The intent of this project was to create an updated ecological database for the University and to conduct analyses of conservation value for a select group of potential development sites. We then delivered the database and the NatureServe Vista software to the University.
NatureServe has assembled existing and new information to create a comprehensive biodiversity analysis of lands owned by University of Virginia (UVA) and the University of Virginia Foundation (UVAF). This biodiversity analysis is intended to inform the University of Virginia (UVA) master planning process. As part of this project, NatureServe is providing:
This final report summarizing conservation values throughout the UVA and UVAF properties, suggesting conservation goals for future planning, and establishing example scenarios that examine how alternative future land use plans affect the ability to realize conservation goals.
A conservation planning tool (NatureServe Vista) for use as an ArcMap extension to develop conservation value summaries, modify landscape conservation goals, and create new conservation scenarios as new information is received.
Formal training of UVA staff on the NatureServe Vista application as well as ongoing software support services.
Outcomes / Conservation Impact
The information was used in the university master planning process to identify areas of potential high impact from university development and those areas of relatively low ecological value that could be oriented toward intensive uses.