Conservation Planning Project for Napa County Completed
Decision-Support Software Assists Land Use Plans
NatureServe has completed a pilot project that assists conservation planning in Napa County, California, a national hotspot for imperiled species. The project, carried out with The Land Trust of Napa County, systematically analyzes the county's landscape to identify the most ecologically significant places, and provides the land trust with a parcel-level analysis of protection priorities.
To accomplish this, NatureServe led a team of scientists, conservation planners, economists, geographic information systems specialists, and software engineers to develop a decision-support system (DSS) for land-use and conservation planning. The results help planners understand local ecosystems, identify high-priority lands and waters, and evaluate alternative land-use plans.
The Napa County pilot project is the subject of the cover story in the November 2003 issue of Geospatial Solutions magazine.
The DSS project was launched in 2001 with generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and is additionally supported by the Surdna Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and NASA.
The software we have developed, known as NatureServe Vista, is now available in beta release.
the Geospatial Solutions article (331K, PDF file)
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