cells for the Mojave Basin Shallow Aquifer Study Unit Principal components of climate variation in the Desert Southwest for the future time period 2040-2070 (RCP 8.5) Study Boundary and Grid Cells for the Mojave Basin Shallow Aquifer Study Unit Land Cover/Natural Vegetation Communities (Group Level), Imperial Borrego Valley, DRECP Land Cover/Natural Vegetation Communities (Group Level), Pinto Lucerne Valley and Eastern Slopes, DRECP California Annual Forb/Grass Vegetation - Natural Community Distribution, DRECP Intermountain Mountain Big Sagebrush Shrubland and Steppe - Natural Community Distribution, DRECP Intermontane Deep or Well-Drained Soil Scrub - Natural Community Distribution, DRECP Mojave and Great Basin Upper Bajada and Toeslope - Natural Community Distribution, DRECP Mojavean Semi-Desert Wash Scrub - Natural Community Distribution, DRECP Land Cover/Natural Vegetation Communities (General Level - Raster), DRECP Anaxyrus punctatus - Genetic diversity landscape, in the Mojave and Sonoran Desert Managing Changing Landscapes in the Southwestern United States Climate Distance Mapper R Script Principal components of climate variation in the Desert Southwest for the future time period 2040-2070 (RCP 4.5) Principal components of climate variation in the Desert Southwest for the future time period 2040-2070 (RCP 8.5) LandScope America Natural Resource Condition Assessments