Natural Community Mapping and Prioritization for Conservation Planning using GIS
Track: Ecology, Archaeology, and Conservation
Author(s): Mark Ehle
Brevard County, Florida, comprises 73 miles of Atlantic coastline and a diversity of habitats supporting 102 threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In an attempt to prioritize natural areas most in need of protection, the County has recently completed mapping its plant communities to inventory natural areas remaining in the County. Extant natural areas in the County outside of federally owned properties were ground surveyed, in addition to being photo-interpreted, and then digitized. Patches of natural communities were analyzed for area, spatial distribution, and neighboring land use. Weighting these polygon attributes in GIS identified priority conservation areas.
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