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Interactive Conservation Planning for the Appalachian LCC

The Appalachian LCC is currently engaged in an effort to develop a draft regional conservation plan for the Cooperative using an interactive and iterative spatial prioritization framework. Using available data and modeling approaches that are well supported in the literature, researchers from Clemson University are developing conservation planning models that include site selection, ecological threat assessments, and broad ranging habitat and ecological connectivity analyses.

The research team is working closely with designated technical teams from each major region in the Appalachian LCC to offer unique insights and input to help guide the interactive conservation planning process. After each round of feedback, revised conservation scenarios are being produced.

The first draft results were presented to the Steering Committee for feedback in September 2014 and the next iteration will be completed by the next Steering Committee in July 2015. The Committee will have an opportunity for further engagement with the research team to help refine the plan and prepare it for a broader release to other stakeholders. Following 2-3 such feedback loops, conservation planning map products will be posted on the Web Portal for public dissemination and incorporated into the Appalachian LCC’s mapping platform.

Appalachian LCC FY 2013-14 Project Funding

Throughout Appalachian LCC Boundary

An online tool enables partners to ask multiple questions about the underlying data, such as why is this place important and what priorities are within this area.

Video Presentation: Interactive Conservation Planning & Design