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This data release includes characteristics of wetland catchments associated with U.S. Fish and Wildlife conservation easement lands located in the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota. Characteristics include wetland catchment areas, slope length, land use, soil mapping unit, and slope grades of representative soils. County and ecoregion also are included. Summary data pertaining to lateral setback distances, or drainage setbacks, also are presented by county and soil mapping unit for a range of subsurface drainage system characteristics (i.e., drain pipe depth and diameter). Additionally, calculated variables used for data analyses and presentation in the manuscript associated with this data release are included.
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This data set includes Biodiversity 2 PCAs, Level 2 and 3 buffer areas, and the study region. Buffer polygons are areas where multiple one-mile buffers for a given PCA overlap. Level 2 provides a buffer for two PCAs and Level 3 provides a buffer for three PCAs. Buffer poylgons are categorized based on the extent conservation easements fall within them. These buffers are important conservation areas because they create wildlife corridors between multiple PCA habitats. Potential Conservation Areas (PCAs) are “land areas that can provide the habitat and ecological processes upon which a particular element (i.e. rare plant and animal species and significant plant communities) occurrence, or suite of element occurrences,...
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This data set includes Biodiversity 3 PCAs, Level 2 and 3 buffer areas, and the study region. Buffer polygons are areas where multiple one-mile buffers for a given PCA overlap. Level 2 provides a buffer for two PCAs and Level 3 provides a buffer for three PCAs. Buffer poylgons are categorized based on the extent conservation easements fall within them. These buffers are important conservation areas because they create wildlife corridors between multiple PCA habitats. Potential Conservation Areas (PCAs) are “land areas that can provide the habitat and ecological processes upon which a particular element (i.e. rare plant and animal species and significant plant communities) occurrence, or suite of element occurrences,...
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This data set includes Biodiversity 3 Potential Conservation Areas (PCAs) within the study region. Potential Conservation Areas (PCAs) are “land areas that can provide the habitat and ecological processes upon which a particular element (i.e. rare plant and animal species and significant plant communities) occurrence, or suite of element occurrences, depends for its continued existence”. PCA boundaries are determined by county-wide biological assessments conducted by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. PCAs are ranked according to their biodiversity significance, ranging from 1 (greatest) to 5 (least). This study only analyzed categories 1 to 3.PCAs are categorized in this data set based on the extent...
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This data set includes Biodiversity 1 Potential Conservation Areas (PCAs) within the study region. Potential Conservation Areas (PCAs) are “land areas that can provide the habitat and ecological processes upon which a particular element (i.e. rare plant and animal species and significant plant communities) occurrence, or suite of element occurrences, depends for its continued existence”. PCA boundaries are determined by county-wide biological assessments conducted by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. PCAs are ranked according to their biodiversity significance, ranging from 1 (greatest) to 5 (least). This study only analyzed categories 1 to 3.PCAs are categorized in this data set based on the extent...
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The conversion of grassland to cropland in the Dakotas could imperil wildlife such as nesting waterfowl and contribute to the degradation of water quality in the Mississippi River watershed. However, high crop prices in recent years have contributed to a high rate of grassland to cropland conversion on private lands. In addition to these economic factors, changes in climate could exacerbate the challenge of protecting grasslands, as conditions may become more amenable to row crop production. The goal of this project is to work with grassland conservation managers to better target the use of funds allocated toward incentivizing grassland preservation in the Dakotas. Researchers will identify the vulnerability of...


    map background search result map search result map Buffer Percentages for Multiple PCAs: Biodiversity 2 Buffer Percentages for High Biodiversity Areas Buffer Percentages for Multiple PCAs: Biodiversity 3 Buffer Percentages for Outstanding Biodiversity Areas Informing the Identification of Economically Effective Targets for Grassland Conservation in the Dakotas Conservation easements in the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota: characteristics of wetland catchments and key factors for determination of drainage setback distances Buffer Percentages for Multiple PCAs: Biodiversity 2 Buffer Percentages for High Biodiversity Areas Buffer Percentages for Multiple PCAs: Biodiversity 3 Buffer Percentages for Outstanding Biodiversity Areas Conservation easements in the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota: characteristics of wetland catchments and key factors for determination of drainage setback distances Informing the Identification of Economically Effective Targets for Grassland Conservation in the Dakotas