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Protecting our land our communities our future

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Protecting our land our communities our future

Protecting Our Land, Our Communities & Our Future


Mission goal

Mission Goal:

PROACTIVELY

protect the most significant

“natural” lands

in our region

But what are they?

And where are they?

How can we speed the process up?

How can we best leverage our resources?


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TM

A ‘Bottom-Up’

Scientifically-Valid

Process for Setting Conservation Priorities

-

A Work in Progress


Conservation science forum 50 regional conservation organizations with 85 reps

Natural Lands Trust

The Nature Conservancy - PA

Audubon Society of PA

Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

Morris Arboretum

Heritage Conservancy

Villanova University

Delaware River Basin Commission

CH2M Hill

Drexel University

West Chester University

Temple University

Brandywine Conservancy

The University of Pennsylvania

Swarthmore College

University of the Sciences

U.S. EPA Region III

Pa. DEP

Widener University

Philadelphia Zoo

DVRPC

PEC

Society of Conservation Biology

Bucks County Open Space

Montgomery County Land Trust

Conservation Science Forum~ 50++ REGIONAL CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS WITH ~ 85+ REPS


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SMART CONSERVATION CONCEPT – TIERED APPROACH

Community Module

Ecological Module

Agriculture

Module

Recreation

Scenic Cultural & Historical Module

Restoration Module

Hydrologic

Module

Brownfield

Module

“hot spots” map

Step 1

“nomination” site inputs

“hot spots” map

“hot spots” map

“hot spots” map

“hot spots” map

“hot spots” map

Step 2

“PHASE 1”

or the

WEB TOOL

“VOTE”

- shows community interest

“infers” resource value - using publically available GIS data

& establishes relative development “threat”

“infers” resource value

“infers” resource value

“infers” resource value

“infers” resource value

“infers” resource value

Consortium?

Step 3

“PHASE 2” Rapid Site Assessment

provides database of activities &

contacts

for coordination

“confirms” resource value

“confirms” resource value

“confirms” resource value

“confirms” resource value

“confirms” resource value

“confirms” resource value

Step 4

community profiling

(to inform final decisions for the other modules)

Review Community Module (votes for nominated sites)

Review Community Module (votes for nominated sites)

Review Community Module (votes for nominated sites)

Review Community Module (votes for nominated sites)

Review Community Module (votes for nominated sites)

Review Community Module (votes for nominated sites)

WHO?

Smart

Conservation Model User-Tracking

NLT

PECPHILA &

BRANDYWINE

PEC

PHILA

?

Consortium?

Consortium

?

(NLT guided?)

Consortium?


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Draw Boundary Around Your Site


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Ranking County Natural Area Inventory

& PNDI Polygons

This is an early example of the Smart Conservation Ranking system for PNDI/CNAI data by polygon to reveal where the rarest and most viable populations of rare species and communities are found in a geographic region.

This ranking takes into account the number of rare elements, their rarity globally and state-wide, as well as the quality of the population and the date the population quality score was assigned

Since these early maps were generated with this process in 1998-9, NLT has improved the process so that a numeric 0-10 scoring class system can also be used to make this ranking process compatible with all the other 0-10 score ranking processes in the Smart Conservation project.


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Development Threat Assessment

for 5-county region in SE PA – could be a model for threat assessment for a broader region if data is available.


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View Results: Composite Site Score


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View Scores by Taxon


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Search Database for other Sites


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View Search Results

Select Sites to Compare


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Compare

Site Values

For Searched Sites


Benefits

Benefits

  • Establishes approximate relative values for targeting scarce resources

  • Reveals key resource information, in a

    consistent way

  • For resource or site manager, gives site and regional context

  • Builds regional database assessed sites

    • Higher Value  Protection

    • Lower Value  Restoration

  • Can work at multiple scales

  • Future: database of related information?

    • Species lists

    • Name of field assessor

    • Organization undertaking protection activities


Protecting our land our communities our future

Smart Conservation - online atPASDA http://cegis4.cas.psu.edu/scmOverview atwww.smartconservation.org

Clare Billett

[email protected]


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