NatureServe is collaborating with forest industry companies to provide forest managers with tools and training in methods for identifying and conserving imperiled species and habitats. Working with the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database and contractors from the University of Georgia, NatureServe has developed a computerized method for predicting the locations of rare species and ecological communities, and provided training in how to use this method to foresters and biologists working for Office Depot's suppliers.
Known as Predictive Distribution Modeling (PDM), this is a relatively new GIS-based procedure that uses known habitat preferences of species or communities to predict additional possible occurrences. It has high potential to increase the efficiency of inventory and conservation projects in large landscapes where comprehensive, conventional field inventory efforts are not practical. PDM is based on the assumption that species and natural communities are linked to the landscape by recognizable biotic and abiotic predictors. Accordingly, PDM is a much more accurate method of estimating occurrences than most more coarsely-scaled existing range or distribution maps developed by traditional methods. Learn more about PDM.
Smiling survivors of our Predictive Distribution Modeling training class