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Steve Fuller, 2013, North Atlantic LCC Wildlife Action Plan Assistance. Mapping Species and Habitats across State Boundaries

Steve Fuller, 2013, North Atlantic LCC Wildlife Action Plan Assistance. Mapping Species and Habitats across State Boundaries

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  • North Atlantic LCC Wildlife Action Plan Assistance: Mapping Species and Habitats across State Boundaries Steve Fuller & Lori Pelech Conservation Design Specialist North Atlantic LCC U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1
  • Objective NE Conservation Synthesis for State Wildlife Actions Plans • To synthesize regional conservation information into a consistent format that states can easily access and incorporate into their Wildlife Actions Plan revisions • To this information easily accessible to states and conservation partners. 2
  • 3 How does NALCC help the Northeast States with their Wildlife Action Plans? •We compiled species data for the “RSGCN” •We compiled data layers on relative condition of habitats •We are building a national network of information platforms •We fund and negotiate data sharing agreements •We resolve data compatibility issues across state lines •We are not here to make decisions about Wildlife action Plans or SGCN data, but we can provide assistance •We can “crunch” big datasets to help analyze the distribution, abundance and condition of populations, species, and habitats •We agree to put sensitive results back in State protection •We aim to help satisfy the 8 Elements of Wildlife Action Plans
  • 4 Why is a regional context important ?
  • 5 Missing Data? The image shown is for demonstration only and does not represent actual data
  • 6 Uneven effort? The image shown is for demonstration only and does not represent actual data
  • 7 OMG A nice data set? The image shown is for demonstration only and does not represent actual data
  • 8 Rarity? Severe decline? The image shown is for demonstration only and does not represent actual data
  • 9 The image shown is for demonstration only and does not represent actual data
  • 10 What is the role of LCCs in Wildlife Action Plans? We want to create baseline landscape conservation science for voluntary use in Wildlife Action Plans: •Data layers summarizing environmental conditions that describe the status of species and habitats •Data layers summarized at multiple scales to describe the collective status of species and habitats within important geographies or jurisdictions
  • 11 WE HAVE ASSEMBLED THE DATA TO DO ALL THESE THINGS.
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  • 13 ScienceComplexity Time to Adoption Limited adoption! Useful Science We think about science utility and adoptability every day.
  • 14 What is the role of LCCs in Wildlife Action Plans? •After 10 months negotiating agreements, acquiring data, and cleaning it up… •one week we summarized the security, fragmentation, connectivity, and many other factors for over 300,000 records of top priority Northeast RSGCNs •Building a multi-state Conservation GIS involves a lot of “grunt” work… •It is the only way to see the big picture!! •We are here to provide capacity to assemble consistent data across boundaries and provide useful analyses to our partners •We need states Wildlife Action Planners to decide what to do with landscape analysis results! Getting data is the hard part.
  • NE Terrestrial Habitat Map A consistent classification and map across 13 states Above Zoom-in: Pitch Pine Barren Acidic Swamp Rocky Oak Woodland Pine-Oak Forest App Hemlock-N Hardwood Forest
  • Size Gradient TemperatureGeology
  • Possible Metrics for each Terrestrial and Wetland Type Biotic and Geophysical Indicators •Richness of rare species •TNC Portfolio •SWAP Portfolio Ecological Setting • Size of patch and core Area • Size of Block • Number of landforms / Ecological land units • Connectedness of patch • Distance /Adjacencies to other patches Human Modification • Type and number of bounding and internal roads. • Fragmentation index • Housing Density Pressure • Landscape context / Isolation index • Degree of Cutting (FIA – types only) • Age/Size class statistics (FIA – types only) • Risk of Pollution (acid ep, ozone) Securement •% of Secured Land by GAP Status •% of Secured Land by Ownership Classes •Secured Land by % Interest Types
  • Completeness Bar as of 4/5/2013: 0% 100% 0% 100% 0% 100% 0% 100% 0% 100%0% 100% 0% 100% Habitat Maps % Conserved Securement Habitat Names Habitat Descriptions State Crosswalks Places to Visit 0% 100% Associated Wildlife
  • Habitat Guide Page 1 • Map • Description (NS) • Similar Habitats • Ecological Setting • Securement • Wildlife – Birds – Herptiles – Mammals – (From Literature)
  • 20 this is a rat this is a snake What do landscape data tell us about species?
  • 21 this is a rat this is a snake
  • 22 this is a rat this is a snake
  • 23 this is a rat this is a snake this is a dead rat
  • 24 NE Regional SGCN 538 Species A dataset of 300,000 species “presences” across 13 states What are the applications of a multi-state habitat classification and a species presence dataset? Data-driven best- available science!! Raw Data Points: NatureServe State Data Bird Atlases eBird Researchers Species data hotspots QUANTIFY the relative condition of populations, patches…. Then prioritize across species, habitats, and landscapes …more efficient than QUALITATIVE rankings!!!
  • Connectivity ∑ …of factors ABCD for each point or “patch” = index of relative condition of a population or patch of habitatResiliency Integrity •RSGCN •T&E •Surrogate species Vulnerability Security Development Habitat Class
  • 26 Landscape conditions summarized for each point… •Relative condition of populations •Relative condition of habitat patches Landscape condition summarized across points… •Prioritize Species •Prioritize Habitats •Prioritize Locations •Prioritize Actions
  • 27 What is the role of LCCs in Wildlife Action Plans? SWAP CHAPTER TEMPLATE Prioritizing Actions
  • 28 •Reports and data will be packaged so that they can be used voluntarily in SWAP revisions •Each state will choose how to use our results in collaboration with their partners •Reports and data will be made accessible via the NALCC web portal •Regional tools will allow states to plan locally for species needs in the context of their regional distributions •The regional context may help prioritize decisions about which things NOT to work on.
  • 29 •Emphasis on State-Federal collaboration in the Northeast Conservation Framework •We know we NEED to collaborate managing BIG datasets is a challenge •We schedule joint meetings & fund complementary projects to States •NEAFWA Directors asked us to help with information management and synthesize landscape analysis •We created capacity in FWS, WMI and TNC to help states How do States and NALCC stay connected?