- Patrick Crist
- Director/Conservation Planner
Conservation Planning Links
- Analysis of Conservation and Economic Value of Forest Stands
- Setting Priorities for Biodiversity Conservation in Puerto Rico
- Conservation Prioritization in Napa County, California
- Integrated Conservation and Long Range Planning Using Decision Support Systems
- Community Planning Collaborative
- Biodiversity Analysis in Support of University Master Planning
Analysis of Conservation and Economic Value of Forest Stands
- Location: Arkansas
- Project Area: ~ 100,000 acres (~ 40,500 hectares)
- Client: Potlatch Corporation
- Partner Organizations: Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
- Time Frame: December 2004 April 2005
- Project Purpose
- Potlatch Corporation sought to understand where economic and conservation values of its forest stands do and do not conflict to allow more rapid progress in management planning by identifying areas where agreement can rapidly be reached and those that require more analysis and negotiation.
- Project Summary
- NatureServe conducted this analysis working collaboratively with the Arkansas Natural Heritage (ANH) Commission and Potlatch Corporation, Arkansas. ANH first conducted ground surveys of the area to supplement existing biodiversity observation data. Next, NatureServe produced eight views of conservation value of Potlatch forest stands using NatureServe Vista software and the combined that information with forest stand economic value provided by Potlatch. This resulted in seven views of the combination of conservation value and stand economic value. We stratified the stand results into three decision categories: 1) forestry opportunity for economic value, 2) conservation opportunity, 3) areas of conflict requiring additional analyses, ground truthing, and careful management planning. In all combinations except one, the large majority of stands fall in the category of conflicted values.
- Outcomes / Conservation Impact
- The analyses confirmed the results of regional analyses by the Natural Heritage Commission and The Nature Conservancy that the study area was of high conservation importance and that most forest stands had conflicted value with commodity production. The information was used to inform Potlatch management planning and disposition of land holdings.