Where Do the Elk Play ? Jerry Sullivan, GIS Data Specialist Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Technology Services email@example.com 608-266-5428 Wisconsin Land Information Association February 15- 17, 2012, Stevens Point
Wisconsin Elk Habitat Suitability Analysis“An experimental elk herd of 25 animals was released into theChequamegon National Forest near Clam Lake, Wisconsin in1995. This herd thrived and increased to nearly 100 animalswithin 10 years.The project’s experimental phase ended and responsibility forthe herd transferred from the University of Wisconsin-StevensPoint to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.In June 2000, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Boardapproved a management plan for the Clam Lake elk herd.This plan established core and buffer areas, described habitatand population management techniques, and set populationobjectives.”
Wisconsin Elk Habitat Suitability AnalysisPreviously, potential elk habitat was analyzed inrelation to WISCLAND Land Cover, derived from1992-1993 Landsat imagery, for variablesincluding: winter foods, winter cover, andspring foods.Two social elements also foundas important were used in thisHabitat Suitability Index (HSI):road density and land ownership.
Wisconsin Elk Habitat Suitability AnalysisOver the course of more than a decade(1999-2010), WDNR field researcherscollected over 29,000 elk locations bytelemetry.
Wisconsin Elk Habitat Suitability AnalysisUSFS staff also created geodatabasethemes of forest stand data for federallands, with 50 classes of stand types,and photo-interpreted a land cover layerof 13 classes for private inholdings, and afive-mile buffer around the ChequamegonNicolet National Forest (CNNF).(The former lack formal metadata;the latter have complete metadata.)
Wisconsin Elk Habitat Suitability AnalysisThanks to Deb Veen, USFS, andScott McBride, WDNR, for assistance withdata sharing and temporal datapreparation.Thanks to Matthew McKay, Laine Stowell,and Bill Ceelen, all of WDNR, as projectsponsors.